Hymns for the 3rd Sunday of Advent / Gaudete Sunday, Year A (11 Dec 2022) - Catholic lectionary

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

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 - 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 copyright hymns may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.


First: Isaiah 35: 1-6, 10 - Let the wilderness .. bring forth flowers .... look, your God is coming to save you ... those the Lord has ransomed shall return, they shall come to Zion shouting for joy.

Psalm 145 : Come Lord and save us / It is the Lord who keeps faith forever / It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind / It is the Lord who loves the just.

Second: James 5:7-10 - Be patient, do not lose heart because the Lord's coming will be soon.

Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11 - John sends the disciples to ask Jesus "Are you the one who is to come?"   Jesus answers by pointing to his works, and tells the people about John's greatness - and that the least in heaven is still greater than him.


Rejoice / joy:   expectation, the blind will see.   Awaiting the coming of someone greater than John the Baptist.

Art for this week

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

Free-use hymns

Creator Alme Siderum

Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling

Hark the Glad Sound

My God How Wonderful You Are

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

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Rejoice Rejoice Believers

The Great Forerunner of the Morn

The King Shall Come when Morning Dawns

The Race that Long in Darkness Pined

Hymns which may still be copyright

Be Patient, Beloved - Collegeville

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