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
- 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.
ReadingsFirst: 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
ThemesLove - 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