Hymns for the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (4 February 2024) - Catholic lectionary

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


First: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 - Is not ... life on earth nothing more than pressed service?  ....  Restlessly I fret 'till twilight falls ... swifter than a weaver's shuttle my days have passed.

Psalm: 146 - Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted / Praise the Lord for he is good / The Lord builds up Jerusalem / Our Lord is great and almighty.

Second: I Corinthians 9 16-19, 22-23 - Paul says "I should be punished if I did not preach the Gospel ... I have made myself the slave of everyone so as to win as many as I could ....

Gospel: Mark 1 29-39 -Jesus heals:  firstly Simon's mother-in-law of a fever, and then many in the town who were suffering diseases or possessed.   Then he goes to a lonely place to pray - and then to the neighbouring towns to preach there too.


Jesus as healer - heals the broken so they are free to serve God and God's people.  The pain of suffering.  The hope which healing brings.   Without Christ, our lives are like drudgery.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Balm in Gilead

Be Still and Know that I am God

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Jesu Lover of my Soul

O God our Help in Ages Past

O Praise ye the Lord

O Worship the King

Psalm 146 - Music for Mass setting

Your Hands O Lord in Days of Old

Hymns that are / maybe copyright

Healer of Our Every Ill

Healer of the Sick - Leftley

Lay Your Hands - Landry

The Lord will Heal the Broken Heart - Lawton

We Cannot Measure How You Heal - Bell

We come to You for Healing Lord - Stuempfle

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.

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