Hymns for Christmas Vigil or Mignight Mass - Years A, B and C

A selection of  hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for Christmas Vigil or Mignight Mass - Years A, B and C.

Free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and song 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 

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.



Readings

First: Isaiah- The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light ... wonder councillor, mighty God, eternal father, prince of peace.

Psalm: Psalm 95  - Today a saviour has been born to us, he is Christ the Lord

Second: Titus - God's grace has been revealed and made salvation possible.

Gospel: Luke  - Caesar called a census, so Joseph and Mary travelled to Nazareth.  Mary gave birth in a manger because there was no room at the inn.  Angels appeared to the shepherd, and told of the sign that they would find.


Themes

Christ is born - the great light - humility - God's power - Jesus our saviour


Hymn suggestions

Angels from the Realms of Glory

Angels we Have Heard on High

As with Gladness Men of Old

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Infant Holy Infant Lowly

It Came upon a Midnight Clear

Joy to the World

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Psalm 95 - Music for Mass setting

Silent Night

The First Nowell

The People that in Darkness Walked

Unto us a Child is Born

Watchman, Tell us of the Night

While by my Sheep I Watched at Night

While Shepherd Watched

The Wexford Carol



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