Hymns for Advent

A selection of hymns and songs suitable for use during the season of Advent.

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.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright, but are especially suitable, may also be included.

Further suggestions are welcome: please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

About Advent

The season of Advent is a time of expectant waiting:  not penitential, but nevertheless still more restrained than either Ordinary Time before it, or the Christmas season.

There are a number of themes which appear in the Advent readings in each year of the liturgical calendar, including preparing a way for the Lord, and imploring him to "come".

These suggestions are appropriate for the entire season, rather than being directly tied to the readings on a particular day.

Free-use hymns

Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley

Come my Way, my Truth, my Life

Come O Divine Messiah

Come Saviour Come Like Dew (Rorate Caeli)

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth

Comfort Comfort Ye my People

Comfort O Comfort, O my People

Creator of the Stars of Night (Creator Alme Siderum)

Fling wide the Gates

Gabriel's Message (The Angel Gabriel)

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Hark! A herald voice is calling

Hark, how the Banks of Jordan Ring

Hark the Glad Sound the Saviour Comes - Doddridge

Hills of the North Rejoice

Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Lift up your Heads Ye Mighty Gates (Psalm 24)

Like the Dawning of the Morning

Lo ! He comes with Clouds Descending

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O Heavenly Word Eternal Light

O Jesus Christ Remember

Of One that is so Fair and Bright

Of the Father's Love Begotten

On Jordan’s Bank

Prepare the Way, O Zion

Saviour of the Nations Come

Sing we the Praises of the Great Forerunner

The Advent of our King  / The Advent of our God

The Cherry Tree Carol (for very late in Advent)

The Coming of our God

The Day is Surely Drawing Near

The Great Forerunner of the Morn

The King shall come when Morning Dawns

The Race that Long in Darkness Pined

The Voice of God is Calling (public domain in the US only, author died in 1964)

This Advent Moon Shines Cold and Clear (CPDL setting) - suitable for Northern hemisphere only

Thou Whose Almighty Word

Thy Kingdom Come on Bended Knee - Hosmer

Wake, Awake Fling off the Night

Wake, Awake for Night is Flying

Wake, O Wake with Tidings Thrilling

We Long to See Thee So

Hymns that may still be copyright

A Voice in the Wilderness - Robinson

Advent Candles tell their Story - Earey

Advent Gathering - Cooney

Advent Ring - Bell

Advent Song (ref) - Browne / Wood

Arise Jerusalem - Stotter

At the First Coming of the Lord - Graham

Awake, Awake, and Greet the New Morn - Haugen

Awake Awake Fling off the Night - Peacy

Behold a Rose of Judah - unknown

Behold a Virgin Bearing Him - Gannon

Beyond the Moon and Stars - Schutte

Blest be the God of Israel - Perry

Candles of Advent - Landry

Child of the Poor - Super

Christ Circle Round Us - Schutte

Christ Come Quickly - Winter

Christ is the World's True Light - Briggs

Come Emmanuel - Thomson (ref)

Come to set us Free - Farrell

Come Lord Jesus - de Silva (ref)

Come Lord Jesus - Landry

Come, Lord Jesus, Come - Mangan

Come Lord Jesus Come - Mayhew

Come, O God, of all the Earth (Sing out, earth and skies) - Haugen

Come, O Jesus Come O Lord - McAuley

Emmanuel - Angrisano

Enter in the Wilderness - Jabusch

Eternal God who Made the Stars - a translation of "Conditor Alme Siderum", translator unknown

Every Valley - Dufford

For you, O Lord (My soul in stillness waits) - Haugen

Grant to us O Lord - Deiss

I Hear a Sound Coming from the Mountain - Gustafson

In this Time of Waiting - McGregor (ref)

In this Time of Waiting -Weston Priory (Norbet? - ref)

Into the Darkness - Dawn

Joyful In Hope - Herry

Light One Candle

Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah - Wold

Light the Advent Candle - Walker

Like a Sea Without a Shore - White

Long Ago Prophets Knew - Pratt-Green

Look Toward Christmas - Gibson

Lord Emmanuel Come (Bright and clear as a trumpet ...) - McGrail

Maranatha, Come - O'Brien

Maranatha Lord Messiah - Powell (ref)

My Lord he is a-comin' Soon

My Soul in Stillness Waits - Haugen

O Comfort my People - Waddell

O Emmanuel - Mangan (ref)

O Word in Uncreated Light - Forster

Open the Heavens Lord - Boniwell

Patience People - Joncas (ref)

People Look East the Time is Near - Farjeon

Prepare the Way O Zion - Price

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord - various settings, including Gustafson

Promised Lord and Christ is He - Ruston

Ready the Way - Hurd

See How the Virgin Waits

Sign me up for the Christian Jubilee

Sing of a Girl in the Ripening Wheat - Lundy

Soon and very Soon - Crouch

Stay Awake - O'Hara

Stay Awake Be Ready - Walker (for children)

Take Comfort My People - Warner

The Maiden and Her Child - Lawton

The Whole World is Waiting for Love - Misetich

There was a Man of God (Prepare the Way) - Boniwell

This is Your Justice - Colson

Wait for the Lord - Taize

Waiting For The Child - Michael Mangan

Waiting in Silence - Landry

Wake, O Wake! The Night is Dying - Farrell

Warm the Time of Winter - Duck (northern hemisphere)

We are Waiting to Welcome Jesus

We Shall Stay Awake - Hoog and Kelly

When is He Coming, The Redeemer

When the King Shall Come Again - Idle

Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice - Daw

Word of God Come Down on Earth - Quinn

Word of Justice (Advent Litany) - Farrell

You Heavens Sprinkle Dew - Jones

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1 comment:

  1. Your site is very useful in as far as selection of hymns is concerned.


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