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Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Lent, Year B - Laetare Sunday (10 March 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fourth 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 fourth Sunday in Lent is commonly known as Laetare Sunday.   The word "laetare" means rejoice in Latin, and this idea is taken from the entrance-antiphon for the Mass, which starts "Rejoice, O Jerusalem...".   Falling roughly at the half-way point in the Lenten season, this is a Sunday when traditional Lenten austerity is relaxed, and we have a reminder of the joyous resurrection to come.   The day's liturgical colour is rose, instead of the usual purple of the Lenten season.

This is also Mother's Day in some countries (including Ireland, the UK, Nigeria).

The Year A Mass readings may be used today, especially if  a pre-baptismal / RCIA scrutiny is being held.