Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B (10 December 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the second Sunday of Advent, Year B.

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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns which are still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.

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

Seasonal note

Advent is the beginning of the Church year.   Many people plan the four Sunday's of Advent together, to balance the pressure to start using Christmas Carols before the Christmas season actually starts.


First: Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11 - Comfort my people ... speak to the heart of Jerusalem ... a voice cries "Prepare in the wilderness"

Psalm 84 - Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help / I will hear what the Lord has to say / Mercy and faithfulness have met / The Lord will make us prosper.

Second: II Peter 3:8-14 - With the Lord a "day" can mean a thousand years, and a thousand year one day - live holy and saintly lives while you wait for the Day of the Lord ... so that he will find you at peace.

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 - John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, to fulfil the prophesy made by Isaiah.  He baptised, and preached about the more powerful one who was to follow him.


Waiting for Christ's coming.   John the Baptist - preparing the way.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

Hymns that are / may be still copyright

A Voice Cries Out

A Voice in the Wilderness - Chris Robinson

Behold O Zion God Will Come -

Make Way, Make Way - Kendrick

People Look East (Carol of the Advent) - Farjeon

Prepare the Way of the Lord - Taizé

Ready the Way of the Lord - Hurd

The Voice of God Goes out to All the World - Connaughton / Inwood

There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying - Milligan

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