Hymns for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (8 October 2023) - Catholic lectionary

Hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty seventh 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 selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly appropriate.

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: Please leave a message in the Comments section below.


First: Isaiah 5:1-7 - The prophet compares Jerusalem with a vineyard that only produces sour grapes. ...  The Lord of hosts expected justice but found bloodshed, expected integrity but found only a cry of distress

Psalm 79 - The vineyard of the Lord is the House of Israel / Your brought a vine out of Egypt / Then why have you broken down its walls / God of hosts, turn again we implore, and we shall never forsake you again..

Second: Philippians 4:6-9 - If there is anything you need, pray for it ... fill your minds with everything that is true, noble, good ... then the peace of God will be with you.

Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43 - Parable of the wicked tenants who killed the vineyard owners son - the stone the builders rejected became the keystone - the kingdom will be given to a people who will produce its fruit.


The Church as the vineyard of the Lord.    God as the creator of all.  Our need to examine our lives to see if we are bearing fruit.

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

Free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Alleluia Sing to Jesus

Blest are the Poor in Heart

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Come Christians Join to Sing

God Created Earth and Heaven

God is Working His Purpose Out

I Sing the Might Power of God

Lord Make me an Instrument of Peace

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

My Song is Love Unknown

Praise we Our God with Joy

Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty

To Do Your Will

Those who Love and Those who Labour

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Single Unmatched Stone - Troeger

Celtic Alleluia - Walker (verse 1 "the stone which the builders rejected")

O Christ the Great Foundation - Lew

O my People - Lundy   (esp verse 4)

The Temple of the Living God - Forster

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