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Hymns for Advent and Christmas – Year B

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

The Presbyterian Outlook commissioned Presbyterian hymn writer, Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to compose Advent hymns set to familiar Christmas tunes and other well-loved hymns.

Your hymn purchase includes downloads of  a PDF of the lyrics scored with the music for a half-page regular sheet of paper, a second PDF of the lyrics scored with music for a half-page of legal-sized paper (large print) and a document with lyrics only. You have permission to print as many copies as needed for your use.

Advent wreath hymn

“The Candle of Hope”  is a new hymn that is not geared to the lectionary passages. This new hymn follows the themes of each of the Sundays in Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. If you light Advent candles as part of your worship during the season, then this hymn is ideal!

The words are set to the familiar tune of “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above.”

The Candle of Hope (preview of full hymn text)
“The candle of hope we light in this hour,
proclaims that the Lord is coming in power.
We wait for a future, now hidden from view,
when Christ in his glory will make all things new.”

LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”)
Hope: Matt. 24:36–44, Mark 13:24–37; Peace: Isa. 11:1–10, Luke 1:68–79, Isa. 2:4; Joy: Luke 1 46b–55; Love: John 3:16–17, Luke 1:26–38, Matt. 1:18–25; Christ: Luke 2:1–20, John 1:1–14, Titus 3:4–7

Click here to purchase “The Candle of Hope” for $10.

New Advent B hymns for 2017

Carolyn has penned new hymns for 2017 based on the Year B lectionary texts! These Advent hymns based on the lectionary are sung to familiar tunes. After purchase, you will receive a master PDF with musical score and can print as many copies as you need. Hymns are just $10 per Sunday.

Package deal of 5 new hymns for $50. (Click here to purchase)

  • When Nations Turn Toward Trouble (Advent 1B)
  • Lord, We Long for Words of Comfort (Advent 2B)
  • We Can’t Sit on Fences (Advent 3B)
  • Angel Gabriel went to Galilee (Advent 4B)
  • A Baby, a Blessing! A Husband and Wife (Christmas B)

December 3, 2017/Advent 1B
When Nations Turn Toward Trouble (preview of full hymn textNew for 2017!
Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37
LLANGLOFFAN 7.6.7.6 D (“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”)
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God, You Alone Know What You’ve Planned (preview of full hymn text)
Mark 13:24-37
CAROL 8.6.8.6 D (“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”)
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Open Wide Your Heavens! (preview of full hymn text)
Isaiah 64:1-9
CRANHAM Irregular (“In The Bleak Midwinter”)
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December 10, 2017/Advent 2B
Lord, We Long for Words of Comfort (preview of full hymn textNew for 2017!
Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8
BEACH SPRING 8.7.8.7 D (“God Whose Giving Knows No Ending”)
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When John the Baptist Preached (preview of full hymn text)
Mark 1:1-8
VENITE ADOREMUS 10.10.10.10 with Refrain (“The Snow Lay on the Ground”)
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O God, We Hear Your Word of Grace (preview of full hymn text)
Psalms 85:1-2, 8-13
CAROL 8.6.8.6 D (“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”)
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December 17, 2017/Advent 3B
We Can’t Sit on Fences (preview of full hymn textNew for 2017!
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28 and Luke 1:46b-55
ASH GROVE 6.6.11.6.6.11 D (“Let All Things Now Living”)
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John Came Preaching, Bearing Witness (preview of full hymn text)
John 1:6-8, 19-28
REGENT SQUARE 8.7.8.7.8.7 (“Angels, from the Realms of Glory”)
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Mary Gladly Told Her Cousin (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 1:46b-55
IRBY 8.7.8.7.7.7 (“Once in Royal David’s City”)
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December 24, 2017/Advent 4B
Angel Gabriel Went to Galilee (preview of full hymn textNew for 2017!
Luke 1:39-56
SHOWALTER (“Leaning on the everlasting arms”)
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There’s Not a Thing That God Can’t Do (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 1:26-38
WINCHESTER OLD 8.6.8.6 (“While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks”)
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Blue Christmas/Longest Night
How Can We Sing a Joyful Song? (free download)
O WALY WALY 8.8.8.8 (“Though I May Speak”)
A hymn for a Blue Christmas service.

December 25, 2017/Christmas ABC (Proper 1,2,3)
All of You Who Walked In Darkness (preview of full hymn text)
Isaiah 9:2-7
MENDELSSOHN 7.7.7.7.7.7 with Refrain (“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”)
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A New Father, Awe-Struck (preview of full hymn text)
Isaiah 9:2-7
MUELLER 11.11.11.11 (“Away in a Manger”)
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When Mary Hugged Her Newborn Son (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 2:19; Luke 2:8-20 and Matthew 2:1-12
TALLIS’ CANON 8.8.8.8 (“All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night”)
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O God, Your Grace Has Now Appeared (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 2:1-20
WINCHESTER OLD 8.6.8.6 (“While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks”)
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December 31, 2017/Christmas B
A Baby, a Blessing! A Husband and Wife (preview of full hymn textNew for 2017!
Luke 2:22-40
ST. DENIO 11.11.11.11 (“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”)
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Christmas Joy Offering
A Savior Born, A Gift of Joy (preview of full hymn text)
O WALY WALY LM (“Though I May Speak”)
This hymn celebrates that God’s gift of Jesus Christ to the world is a gift of joy— a joy that we as a church are called to share with those who are in need.
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