Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A (24 Dec 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fourth 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 selection of hymns that are still copyright, but which are especially appropriate may also be included.


First: Isaiah 7:10-14 - The Lord himself will give you a sign:  the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son who she will call Emmanuel.

Psalm 23 : Let the Lord enter, he is the king of glory / The Lord is the earth and its fullness / Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord / He shall receive blessings from the Lord.

Second: Romans 1:1-7 : News about the Son of God, who was a descendant of David by the human nature he took ... through him we received grace and our mission to preach ...

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 - Mary was betrothed to Joseph .. but was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.   An angel appeared to Joseph, and told him to take Mary as his wife anyway, and to name the child Jesus. ... All this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son .."


The story of Jesus birth, Mary's child, Emmanuel - who belongs to all nations not just the house of David.

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 Thou Long-expected Jesus

Creator of the Stars of Night

Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling

Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise

Lift up your Heads Ye Mighty Gates

Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming

Magnificat - My Soul is Filled with Joy

Magnificat - My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord

O Come Divine Messiah

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Come Thou Long-expected Jesus

Praise we the Lord this Day

Saviour of the Nations, Come

The Angel Gabriel

The Coming of our God

The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky

Thou Art Star of the Morning

Hymns which may still be copyright

For Mary Mother of our Lord - Peacy

Let the King of Glory Come - Joncas

The Maiden and Her Child - Lawton

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