Hymns for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Year A (27 Nov 2022) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the first Sunday of Advent in Year A.

"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly appropriate.


First: Isaiah 2: 1-5 - Isaiah's vision about Jerusalem:   the mountain of the Lord's temple with tower above other mountains - people will go to it. and be taught God's ways ... they will hammer their swords into ploughshares ... and live in the eternal peace of God's kingdom.

Psalm 121 : I rejoiced when I heard them say "let us go to God's house" / It is there that the tribes go up / For the peace of Jerusalem pray / For the love of my brethren and friends

Second: Romans 13: 11-14 - wake up, our salvation is near ... live in the light.

Gospel: Matthew  24:37-44  - Stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming.

Art for this week

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


The day of the Lord - being ready, prepared for him to come.   Stay awake.

Free-use hymns

Behold the Mountain of the Lord

Come Lord and Tarry Not

Come O Divine Messiah

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Hark a Herald Voice is Calling

Hasten the Time Appointed

Hills of the North Rejoice

I Cannot Tell

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Jesus Christ Remember

On Jordan's Bank

Rejoice Rejoice Believers

The King Shall Come when Morning Dawns

The Vine and Fig Tree

Up!  Awake from Highest Steeple

Wake Awake for Night is Dying

We Long to See Thee So

Hymns that may still be copyright

Walk in the Light - Lundy

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