Hymn suggestions for the 2nd Sunday of Christmas, Years A, B and C (2 January 2022 - in some countries) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the 2nd Sunday after Christmas.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), meaning that 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 may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.

Seasonal Note

In some countries, the bishops have decided to observe the feast of Epiphany on Sunday, and it replaces this day.   Check with your local liturgical calendar to see what is happening in your country.

Also, most communities have a familiar repertoire of public domain Christmas music, so choosing free-to-use hymns for this season is simple. The list below doesn't include all well known Christmas carols, just ones that are a particularly good fit with the lectionary themes for this day.

Suggestions about other hymns that could be included are welcome:  either leave a message in the Comments section below.


First: Ecclesiasticus / Sirach 24: 1-2, 8-12 - The wisdom of God has pitched her tent among the chosen people.

Psalm: Psalm 147 - The Word was made flesh and lived among us / O praise the Lord Jerusalem / He established peace on your borders / He makes he word known to Jacob

Second: Ephesians 1: 3-6, 15-18 - Before the world was made, God chose us to be his children.

Gospel: John 1: 1-18  - In the beginning was the word ... John came, sent by God as a witness for the light ... no one has even seen God, only the Son who is nearest the Father's heart.


The incarnate Christ, come to live on earth.   Christ - son of God and Word of God.   We are God's children.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

As with Gladness Men of Old

Father and Life-giver

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Little Jesus Sweetly Sleep

Love Came Down at Christmas

Mary Had a Baby, Yes Lord

Of the Father's Love Begotten

See Amid the Winter's Snow

What Child is This

Hymns which may still be copyright

Mother of God's Living Word - Lundy

See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw - Perry

We have a Gospel to Proclaim - Burns

Word Made Flesh - Vissing

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