Hymn ideas for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, Year C - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the 2nd 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 be copyright may also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

Suggestions about other suitable hymns are welcome:  leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


Baruch 5:1-9 - Jerusalem ... wrap the integrity of God around you ... the name God gives you will be peace through integrity ... God will guide Israel in joy.
Malachi 3: 1-4 - I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me ... But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?  For he is like a refiner’s fire ...
Psalm: 125 -  What marvels the Lord worked for us / When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage / Deliver us Lord / They go out full of tears, they return carrying their sheaves

Canticle Luke 1:68-79 - Blessed be the Lord God of Israel ... He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David ... the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness ...

Second: Philippians 1:3-11 - I pray for you, that your love for each other may increase ... and prepare you for the day of Christ

Gospel: Luke 3:1-6  - The word of God came to John, son of Zechariah:  A voice cries in the wilderness, prepare a way for the Lord


Prepare a way - God will guide and assist.   Christ incarnate.

Free-use hymns

Bringing in the Sheaves

Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley

Hark a Herald Voice is Calling

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Hills of the North Rejoice

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

O Come O Come Emmanuel

On Jordan's Bank

Peace is Flowing Like a River

The Coming of our God

The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Voice in the Wilderness - Robinson  (ref)

Across the Years there Echoes Still - Hurley

Enter in the Wilderness - Jabsuch

I Thank my God - Andersen

Let the Valleys be Raised - Schutte

Make Way - Kendrick

O Bless the God of Israel - Perry

O Comfort my People - Waddell

People Look East - Farjeon

Praise to the God who Clears the Way - Berry  

Prepare the Way O Zion - Price

Refiner's Fire - Doerksen

The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy - Rees

There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying - Milligan (may be public domain in the USA)

Wait for the Lord - Taizé

Wild and Lone the Prophet's Voice - Daw

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