Hymns for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (22 July 2018)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the sixteenth 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, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).


First:  Jeremiah 23:1-6 — Shepherds who neglect their flocks are condemned, as God promises to intervene for the sake of the people — just as a good shepherd would do.

Psalm: Psalm 22 (23) - The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.

Second: Ephesians 2:13-18 — Christ, by his blood, ends hostility and brings people together.

Gospel:  Mark 6:30-34 — Jesus encourages the apostles to rest, but takes pity on the people also.


God is like a shepherd who always looks after the flock:  God cares for us in all our needs.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All You Who Seek a Comfort Sure

How Great is Our God

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

In Christ there is no East or West

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Now Thank We All Our God

Praise the Lord, You Heav’ns

Praise we Our God with Joy

Psalm 22 - Music for Mass setting

Shepherd of Souls

The Lord’s My Shepherd

The King of Love my Shepherd Is

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

We Walk by Faith

Hymns which may still be copyright

Come to Me - Norbet

Heart of a Shepherd  Cooney

Like a Shepherd - Dufford

Micah's Theme

Peace, Perfect Peace - Mayhew

Seed, Scattered and Sown - Feiten

Shepherd of Souls in Love Come Feed Us - Westendorf

They Came, A Milling Crowd - Stuempfle

When I Needed a Neighbour - Carter

You are Strong You are Holy - Dunstan

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