Hymns for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), Year C (15 December 2024) - Catholic lectionary

Hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the third Sunday of Advent 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).


First: Zephaniah 3:14-18 - Shout for joy ... the Lord is in your midst ... he will exault with joy over you.

Psalm: Isaiah 12  - Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy one of Israel / God is my salvation / Give thanks to the Lord / Sing a psalm to the Lord

Second: Philippians 4:4-7 - I want you to be happy ... God is very near, pray for what you need.

Gospel: Luke 3:10-18  - People asked John "what must we do" - he told them to act justly - and "I baptise with water but someone is coming who will baptize with the Holy Spirit"


Traditionally Gaudate (Latin for "rejoice") Sunday is a day of rejoicing, as well as the continuing Advent themes of preparation and right-living.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

Come Emmanuel

Come O Divine Messiah

Come Thou Long-expected Jesus

Comfort O Comfort my People

Hark a Herald Voice is Calling

Hills of the North Rejoice

O Come O Come Emmanuel

On Jordan's Bank

Personent Hodie! Sing Gaudete! - Hagan (ref)

Rejoice in the Lord Always (round)

Rejoice the Lord is King

The Race that Long in Darkness Pined

Hymns which may still be copyright

Come, Rejoice in God Our King - Tietze

In the Lord I'll be Ever Thankful - Taizé

Our God Reigns - Leonard E Smith Jnr

Surely it is God Who Saves Me - translator unknown

The Voice of God Goes Out - Inwood

Wait for the Lord - Taizé

Zephaniah's Song - Andersen

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