Hymns for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, Year A (1 Jan, 2023) - Revised Common Lectionary

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

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free)means 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 which are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.

Most communities have a familiar repertoire of public domain Christmas music, so finding free-to-use hymns for time is simple. The list below doe not include all well known Christmas carols, just ones that are a particularly good fit with the lectionary themes for this feast.


First: Isaiah 63:7-9  -  The prophet tells of the ...all that the LORD has done for the people of Israel - he has shown them his mercy ... he became their savior in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them.

Psalm: Psalm 148 - Praise the Lord ...

Second: Hebrews 2:10-18   The pioneer of salvation was made perfect through sufferings:  the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father.   He came to help the descendants of Abraham ... therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect.  He know suffering.

Gospel: Matthew 2: 13-23 - The Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and warned him to escape to Egypt.  Joseph obeyed, and stayed until the Lord told him that it was safe to go back to Israel.


God's mercy and love, family life, being faithful to what the Lord asks.

Free-use hymns

All my Heart this Night Rejoices - Winkworth

Be thou my Vision

Child in the Manger

Come your Hearts and Voices Raising

Coventry Carol

God Moves in a Mysterious Way

God of Mercy, God of Grace - Lyte

God rest you Merry Gentlemen

God's Son Given (To us a child of royal birth) - Wesley

Good Christian Men Rejoice

Great God, we sing that mighty hand - Doddridge

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

In Thee, Lord, have I put my Trust - Winkworth

Jesus Comes with all His Grace - Wesley

Jesus Good Above all Other - Dearmer

Joy to the World

Let All Together Praise Our God - Crull

Saviour of the Nations, Come

The First Nowell

Thou didst Leave thy Throne - Elliott

Through all the Changing Scenes of Life

To Shepherds as they Watched by Night - Massie, from Luther

Unto us a Boy is Born - Dearmer

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Voice was Heard in Ramah - Gilette  (ref)

Lord, who left the highest heaven - Dudley Smith

Our Father by Whose Name - Tucker

Refugee King - Vice  (video)

When Jesus was a Refugee - Damon (ref)

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