Hymns for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (27 August 2023) - Catholic lectionary

Selected hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

Many 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 listed.  A small selection of hymns which are still copyright may also be included if they are particularly appropriate.

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 22: 19-23 - The prophet delivers God's message that he will give earthly authority ... to one who shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open.

Psalm 137 - Your love, O Lord is eternal, discard not the work of your hands / I thank you Lord with all my heart / I thank you for your faithfulness and love / The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly.

Second: Romans 11: 33-36 - Paul reflects on the depths of God and asks “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor?”

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 - Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” and then “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, ..." Jesus blesses him, and declares him to be ... Peter, and on this rock I will build my church ...


Recognising God.   The church built on rock.  Kingdom.  Trust.  Mission.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

All my Hope on God is Founded

Be Still and Know

Be Thou My Vision

Built on a Rock

Soul of my Saviour

Take my Life and Let it Be

The Church's One Foundation

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Thy Hand O God has Guided

We Walk by Faith

Hymns which may still be copyright

Anointed One (What fabled names from Judah's past) - Troeger

God Loves a Cheerful Giver (verse 1) - Winter

I Call to You my Rock - Leckebusch

Lift High the Cross

Meekness and Majesty - Kendrick

Peter the Rock - Living Waters (video)

Walk with Me  - Rice

Well Jesus is the Rock - Treagus

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