Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Year B (24 December 2023)

A selection of hymn and song suggestions based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fourth 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.


First: Samuel 7: 1-5, 8-12, 14-16 - The prophet Nathan is sent to David. to tell him that the Lord will make him great ... your house will always stand secure before me.

Psalm: 88 - I will sing forever of your love, O Lord / I have made a covenant with my chosen / He will say to me "you are my Father"

Second: Romans 16:25-27 - Glory to him who is able to give you strength to live according to the .. a mystery kept secret for endless ages but now so clear it must be broadcast to pagans everywhere.

Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 - The Annunciation:   the angel Gabriel is sent to Mary ...  "let what you have said be done to me".


God's love revealed in his covenant - and the new ark, Mary of Nazareth.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A Message Came to a Maiden Young

At the Name of Jesus

Behold a Rose of Judah

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Lo' how a Rose E'er Blooming

My Soul is Filled with Joy / the Magnificat

My Soul Proclaims the Lord my God

O Come Divine Messiah

Of the Father's Love Begotten

Psalm 88 - Music for Mass setting

Praise we the Lord This Day

The Angel Gabriel / Annunciation Carol

The Coming of our God

The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky

The King Shall come when Morning Dawns

Hymns that may be still copyright

A Sign is Seen in Heaven - Quinn

Behold a Virgin Bearing Him - Gannon / choral setting by McDonagh

Covenant Song - Karen Barrie  (Psalm 88)

Holy Virgin by God's Decree - W R Lawrence

I Say "Yes" Lord - Donna Peña

I Sing a Maid - M D Ridge

Jesus Name Above all Names

No Wind at the Window - Bell

See How the Virgin Waits

Tell out my Soul - Dudley-Smith

We are Waiting to Welcome Jesus

When the Angel Came to Mary  - Perry

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