Hymns for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C (28 November 2021) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the first Sunday of Advent, Year C.

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 copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.


First: Jeremiah 33:14-16 - "I will make a virtuous branch grow for David" - the city will be called "The Lord-our-integrity"

Psalm: 24 -  To you O Lord I lift up my soul ... Make me know your ways ... The Lord is good and upright ... His ways are faithfulness and love

Second: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 - 4:2 - May the Lord be generous in increasing your love ... we urge you to make more and more progress in the kind of life you are meant to live

Gospel: Luke  21:25-28, 34-36- then they will see the Son of Man coming ... stay awake praying at all times for strength and confidence to stand before the Son of Man


Prepare the way - the Kingdom is coming - be watchful for the Son of Man

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

At the Name of Jesus

Come Emmanuel

Come, Lord, and Tarry Not

Come O Divine Messiah

Come Thou Long-expected Jesus

Creator of the Stars of Night

Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round

God is Working His Purpose Out

Hark a Herald Voice is Calling

Hills of the North Rejoice

Lo He Comes with Clouds Descending

My Lord! What a Morning

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Jesus Christ Remember

On Jordan's Bank

Psalm 24 (To You O Lord I lift up my soul) - Music for Mass setting

Rejoice, Rejoice Believers

Soon and Very Soon

The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

Wake, Awake for Night is Flying

Hymns that may still be copyright

He Walks Among the Golden Lamps - Dudley-Smith

In God's Good Time - Dean

O Saviour Rend the Heavens Wide

Stay Awake, Be Ready - Walker (for children)

Stay Awake (Signs Upon the Sun) - O'Hara

The Benedictus - various versions

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