Hymns for the Baptism of the Lord - Year C (9 January 2022) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Baptism of the Lord, which is also the first Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year 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.  Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still be copyright may also included where they are a particularly good fit for the theme(s).

Seasonal Note

Some communities use the supporting readings for this feast from Year A with the Year C Gospel - see Hymn Suggestions, Baptism of the Lord, Year A for options in this case.


First: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 - Console my people ... Prepare in the wilderness ... go up on a high mountain and shout "Here is your God".

Psalm: Psalm 103 -Bless the Lord my soul Lord how great you are / Above the rains you make your dwelling / How many are your works / All of these look to you / You take back your spirit they die

Second: Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7 - God's grace has been revealed, making salvation possible - not because of our deeds, but because of God's compassion.  We must wait in hope.

Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 - John declared "I baptise you with water, but someone is coming who will baptise you with the Holy Spirit" ... Jesus is baptised ... the heavens open and the spirit descended  ... "You are my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on you".


Jesus baptism, the Beloved Son, the glory of the Lord is revealed.

Artwork suggestions

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

Free-use hymns

Blessed Quietness

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Glory be to Jesus

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

I Bind unto myself Today

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

O Love how Deep how Broad how High.

On Jordan's Bank

Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Shall we Gather at the River

The Race that Long in Darkness Pined

The Son Of Man From Jordan Rose

Wade in the Water

Hymns which may still be copyright

Baptised in Water - Saward

Come to the Water (O let all who thirst) - Foley

To Jordan Jesus Humbly Came - Hommerding

When Jesus Comes to be Baptized - Stanford Abbey

When John Baptised by Jordan's River - Dudley-Smith

With Joy you shall Draw Water - Haugen

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.

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1 comment:

  1. A correction from a Catholic perspective: this is not the first Sunday in Ordinary Time, but the last day of Christmastide. This is explicitly stated in the Liturgy of the Hours, is in the Christmas time section of the presider's Missal, and takes the place of the first Sunday in Ordinary Time (without being in Ordinary Time). Unfortunately, in the people's edition of the Missal there is an erroneous indication that it is the first Sunday in Ordinary Time. With all this in mind, "Joy to the World" is an effective recessional hymn as there is no mention of the infant Jesus.


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