Hymns, Feast of the Holy Family, Year C

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Year C.

Free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) means 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.

Suggestions about other hymns that could be included are welcome:  either leave a comment below, or email editor@LiturgyTools.net

Seasonal Note

Some places use the Year A readings on this feast - see Hymn suggestions for Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Year A.
Most communities have a familiar repertoire of public domain Christmas music, so at this time  choosing free-to-use hymns is simple.  The list below doesn't include all well known Christmas carols, just the ones that are a particularly good fit with the lectionary themes for this feast.


First: Samuel - Hannah conceived a son, and presented him to God in the Temple.

Psalm: 83  - They are happy who dwell in your house O Lord / How lovely is your dwelling place / O Lord of Hosts hear my prayer

Second: I John - We are the children of God, we keep his commandments to believe in Jesus Christ and to love one another

Gospel: Luke  - Jesus is accidentally left behind in the Temple - he recognizes it is his Father's house - and he grows in wisdom


Love - family - Jesus is God incarnate, fulfilling the prophecies of in the Old Testament

Suggested hymns:

A New Commandment

For the Beauty of the Earth

God is Love, His the Care

In His Temple Now Behold Him

Jesus my Lord my God my All

Love Came Down at Christmas

Of the Father's Love Begotten

Once in Royal David's City

Unto us a Boy is Born

Virgin Born we Bow Before Thee

What Child is This

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