Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A (18 Dec 2022) - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the fourth 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 selection of hymns that are still copyright, but which are especially appropriate may also be included.


First: Isaiah 7:10-16 - The Lord himself will give you a sign:  the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son who she will call Emmanuel.

Second: Romans 1:1-7 : News about the Son of God, who was a descendant of David by the human nature he took ... through him we received grace and our mission to preach ...

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25 - Mary was betrothed to Joseph .. but was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.   An angel appeared to Joseph, and told him to take Mary as his wife anyway, and to name the child Jesus. ... All this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son .."


The story of Jesus birth, Mary's child, Emmanuel - who belongs to all nations not just the house of David.

Art for this week

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

Free use hymns

 A Great and Mighty Wonder - Neale

Behold a Rose is Growing - Spaeth

Cherry Tree Carol (As Joseph was a-walking)

Come, thou Redeemer of the earth - Neale

From East to West - Ellerton

From Heaven Above to Earth I Come - Winkworth

God Himself is Present - Foster / Miller

Good Christians all, rejoice -Neale
Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes - Doddridge

He Is Born, the Holy Child

How Brightly Beams the Morning Star - Winkworth

In the Bleak Mid-winter - Rossetti

Jesus the Name High over All  - Wesley

Join all the Glorious Names - Watts

Let Earth and Heaven Combine - Wesley
Lift up Your Heads you Mighty Gates - Winkworth

Lo he comes with Clouds Descending

Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow

Savior of the Nations, Come

The Advent of our God - Chandler

The Angel Gabriel

The Race that Long in Darkness Pined - Morrison 

The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne - Elliot

To the Name of our Salvation - Neale

Hymns which may still be copyright

Come, Sing the Praise of Jesus - Winslow

Emmanuel, Emmanuel - McGee

For Mary Mother of our Lord - Peacy

Name of all Majesty - Dudley-Smith

The Servant King

To a Maid Engaged to Joseph - Grindal

We are Waiting to Welcome Jesus

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