Hymns for the Feast of the Holy Family, Year C (26 December 2021) - Catholic lectionary

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in 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 be copyright may also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

Seasonal Note

There is an option to use the Year A readings on this feast - see Hymn suggestions for Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Year A.

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.


First: Samuel 1: 20-22, 24-28 - Hannah conceived a son, and presented him to God in the Temple.

Psalm: 83  - They are happy who dwell in your house O Lord / How lovely is your dwelling place / O Lord of Hosts hear my prayer

Second: I John 3:1-2, 21-24 - We are the children of God, we keep his commandments to believe in Jesus Christ and to love one another

Gospel: Luke 2:41-52  - Jesus is accidentally left behind in the Temple - he recognizes it is his Father's house - and he grows in wisdom


Love - family - Jesus is God incarnate, fulfilling the prophecies of in the Old Testament

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

A New Commandment

For the Beauty of the Earth

God is Love, His the Care

In His Temple Now Behold Him

Jesus my Lord my God my All

Love Came Down at Christmas

Of the Father's Love Begotten

Once in Royal David's City

Sing of Mary Pure and Lowly

Unto us a Boy is Born

Virgin Born we Bow Before Thee

What Child is This

Hymns that may still be copyright

Blest are Those who Love You - Haugen

Carol at the Manger - Haugen

God's Holy Family - Schiavone

How Happy You Who Fear the Lord - Westendorf

Love One Another - Habjan

Our God Dwells in His Holy Place - Webber and Tietze

Our Saviour's Infant Cries were Heard - Troeger

Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Wendy - that's an excellent suggestion for this feast in Year A (http://www.liturgytools.net/2012/12/hymns-holy-family-year-a-catholic.html) when the Gospel if from Matthew and so includes the Flight into Egypt.

      (Interestingly, none of the sources I checked when researching this the first time focussed on the Flight into Egypt, and there are very few hymns about it too. But it's a major feature of the readings for the day in Year A.)


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