Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Year C (19 December 2021) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of  hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fourth 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).

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.


First: Micah 5:1-4 - Out of Bethlehem will be born ... the one who is to rule over Israel ... He himself will be peace.

Psalm: 79  - God of hosts bring us back let your face shine on us and we shall be saved / Shepherd of  Israel hear us / God of host turn again / May you hand be on the man you have chosen

Second: Hebrews 10:5-10 - ... "made holy by the offering of his body"

Gospel: Luke  1:39-44  - Mary visits Elizabeth - whose child recognizes her.  "Of all women you are the most blessed"


God made human, Jesus the Son of God, Mary the mother of God.   Visitation.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

Bethlehem of Noblest Cities

Come Emmanuel

Come O Divine Messiah

Come Thou Long-expected Jesus

Comfort O Comfort my People

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Hark a Herald Voice is Calling

Immaculate Mary

Let the Clouds Rain Down the Just One

Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Little Town of Bethlehem

On Jordan's Bank

Of the Father's Love Begotten

Praise we the Lord This Day

The Angel Gabriel

The God to Whom Earth Sea and Sky

The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

Ye Who Claim the Faith of Jesus

Hymns which may still be copyright

O Heavens Let the Just One Come - Webber

Save Us O Lord - Dufford

Unexpected and Mysterious - Lindholst

When to Mary the Word - Clark

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