Hymn suggestions for the 2nd Sunday after Christmas, Years A, B and C (3 January 2016 - in some countries)

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the 2nd Sunday after Christmas.

"Free-to-use" 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.


Seasonal Note

In some countries, the bishops have decided to observe the feast of Epiphany on Sunday, and it replaces this day.   Check with your local liturgical calendar to see what is happening in your country.

Also, most communities have a familiar repertoire of public domain Christmas music, so choosing free-to-use hymns for this season is simple. The list below doesn't include all well known Christmas carols, just ones that are a particularly good fit with the lectionary themes for this day.



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


Readings

First: Ecclesiasticus / Sirach - The wisdom of God has pitched her tent among the chosen people.

Psalm: Psalm 147 - The Word was made flesh and lived among us / O praise the Lord Jerusalem / He established peace on your borders / He makes he word known to Jacob

Second: Ephesians - Before the world was made, God chose us to be his children.

Gospel: John  - In the beginning was the word ... John came, sent by God as a witness for the light ... no one has even seen God, only the Son who is nearest the Father's heart .


Themes

The incarnate Christ, come to live on earth.   Christ - son of God and Word of God.   We are God's children.


Possible hymns

As with Gladness Men of Old

Father and Life-giver

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Little Jesus Sweetly Sleep

Love Came Down at Christmas

Mary Had a Baby, Yes Lord

Of the Father's Love Begotten

What Child is This



Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome:  either leave a comment below.


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