Hymns for the Nativity of John the Baptist (24 June)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the feast of the Birth / Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, which is usually celebrated on 24 June.

"Free-to-use" means 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 which are still copyright may be included if they are particularly relevant.


First: Isaiah - The Lord called me before I was born ... He made my mouth a sharp sword ... He said to me "You are my servant (Israel) ..." ... I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.

Psalm 138:  I thank you for the wonder of my being / O Lord you search me and you know me / For it was you who created my being / Already you knew my soul.

Second - Acts:   God made David the king of our ancestors .. and raise up for Israel one of David's descendants, Jesus, as savour - whose baptism was heralded by John saying II am not the one .. that one is coming after me"

Gospel - Luke:   Zechariah signs that Elizabeth's child is to be called John - at that instant, his power of speech returned. ... All those who heard of it wondered what will this child turn out to be.

Suggesed free-use hymns

Canticle of Zechariah

For all the Saints

God is Love, His the Care

The Great Forerunner Of The Morn

How Can I Keep from Singing

On Jordan’s Bank

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