Hymns and songs for Lent

This is selection of hymns and songs suitable for use during the whole season of Lent.

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.

However a small number of hymns which may still be copyright that but are specifically about Lent are also included.

Seasonal note

The season of Lent is a time of penance, including traditional practises of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

There are a number of themes which appear in the Lenten readings in each year of the liturgical calendar, including renewal, preparing for Christ's death, appealing to God's mercy and compassion.

These suggestions are appropriate for the entire season, rather than being directly tied to the readings on a particular day.  Hymns which are more suited to Good Friday are not included - but they are often used towards the end of Lent..


Free-use hymns for the season of Lent

Attende Domine

Be Still my Soul

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Father Hear the Prayer we Offer

Forty Days and Forty Nights

God of Mercy and Compassion

Godhead Here in Hiding

Jesus Calls Us, O'er the Tumult

Lord Jesus Think on Me

Lord who Throughout These Forty Days

My Faith Looks up to Thee

O Cross of Christ Immortal Tree

O God of Earth and Altar

O Love How Deep How Broad How High

Parce Domine

Praise to the Holiest in the Heights

Saviour When in Dust to Thee
Take up Thy Cross

The Glory of these Forty Days

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

We Walk by Faith

When Jesus Wept



Lenten hymns that may still be copyright

From the Depths we Cry to Thee

Led by the Spirit of our God

These Forty Days of Lent



Further suggestions are welcome: please leave a comment below.

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