Hymns for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (29 October 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the thirtieth 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 which are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.


First: Exodus 22:20-26 - The Lord tells Moses to instruct the people how to behave towards the stranger, the widow, the orphan, the poor - and that the Lord will listen to their cries.

Psalm 17  - I love you Lord my strength / Long life to the Lord my stronghold.

Second: I Thessalonians 1:5-10 - Paul reflects that the people took to the gospel with the joy of the Holy Spirit, that the broke with idolatry and were converted to God and are now waiting for Jesus to come from heaven.

Gospel: Matthew 22: 34-40 - The Pharisees put Jesus to the test by asking about the greatest commandment - he answer "love the Lord your God ... and love your neighbour as yourself."


The commandment to love - empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Doing God's will.

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 are the Pure in Heart

Come out of the Wilderness

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Firmly I Believe and Truly

God is Love, His the Care

God is Love Let Heaven Adore Him

How Can I Keep from Singing

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

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  1. It's far from my favorite, but "They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love" seems a good fit.

    1. Agree - far from my own favourite too, but a hymn that I sometimes select if it fits the skills and repertoire of our musicians for the week. I'll add it to the post when put in a "Hymns which may still be copyright" section in a couple of weeks.


  2. There are many a parishioner who asks for 'They'll Know We are Christians by Our Love'. It is an old favourite of many and it is easy to sing. :) Thank you for including it.

    1. Indeed. Personally I'd left it behind with the 1970s. But some contemporary artists eg Jars of Clay, have re-discovered and I've been surprise at how durable it has been.


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