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Hymns for Advent and Christmas – Year C

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 C hymns for 2018

Carolyn has penned new hymns for 2018 based on the Year C lectionary texts! These hymns 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)

  • Prophets Told Us, “Pay Attention!” (Advent 1C)
  • O God of Peace, You Sent Us John (Advent 2C)
  • John Proclaimed, “Change Your Lives!” (Advent 3C)
  • My Soul Proclaims That God is Good (Advent 4C)
  • When Mary and Joseph Sought Safety and Shelter  (Christmas C)

December 2, 2018 / Advent 1C

Prophets Told Us,“Pay Attention!” (preview of full hymn text) New for 2018!
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36
REGENT SQUARE 8.7.8.7.8.7 (“Angels, from the Realms of Glory”)
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God’s World Is Changing (preview of full hymn text)
Psalm 25:5-10; Luke 21:25-36; Matthew 25:31-46
BUNESSAN 5.5.5.4 D (“Morning Has Broken”)
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The Days are Coming, Said the Lord (preview of full hymn text)
Jeremiah 33:14-16
CAROL 8.6.8.6 D (“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”)
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December 9, 2018 / Advent 2C

O God of Peace, You Sent Us John (preview of full hymn text) — New for 2018!
Luke 3:1-6
CAROL 8.6.8.6 D (“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”)
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John Spoke As a Prophet (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 3:1-6; Matthew 3:1-6; Mark 1:1-5
TO GOD BE THE GLORY 11.11.11.11 with Refrain (“To God Be the Glory”)
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“Behold,” Said God, “I’m Sending One” (preview of full hymn text)
Malachi 3:1-4
WINCHESTER OLD 8.6.8.6 (“While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks”)
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December 16, 2018 / Advent 3C
John Proclaimed, “Change Your Lives!” (preview of full hymn text) — New for 2018!
Luke 3:7-18
PERSONENT HODIE 6.6.6.6.6 with Refrain (“On This Day Earth Shall Ring”)
Alternative tune: MENDELSSOHN 7.7.7.7.7.7 with Refrain (“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”)
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If I Have Two Coats (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 3:7-18
LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!”)
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Sing Out, All God’s People! (preview of full hymn text)
Zephaniah 3:14-20
ADESTE FIDELES Irregular (“O Come, All Ye Faithful”)
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December 23, 2018 / Advent 4C

My Soul Proclaims That God is Good (preview of full hymn text) — New for 2018!
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
GREENSLEEVES 8.7.8.7 with Refrain (“What Child Is This?”)
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The Lowly Will Be Lifted Up (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 1:39-5
ST. ANNE 8.6.8.6 (“Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”)
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He Shall Be the One of Peace (preview of full hymn text)
Micah 5:2-5a
HUMILITY 7.7.7.7 D (“See Amid the Winter’s Snow”)
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Mary Gladly Told Her Cousin (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 1:47-55
IRBY 8.7.8.7.7.7 (“Once in Royal David’s City”)
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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 24-25, 2018 / Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

When Mary and Joseph Sought Safety and Shelter (preview of full hymn text) — New for 2018!
Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 25:31-46
ASH GROVE 6.6.11.6.6.11 D (“Let All Things Now Living”)
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A Baby, A Blessing! A Husband and Wife (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 2:22-40
ST. DENIO 11.11.11.11 (“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”)
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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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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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December 30, 2018 / Christmas 1C

Jesus’ Parents Left the Temple (preview of full hymn text)
Luke 2:41-52
W ZLOBIE LEZY 4.4.7.4.4.7.4.4.4.4.7 (“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”)
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