Hymns for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Year A (27 Nov 2022) - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the first Sunday of Advent in Year A.

"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly appropriate.


First: Isaiah 2: 1-5 - Isaiah's vision about Jerusalem:   the mountain of the Lord's temple with tower above other mountains - people will go to it. and be taught God's ways ... they will hammer their swords into ploughshares ... and live in the eternal peace of God's kingdom.

Psalm 121 : I rejoiced when I heard them say "let us go to God's house" / It is there that the tribes go up / For the peace of Jerusalem pray / For the love of my brethren and friends

Second: Romans 13: 11-14 - Keep the commandments - wake up, our salvation is near ... live in the light.

Gospel: Matthew  24:36-44  - Stay awake, because you do not know the day when you master is coming.

Art for this week

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


The day of the Lord - being ready, prepared for him to come.   Stay awake.

Free-use hymns

A Charge to keep I Have - Wesley

Behold the Mountain of the Lord Logan / Brude

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Day of Judgment! Day of Wonder! - Newton

Dona Nobis Pacem 

Hark a Herald Voice is Calling

Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes - Doddridge

I Know Whom I Have Believed - Whittle

I Want to Be Ready - unknown

Jesus priceless treasure - Winkworth

Let There be Light - Marriot

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates - Winkworth

Lord of our Life and God of our Salvation - Pusey

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Rejoice, the Lord is King - Wesley

The Advent of our God - Chandler

The God of Abraham Praise - Olivers

The Lord will Come and not be Slow - Milton

Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying 

We Pray until the Hour, that Awesome Hour Unknown - Wesley

We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations - Nichol

Hymns that may still be copyright

Another Son Is Killed - Gillette (ref)

Awake, Awake, Fling off the Night - Peacey

Behold a Broken World - Dudley-Smith

Christ be our Light - Farrell

Creator of the Earth and Skies - Hughes

Darkness like a Shroud covers the Earth - Kendrick

God has Spoken to his People, Hallelujah

O Day of God, Draw Nigh - Scott

O Day of Peace That Dimly Shines - Daw

O God of Every Nation - Reid  (esp verse 4)

Walk in the Light - Lundy

We are Marching in the Light of God - Nyberg

When He Comes Back - Stewart

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