Hymns for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (17 Sept 2023) - - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty fourth 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 such hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.

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.

Seasonal note

If this day falls on 14-September, it may be replaced by the feast of the The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.   Check your local liturgical calendar for details.


First: Ecclesiasticus / Sirach 27: 3 - 28:7 - Describes the consequences of anger and resentment, and instructs the reader to live by the commandments.

Psalm 102 - The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy / My soul give thanks to the Lord / It is he who forgives your guilt / His wrath will come to an end / For as the heavens are high above the earth.

Second: Romans 14: 7-9 - The life and death of each of us had influence on others ... dead or alive we belong to the Lord.

Gospel: Matthew  18: 21-35  - Jesus tells Peter that he must forgive seventy times seven, and recounts the parable of the servant whose debts where forgiven, but who then did not forvive the debts that were owed to him.


Mercy and compassion.   Forgiveness.  God's forgiveness of us, our need to forgive  and make peace.

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

Amazing Grace

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Father of Heaven, Whose Love Profound

Have Mercy, Lord, on Us We Pray

Hear Our Entreaties, Lord

Immortal, Invisible

In Christ there is no East or West

Let us Break Bread Together

Lord Make me an Instrument of Peace

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Hymns which may still be copyright

Freely Freely - Owens

Forget Not What God Has Done - Haugen

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