Hymns for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (30 July 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing.  Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.  A small selection of hymns which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

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


First: I Kings 3:5, 7-12 - The Lord appears to Solomon in a dream - Solomon asks for wisdom and a heart to understand discerning between good and evil.   It pleased the Lord that Solomon asked for this, not for riches for himself

Psalm 118 - Lord how I love your law / My part I have resolved O Lord / Let your love be ready to console me / This is why I love your commands / Your will is wonderful indeed.

Second: Romans 8 28-30 -  God co-operates with all those who love him ... they are the ones who he indended to become true images of his Son.

Gospel: Matthew 13: 44-52 - The parable of the treasure in the field ... the one who finds it sells everything he owns and buys the field. The parable of the pearl merchant ... parable of the dragnet cast into the sea - this is how it will be at the end of time, the angels will separate the good from the wicked. - Jesus uses all these parables to illustrate what the kingdom of Heaven is like.


Wisdom.   Discernment - good judgement.    Seeking God, who is the treasure we have found.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

Be Thou my Vision

Blest are the Pure in Heart

God in Heaven Hath a Treasure

God is Love, His the Care

God is Working His Purpose Out

God Whose Almighty Word

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Happy the Man - Wesley (verse 6\)

High in the Heavens Eternal God

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Lord Thy Word Abideth (Your Word Shall Guide Us)

O God our Help in Ages Past

O the Beautiful Treasure

Psalm 118 - Music for Mass setting

Psalm 118 - Sunday Psalm setting

Take my Life and Let it Be

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Hymns which may still be copyright

God of Grace and God of Glory - Fosdick

Holy Wisdom Lamp of Learning - Duck

O God of Wisdom, God of Truth - Senchur

There is a Longing - Quigley

When Jesus Came Preaching the Kingdom of God - Pratt-Green

Where Your Treasure is - Haugen

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