Hymns for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (1 January 2023)

A selection of hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - 1 January - Years A, B and 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 - although sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments  box near the bottom of the page.


First: Numbers 6:22-27 - The Lord tells Moses to instruct Aaron and his sons to bless the sons of Israel saying "May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord let his face shine upon on ... "

Psalm 66 : O God be gracious and bless us / Let the nations be glad and exult / Let the peoples praise you.

Second: II Galatians 4L4-7 : God sent his son, born of a woman to redeem the subjects of the law ... God has sent the Spirit that cries "Abba" - you are not a slave any more, God has made you a son and an heir.

Gospel: Luke 2:16-21 - The shepherds found Mary, Joseph and the baby, and repeated what they had been told about him ... Mary treasured these things in her heart .... on the eighth day, they named him Jesus as the angel had told them to.


Mary - mother of Jesus and Mother of God.   God's blessing.   Peace.

Free-use art

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

Free-use hymns

An Irish blessing - public domain arrangements

From East to West, from Shore to Shore

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming

Magnificat - My Soul is Filled with Joy

Magnificat - My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Of the Father's Love Begotten

The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky

The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

Virgin Born, We Bow before You

What Child is This

Ye Who Claim the Faith of Jesus

Hymns which may still be copyright

The Ark which God has Sanctified - Stanbrook Abbey

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