Hymns for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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

Most are free-to-use, meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.   Many of these hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.  A small selection of hymns that are still subject to copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.

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: Hosea 6:3-6 - The prophet says that the Lord will come - this is as certain as the dawn, or as spring rains water the earth.    ....   What I wan is love, not sacrifice, knowledge of God not holocausts.

Psalm:  49 - I will show God's salvation to the upright / The God of gods, the Lord / Were I hungry I would not tell you / Pay you sacrifice of thanksgiving to God

Second: Romans 4:18-25 - Abraham believed and drew strength from faith - and so became the father of many nations

Gospel:  Matthew 9:9-19 - Jesus calls Matthew from beside the custom house - and later eats dinner with tax collectors and sinners.   He explains that he does so because it is not the healthy who need a doctor - what I want is mercy, not sacrifice.


God wants our mercy and love, not ritual action.   Salvation.  Faith. Mercy.

Suggested artworks

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

Free-use hymns and songs

All You who Seek a Comfort Sure

Amazing Grace

At the Name of Jesus

Love the Lord Your God

The God of Abraham Praise

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Hymns and songs which may still be copyright

Go Tell Everyone


Jesus' Hands were Kind Hands (especially for children)

Lay Your Hands

Love is his Word

Micah's Theme

The Lord is my Light - Taize

To Abraham and Sarah - Fetter

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