Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A (4 Dec 2022) - Revised Common Lectionary

Hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the second Sunday of Advent in Year A.

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 - 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 number of hymns which are still copyright may be included, if these are particularly appropriate.


First: Isaiah 11: 1-10 - A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse ... as a signal to the nations.

Psalm 71 : In his days justice shall flourish and peace 'til the moon fails / O God give your judgement to the king / For he shall save the poor when they cry / May his name be blessed forever.

Second: Romans 15: 4-13 : Everything written in the scriptures was meant to teach us ... it can only be to God's glory for you to treat each other in the same was as Christ treated you.

Gospel: Matthew 3: 1-12 - John the Baptist preached ... and said "I baptize in water for repentance, the one who follows me is more powerful".


Justice / social concerns.   Preparing for the coming of the Lord - the Kingdom is close at hand.  

Art for this week

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

Free-use hymns

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

The Advent of our God - Chandler

There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying - Milligan

There’s a Wideness in God’s mercy 

Hymns which may still be copyright

Blessed be the God of Israel - Daw

Down by the Jordan - Gillette (ref)

God hath spoken by his Prophets - Briggs

Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old - Patterson

O Day of Peace - Daw

Prepare the Way of the Lord - Taizé, and other arrangements

The Prophets’ Voice Comes Down the Years - Hinton

The Sinless one to Jordan Came - Timms

When All the World Was Cursed - Kretzmann

Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice - Daw

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