Hymns for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the first Sunday of Advent, 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 copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.


First: Jeremiah 33:14-16 - "I will make a virtuous branch grow for David" - the city will be called "The Lord-our-integrity"

Psalm: 25: 1-10 -  To you O Lord I lift up my soul ... Make me know your ways ... The Lord is good and upright ... His ways are faithfulness and love

Second: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 - How can we thank God for the joy we feel because of you?   ... May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another.

Gospel: Luke  21:25-36 - There will be signs that the Son of Man coming, just as the fig tree spouts leaves when summer is coming.  ... Be alert.  Stay awake praying at all times for strength and confidence to stand before the Son of Man


Prepare the way - the Kingdom is coming - be watchful for the Son of Man

Free-use hymns

A New Commandment

Peace Perfect Peace in this Dark World of Sin

Rejoice, Rejoice Believers

Soon and Very Soon

The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

The Lord will Come and not be Slow

Hymns that may still be copyright

Christ is Surely Coming Bringing his Reward - Idle

He Walks Among the Golden Lamps - Dudley-Smith

In God's Good Time - Dean

O Saviour Rend the Heavens Wide

Stay Awake, Be Ready - Walker (for children)

Stay Awake (Signs Upon the Sun) - O'Hara

The Benedictus - various versions

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