Hymns for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Revised Common Lectionary

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the first Sunday after Christmas, 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.   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.

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

Seasonal Note

Many communities have a familiar repertoire of public domain Christmas music, which is frequently used at this time of year.  The list below doesn't include all well known Christmas carols, just the ones that are a particularly good fit with the lectionary themes for this day.


First: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 - Samuel was ministering before the Lord [in the temple] - his mother and father visited him once a year ... Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favour with the Lord and with the people.

Psalm: 148  - Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!

Second: Colossians 3:12-17 - As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience ... Above all, clothe yourselves with love ... do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus

Gospel: Luke 2:41-52  - Jesus is accidentally left behind in the Temple - he recognizes it is his Father's house - and he grows in wisdom


Love - Jesus is God incarnate, fulfilling the prophecies of the Old Testament.

Free-use hymns

Because he Loved me So

Children of Jerusalem

For the Beauty of the Earth

God is Love, His the Care

Within the Father's House - Woodford

Hymns that may still be copyright

Blest are Those who Love You - Haugen

How Happy You Who Fear the Lord - Westendorf

Our God Dwells in His Holy Place - Webber and Tietze

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