Hymns for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (1 October 2017)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning that 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: Ezekiel - The sinner who renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest deserves to live.

Psalm 24 - Remember your mercy Lord / Lord make me know your ways / The Lord is good and upright.

Second: Philippians - Always consider the other person to be better than yourself - in your minds you must be the same as Christ .

Gospel: Matthew 21 - Parable of the disobedient son.


Keeping true to God's word.   Obedience.   Service.   Christ who obeyed the Father in word and deed.   God's mercy and kindness.

In the northern hemisphere, harvest festival is around this time, so hymn suggestions from many sources are based on God's generosity from the earth.   This theme is not been included in the list below, you may want to consider the Harvest Festival hymn suggestions in some areas.

Suggested artwork

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

Suggested free-use hymns

A New Commandment

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Amazing Grace

At the Name of Jesus

Blest are the Poor in Heart

Firmly I Believe and Truly

God So Loved the World

In Christ There is no East or West

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

Jesus Lover of my Soul

Lead us Heavenly Father

O God our Help in Ages Past

Psalm 24 - Music for Mass setting

The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns

There Is a Balm in Gilead

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

He is Lord - Unknown

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: please leave a comment below.

Resources for church-music selection

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