Hymns for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (20 August 2023)

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 twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

"Free-to-use" means 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.

Seasonal note

Since 2012, 17 August has featured on the liturgical Calendar as the Memorial of Our Lady of Knock.   See Hymns for Our Lady of Knock for additional suggestions

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


First: Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7 - Have a care for justice, act with integrity ... Foreigners .. I will bring to my holy mountain ... for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples..

Psalm 66 - Let all the peoples praise you O God / O God be gracious and bless us / Lets the nations be glad and exult / Let the peoples praise you O God.

Second: Romans 11: 115, 29-32 - Paul identifies himself as an apostle to the Gentiles, and makes it clear that all can receive God's mercy

Gospel: Matthew  15:21-28  - The Canaanite woman asks Jesus for healing for her daughter who is tormented by a demon.” The disciples urged him to send her away, and he initially refuses to help. But she persists, saying that even the dogs get crumbs from the master's table. He sees the greatness of her faith and the daughter is healed.


Unity.   God's love for all people of every country and race.   Persistence.   Faithfulness.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

All People that on Earth Do Dwell

Christ is made the Sure Foundation

God is Love His the Care

He's got the Whole World in His Hand

In Christ there is no East or West

Let all the World in Every Corner Sing

Let us with A Gladsome Mind

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

O Magnify the Lord with Me

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven (esp verse 3)

Prayer will at Last Gain an Answer

Psalm 66 - Music for Mass setting

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Your Hands / Thine Arm O Lord in Days of Old

We Walk by Faith

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Place at the Table - Murray / True

All are Welcome - Haugen

Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race - Duck

Lay Your Hands - Landry

She Came at Last to Jesus - Gillette

Sing to the Lord of Christ our Sovereign Lord - Lee

The Summons (Will you come and follow me) - Bell

We Cannot Measure How You Heal - Bell

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