Suggested hymns for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, Year C

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the third Sunday of Lent in Year C.

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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of particularly-relevant whys that are still subject to copyright may also be included.

Seasonal note

The Year A Mass readings may be used today, especially if a pre-baptismal / RCIA scrutinies ceremony is being held.


First: Exodus - Moses and the burning bush - God's promise to deliver them.  I am who I am - this is my name for all generations.

Psalm: Psalm 102 - The Lord is compassion and love / My soul give thanks to the Lord / It is he who forgives your guilt / The Lord does deeds of justice / The Lord is compassion and love.

Second: I Corinthians - Remember how the people under Moses were guided by a cloud - the one who thinks he is safe must be careful not to fall.

Gospel: Luke - Repent or you will perish - the parable of the fig tree, giving it one more chanc..


Christ as the new Moses:   God's mercy and love.

Suggested hymns:

All Who Believe and are Baptized

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Come Ye Disconsolate

Glorious Thing of Thee are Spoken

Go Down Moses

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee

Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days

Somebody's Knocking at Your Door

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

There is a Balm in Gilead

Thy Mercy Free

What Wondrous Love is This

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.

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