Hymns for the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year B

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the first 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

This is the first Sunday of the six-week season of Lent.   Hymns in this period are typically more penitential / reflective - often in minor keys.    The Gloria is not sung, and the word "alleluia" is not used any any hymns or prayers.






Readings

First: Genesis 9 - God explains the covenant with Noah and his descendants and every living creature .... that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." And the rainbow is a sign of this covenant..

Psalm: 24 - Your ways Lord are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant / Lord make me know your ways / Remember your mercy, Lord / The Lord is good and upright.

Second: I Peter 3 - Christ also suffered for sins once for all, in order to bring you to God. ... Baptism now saves you ... as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Mark 1 - Jesus spends 40 days in the desert being tempted by the devil. Than after John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee ... saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe.”


Themes

The desert. Encountering God. Confront the temptations in our lives.  Struggling to live a life of doing what is good and right.   Repentance.


Suggested free-use hymns

Be Still and Know

Forty Days and Forty Nights

Jesu Lover of My Soul

Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

Lead Us Heavenly Father, Lead Us

Lord Jesus Think on Me

Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days

O Cross of Christ

Psalm 24 - Music for Mass setting

Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Take up Your Cross

The Glory of These Forty Days


Suggested hymns that are / maybe copyright

From the River to the Desert - Duck

Jesus, Tempted in the Desert - Stuempfle

Keep we the Fast - Knox

On Eagles Wings - Joncas

Who put the Colours in the Rainbow - Booth



Other suggestions are welcome - please leave a comment below.


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