Hymns for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A (19 March 2017)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the third 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 - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if these are particularly appropriate.


First:  Exodus - the people complained to Moses of their thirst, so he appealed to God who guided him to strike a rock at Horeb and draw water.

Psalm 94 - O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your hearts / Come ring out our joy to the Lord / Come in, let us bow and bend low.

Second: Romans - the love of God has been poured into your hearts by the Holy Spirit ... Christ died for us while we were still sinners.

Gospel: John - Jesus asks the Samaritan woman for a drink at the well.


Jesus, the water, who assuages our thirst by pouring the Holy Spirit

Suggested free-use hymns

Amazing Grace

Church of God Beloved and Chosen

Come let us Drink of that New River

Glorious Things of You are Spoken (esp verse 2)

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Jesu Lover of my Soul

Let us Break Bread Together

My Shepherd will Supply my Need

O Praise our Great and Gracious Lord

Psalm 94 - Music for Mass setting

Shall we Gather at the River

Shepherd of Souls Refresh and Bless

The King of Love my Shepherd Is

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Vaster than any Ocean

Wade in the Water

What Wondrous Love

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

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