Hymn ideas for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, Year C - Revised Common Lectionary

Hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the third Sunday of Advent in 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 for for the theme(s).


First: Zephaniah 3:14-20 - Shout for joy ... the Lord is in your midst ... he will exalt with joy over you.

Psalm: Isaiah 12  - Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy one of Israel / God is my salvation / Give thanks to the Lord / Sing a psalm to the Lord

Second: Philippians 4:4-7 - I want you to be happy ... God is very near, pray for what you need.

Gospel: Luke 3:7-18  - People asked John "what must we do" - he told them to act justly - and "I baptise with water but someone is coming who will baptize with the Holy Spirit"


Rejoicing, preparation and right-living.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

Come Emmanuel

Come O Divine Messiah

Come Thou Long-expected Jesus

Comfort O Comfort my People

Of the Father's Love Begotten

On Jordan's Bank

Personent Hodie! Sing Gaudete! - Hagan (ref)

Rejoice in the Lord Always (round)

Rejoice the Lord is King

The Race that Long in Darkness Pined

There's a Light upon the Mountains

Hymns which may still be copyright

Come, Rejoice in God Our King - Tietze

For Mary, Mother of our Lord - Peacy

In the Lord I'll be Ever Thankful - Taizé

Our God Reigns - Leonard E Smith Jnr

Surely it is God Who Saves Me - translator unknown

The Voice of God Goes Out - Inwood

Wait for the Lord - Taizé

Zephaniah's Song - Andersen

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