Hymns, Christmas dawn Mass - Years A, B and C - Catholic lectionary

A selectons of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for Christmas dawn (morning).

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) 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.

Suggestions about other suitable hymns are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

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 day and time.


First: Isaiah 62: 11-12 - The Lord proclaims "Your saviour comes".

Psalm: Psalm 96  - This day new light will shine upon the earth, the Lord is born for us

Second: Titus 3:4-7 - God's love was revealed out of compassion for us.

Gospel: Luke 2:15-20  - The shepherds went to Bethlehem, and found Mary and Jesus in the manger.


Christ is born - the great light -Jesus our saviour

Free-use hymns

Angels from the Realms of Glory

Angels we Have Heard on High

As with Gladness Men of Old

How Brightly Beams the Morning Star

Infant Holy Infant Lowly

Joy to the World

Mary's Lullaby

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Psalm 96 - Music for Mass setting

Silent Night

The First Nowell

The People that in Darkness Walked

Unto us a Child is Born

While by my Sheep I Watched at Night

While Shepherds Watched

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