Hymns for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (23 July 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

Most are "Free-to-use" meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.  Some hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly appropriate.

Suggestions about other hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First:   Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19- Although you are sovereign in strength, you judge with mildness, and with great forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act whenever you choose. Through such works you have taught your people that the righteous must be kind, and you have filled your children with good hope,...

Psalm  85 - O Lord you are good and forgiving / All the nations shall come to adore you / But you, God of mercy and compassion

Second: Romans 8: 26-27-  ...we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Gospel: Matthew 13 24-43 - The parable of the weeds / tares / darnel in the wheat, and the parable of the mustard seed, and the parable of the yeast and leavened bread. Jesus preached in parables to fulfill scripture - and he explained them: ... “the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!".


God as a compassionate and merciful judge.   Our assurance of forgiveness because God sent his Son.

Free-use artwork

See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

Free-use hymns

All People that on Earth Do Dwell

Amazing Grace

Balm in Gilead

Come You Thankful People Come

Fight the Good Fight

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Now Thank we All Our God

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Psalm 85 - Music for Mass setting

Psalm 86 - Sunday Psalm setting

Praise to the Holiest in the Height

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

We Walk by Faith

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Sower Went Forth to Sow, He Did - Whitney

All that is Hidden - Farrell

Freely Freely - Owens

The Reign of God - Dufner

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