Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A (4 Dec 2022) - Catholic lectionary

Hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the second Sunday of Advent in Year A.

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 - 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 number of hymns which are still copyright may be included, if these are particularly appropriate.


First: Isaiah 11: 1-10 - A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse ... as a signal to the nations.

Psalm 71 : In his days justice shall flourish and peace 'til the moon fails / O God give your judgement to the king / For he shall save the poor when they cry / May his name be blessed forever.

Second: Romans 15: 4-9 : Everything written in the scriptures was meant to teach us ... it can only be to God's glory for you to treat each other in the same was as Christ treated you.

Gospel: Matthew 3: 1-12 - John the Baptist preached ... and said "I baptise in water for repentance, the one who follows me is more powerful".


Justice / social concerns.   Preparing for the coming of the Lord - the Kingdom is close at hand.  

Art for this week

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

Free-use hymns

Come, Lord, and Tarry Not

God is Working His Purpose Out

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling

Hills of the North Rejoice

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

O Come Divine Messiah

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Come Thou Long-expected Jesus

On Jordan's Bank

The King Shall Come when Morning Dawns

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Voice Cries Out

A Voice in the Wilderness - Robinson

Every Valley shall be Exalted  - Dufford

Let the Valleys Be Raised - Schutte

O Day of Peace - Daw

On that Holy Mountain - Mattingly

Prepare the Way of the Lord - Taizé, and other arrangements

Wait for the Lord - Taizé

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