"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting. Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.
The same readings are used no matter whether the day falls on a Sunday or weekday.
Readings:1st: Isaiah - The Lord spoke to the House of David and promised a sign ... the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will name Emmanuel.
Psalm 39 - Here I am Lord I come to do your will / You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings / In the scroll of the book it stand written / Your justice I have proclaimed / I have not hidden your justice in my heart.
2nd: Hebrews - God, here I am, I am coing to obey your will.
Gospel: Luke - Gabriel was sent by God to Mary ...Rejoice to highly favoured, the Lord is with you ... you are to conceive and bear a son ... your kinswoman Elizabeth has herself conceived a son.
ThemesMary's acceptance of God's plans - her role as mother of God
HymnsA Message Came to a Maiden Young
Be Joyful, Mary, Heav’nly Queen
Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above
How Pure How Fragile and White
Immaculate Mary / Mother
O Mary of Graces
Praise We the Lord This Day
The Angel Gabriel
The Angel Spake (Spoke) the Word
(Thou) The God Whom Earth and See and Sky
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