Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (28 January 2024) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fourth 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.

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.

Seasonal note

This day sometimes coincides with 1 February which is the feast of S Brigid of Kildare, or 2 February, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.


First: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 - Moses tells the people that the Lord has promised to raise up a prophet from among them, who will have God's word put into his mouth.

Psalm: 94 - O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your hearts / Come, ring out our joy to the Lord  / Come in, let us kneel and bend low.

Second: I Corinthians 7:32-35 - Paul compares the responsibilities of married vs unmarried men and women - to help the people decide how to live.

Gospel: Mark 1:21-28 - Jesus teaches with authority in the Synagogue:   a man possessed by an unclean spirit challenges him, and Jesus orders the spirit to leave the man.


Jesus as a healer and teacher - speaking God's word.   Authority.

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

A Mighty Fortress is our God

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Be Still and Know that I am God

Blest are the Poor in Heart

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Firmly I Believe and Truly

God Whose Almighty Word

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

King of Glory King of Peace

O Come and Sing to God the Lord - original version

Psalm 94 - Music for Mass setting

Rejoice the Lord is King

Your Hands O Lord in Days of Old

Hymns which may still be copyright

Be Still for the Presence of the Lord - Evans

Come Ring out our Joy - Bates  (Psalm)

God has Spoken by the Prophets

How Great Thou Art - Hine

If Today you Hear his Voice - many different arrangements

Jesus Christ is Waiting - Bell / Maule

Silence! Frenzied, Unclean Spirit

There is a Longing - Quigley

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