Hymns for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (21 January 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B.

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.

The  third Sunday of Ordinary Time has also been nominated as the day to observe Sunday of the Word of God:  Any hymns based directly on Scripture may be helpful to support this, and a list of hymns about The Word of God has been prepared.

Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 - The Lord sends Jonah to preach in Nineveh - the people were converted and God repented and did not inflict on them the disaster he had threatened.

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

Second: I Corinthians 7: 29-31 - Our time is growing short ... the world as we know it is passing away.

Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 - Jesus calls the fishermen Simon and Andrew, and James and John - to follow him.


God teaches us his ways.   Come, follow me.   Jesus teaching repentance, as Jonah did.

Free-use pictures and illustrations

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

Come Let us to the Lord our God

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer

Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee

O Jesus I Have Promised

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Sing Praise to God who Reigns Above

Someone's Knocking

Take up Your Cross and Follow Me (public domain in the USA)

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

When Christ our Lord to Andrew Cried

Hymns that may be still copyright

By Name I Have Called You - Landry

Christ is the World's Light - Pratt-Green

Come Follow Me

In Love You Summon - Bell

Jesus Christ Is Waiting - Song of Iona - Bell

New Songs of Celebration Render - Erik Routley (1972)

The Lord Observed Two Fishermen - Tietze

They Cast their Nets in Galilee - Percy

Two Fishermen - Toolan

The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me) -  Bell

Walk in my Ways - Collegeville composers group

You Call to Us Lord Jesus - :Patterson

You Walk Along Our Shoreline - Dunstan

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1 comment:

  1. Come Follow Me - Aniceto Nazareth - is in my copy of Liturgical Hymns Old & New published 1999


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