Hymns for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B (4 March 2018)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the third Sunday of Lent, Year B.

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 still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also 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 20 - The Ten Commandments, as spoken by God to Moses.

Psalm: 18 - You Lord have the message of eternal life / The law of the Lord is perfect / The precepts of the Lord are right / The fear of the Lord is holy / They are more to be desired than gold.

Second: I Corinthians - Paul reflects on the crucified Christ - who does not satisfy the Jews who look for miracles or the Greeks who look for wisdom - but who reflects the power and wisdom of God to those who are called.

Gospel: John - Jesus drives the money changers from the Temple, and then makes predictions about how long it will take to rebuild it.


Wisdom.   God's law vs human law.

Suggested free-use hymns

A New Commandment

All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Hail the Sign, the Sign of Jesus

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

Lord Thy Word Abideth

My Song is Love Unknown

Psalm 18 - Music for Mass setting

The Ten Commandments (for children)

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Suggested hymns that are / maybe copyright

Eternal Lord of Love Behold Your Church - Thomas Cain (1931-)

Lift High the Cross

The Stars Declare His Glory, verse 3 - Dudley-Smith

You Strode within the Temple, Lord - Stuempfle

Other suggestions are welcome - please leave a comment below.

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