Hymns for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December)

A selection of  hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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 that are still be copyright may also included where they are particularly fitting.


Readings

First: Genesis - "The serpent tempted me, and I ate" - the man named his wife "Eve".

Psalm 97  - Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders / The Lord has made known his salvation / All the ends of the earth have seen God's salvation

Second: Ephesians - Before the world was made ... he chose us in Christ .. to be holy and spotless ... for his own kind purposes ...

Gospel: Luke  - Gabriel was sent by God to tell Mary that she would bear a son .. who will be called Son of God most high.   Mary said "Let what you have said be done to me".


Themes

The conception of Mary, who God chose to be the new Eve and mother of Christ.


Suggested free-use hymns


Hail Queen of Heaven the Ocean Star

Immaculate Mary / Immaculate Mother

I Sing of a Maiden

Look Down O Mother Mary

Maiden Yet a Mother

Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning

O| Maid Conceived without a Stain

O Purest of Creatures

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky



Suggested hymns which many still be copyright

As a Bridegroom Rejoices - Psallite



In God I will Rejoice - Cooney

Mary Woman of the Promise - Fleischaker

Sing to the Lord a New Song - various different settings




Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome;  please leave a message in the Comment box near the bottom of the page.

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