Hymns suggestions for the Feast of Christ the King, Year A (26 November 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, 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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns which are still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.

Seasonal note

The feast of Christ the King is the last Sunday of the Church year - it is equivalent to the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time.


Ezekiel  34:11-12, 15-17 - The Lord will look after his flock like a shepherd - and will judge between sheep and rams.

Psalm 22/23 - The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want / Near restful waters he leads me / You have prepared a banquet for me / Surely goodness and kindness

Second:  I Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 - Christ has been raised from the dead ... at the end, he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father.

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 - Jesus tells the disciples that when the Son of Man comes .. he will take up his seat on the throne of glory and separate men as the shepherd separates sheep and goats ... the Kingdom will be given to the virtuous


Christ the King - who cares for his people like a shepherd.   Living justly.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

Hail Redeemer King Divine

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

He is King of Kings

Immortal Invisible God only Wise (esp verse 4)

Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun

Judge Eternal Throned in Splendor - Holland

Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (esp. verse 2)

My Shepherd will Supply my Need - Watts

O Thou the Heaven's Eternal King - Caswall

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