Hymns for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (24 Sept 2023) - Catholic lectionary

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty fifth 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 are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.


First: Isaiah 55:6-9 - The prophet tells people to seek the Lord, who is rich in forgiving.  ...   My ways are not your ways.

Psalm 144 - The Lord is close to all who call him / I will bless you day after day / The Lord is kind and full of compassion / The Lord is just in all his ways.

Second: Philippians 1:20-24, 27 - Life to me is Christ  ... avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel of Christ.

Gospel: Matthew 20: 1-16 - Parable of the vineyard workers - the last shall be first and the first shall be last.


God's love for us.   Generosity.   God's ways vs human ways.

In the northern hemisphere, harvest festival is around this time, and hymn suggestions from many sources are based on God's generosity from the earth.   This theme is not universal, so it has not been included in the list below.  You may want to consider the Harvest Festival hymn suggestions if it gratitude for the harvest is celebrated in your country.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All my Hope on God is Founded

Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine

Christ from Whom all Blessings Flow

God is Love His the Care

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Immortal, Invisible

Now Thank we all our God

O Worship the King

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Praise to the Holiest in the Height

Praise we our God with Joy

Precious Lord Take my Hand

The Church's One Foundation

The Lord's my Shepherd

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

We Walk by Faith

Hymns which may still be copyright

For the Fruits of His Creation - Pratt-Green

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