Hymns for the 5th Sunday of Lent, Year A (29 March 2020)

Hymns and song suggestions based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fifth Sunday of Lent, 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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).


First: Ezekiel - The Lord says ... I am going to open your graves and lead you back to Israel.   I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live.

Psalm: Psalm 129 - With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption / Out of the depths I cry to you /  If you should mark our guilt / My soul is waiting for the Lord.

Second: Romans -The Spirit of God has made his home in you - your spirit is life itself because you have been justified.

Gospel: John - Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.


Christ's spirit, healing, reconciliation, Christ the resurrection and the life.

Free-use art suggestions

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

Free-use hymns

All You who Seek a Comfort Sure

I Cannot Tell

I Know that my Redeemer Lives

O Breathe on Me O Breath of God

O Cross of Christ, Immortal Tree

O Sacred Head Surrounded

Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee

The Royal Banners Forward Go

What Wondrous Love is This

We Walk by Faith

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Psalm:   Music for Mass setting - or any of the Common Psalms for Lent

Hymns which may still be copyright

Four Days Late - Wilburn

I am the Bread of Life - settings by Toolan, Konstant

I am the Resurrection - The Dameans

I am the Resurrection - Adderson

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus - Haugen

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

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