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 a particularly good for for the theme(s).
lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.
ReadingsFirst: Micah - Out of Bethlehem will be born ... the one who is to rule over Israel ... He himself will be peace.
Psalm: 79 - God of hosts bring us back let your face shine on us and we shall be saved / Shelpherd of Israel hear us / God of host turn again / May you hand be on the man you have chosen
Second: Hebrews - ... "made holy by the offering of his body"
Gospel: Luke - Mary visits Elizabeth - whose child recognizes her. "Of all women you are the most blessed"
ThemesGod made human, Jesus the Son of God, Mary the mother of God. Visitation.
Suggested free-use hymnsBethlehem of Noblest Cities
Come O Divine Messiah
Come Thou Long-expected Jesus
Comfort O Comfort my People
Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Hark a Herald Voice is Calling
Let the Clouds Rain Down the Just One
Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Little Town of Bethlehem
On Jordan's Bank
Of the Father's Love Begotten
The Angel Gabriel
The God to Whom Earth Sea and Sky
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns
Ye Who Claim the Faith of Jesus
Suggested hymns which may still be copyrightO Heavens Let the Just One Come - Webber
Save Us O Lord - Dufford
Unexpected and Mysterious - Lindholst
When to Mary the Word - Clark
Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: either leave a comment below.