Hymns for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (3 September 2023), Catholic lectionary

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

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), so 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.  A small selection of hymns that may still be copyright are also included, if these are particularly relevant.

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


First: Jeremiah 20: 7-9 - The prophet describes his experiences after he was enticed by the Lord - he has become a laughingstock ... he is compelled by "something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; " to proclaim the word of the Lord even though he faces reproach and derision for it.

Psalm 62 - My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God / O God, for you I long / So I gaze on you in the sanctuary / So I will bless you all my life / For you have been my help.

Second: Romans 12: 1-2 - Paul appeals to the brothers and sisters, .. to to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, ... Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God.

Gospel: Matthew  16: 21-27  - Jesus begins showing disciples that he will suffer, be killed, and on the third day be raised. Peter rebukes him, but Jesus identifies this response as .. "setting your mind not on divine things but on human things. ” “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.


Discerning and doing God's will.  Struggle.   The Cross.  Sacrifice.

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

Free-use hymns

Almighty Father Lord Most High

At the Name of Jesus

Be Thou my vision

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Father Hear the Prayer we Offer

My God how Wonderful Thou Art

Hail the Sign the Cross of Jesus

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

In Christ there is no East or West

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

Jesu Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

Near the Cross

O Cross of Christ Immortal Tree

Praise to the Holiest in the Heights

Psalm 62 - Music for Mass setting

Take up Thy Cross

To Do Your Will

The King of Love my Shepherd Is

What Wondrous Love

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Hymns which may still be copyright

All that I Am - Temple

Follow Me Follow Me - Cockett

I Give my Hands - White

Lift High the Cross

Lose Your Life and Save It - Collegeville Composers

Wherever He Leads, I'll Go - McKinney

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