Hymns for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, Year C (20 March 2022)

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

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 particularly-relevant hymns that are still subject to copyright may also be 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 3: 1-8,  13-15 - Moses and the burning bush - God's promise to deliver them.  I am who I am - this is my name for all generations.

Psalm: Psalm 102 - The Lord is compassion and love / My soul give thanks to the Lord / It is he who forgives your guilt / The Lord does deeds of justice / The Lord is compassion and love.

Second: I Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12  - Remember how the people under Moses were guided by a cloud - the one who thinks he is safe must be careful not to fall.

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 - Repent or you will perish - the parable of the fig tree, giving it one more chance.


Christ as the new Moses:   God's mercy and love.


See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

Free-use hymns

All Who Believe and are Baptized

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Come Ye Disconsolate

Glorious Thing of Thee are Spoken

Go Down Moses

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee

Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days

Somebody's Knocking at Your Door

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

There is a Balm in Gilead

Thy Mercy Free

What Wondrous Love is This

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Hymns that may still be copyright

Here I Am Lord - Schutte

Holy Ground - Beatty

Loving and Forgiving - Soper

My Eyes are Fixed on God - Tietze

Take Your Shoes Off Moses - Stanley Brothers

Turn our Hearts to One Another - Kendrick

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