Hymns for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (10 September 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty third 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 - 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 number of hymns that may still be copyright are also included, if they are particularly appropirate.


First: Ezekiel 33: 7-9 - The prophet explains that God will hold him responsible for failing to pass on information from God.

Psalm 94 - O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your heart / Come ring out our joy to the Lord / Come in and let us bow and bend low.

Second: Romans 13 8-10 - All the commandments are summed up in a single command:  You must love your neighbour as yourself ... love is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Gospel: Matthew 18: 15-20  - Jesus outlines a process for resolving conflicts in the community - approaching the offender first and then the elders. ... "Where two or three meet in my name, I am there."


Christ's on-going presence in the world.    Relationships.  Reconciliation.    Love.   Being faithful to God's word.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A New Commandment

Beloved Let us Love

Blest be the Tie that Binds

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Come You Sinners Poor and Needy

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Draw us in the Spirit's Tether

God is Love, His the Care

Holy Holy Holy

How can I Keep from Singing

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Immortal, Invisible

In Christ there is no East or West

Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

Love the Lord your God

O Come and Sing to God The Lord

Psalm 94 - Music for Mass setting

Rejoice the Lord is King

Soul of my Saviour

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Those who Love and Those who Labour
What Wondrous Love

Hymns which may still be copyright

Called to Shed Light - Fawcett

Embrace the Universe with Love - Boyce-Tillman

Let There be Love

Where Two or Three are Gathered in the Name of Christ - Gibson

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