Hymns for the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A (26 Feb 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of  hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the first Sunday of Lent, Year A.

Many 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 - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if these are particularly appropriate.

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First:  Genesis 2: 7-9, 3:1-9 - God fashioned man from dust, breathed life into him and placed him.into the garden of Eden.  The serpent tempted the woman with the gift of knowledge

Psalm 50 - Have mercy on us O Lord, for we have sinned /Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness / My offences truly I know them / A pure heart create for me O God / Give me again the joy of your help.

Second: I Romans 5: 12-19 - Sn existed in the world long before the Law was given ... divine grace coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, cane to many as an abundant free gift..

Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 - Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the desert, where he was tempted by the devil.


Christ the new Adam and source of salvation for the world

Free-use art

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

Free-use hymns

Adam our Father and our Head

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall

Amazing Grace

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Forty Days and Forty Nights

Hear our Entreaties Lord

Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us

Lord Jesus Think on Me

Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days

O Jesus I have Promised

O Merciful Redeemer

Praise to the Holiest in the Heights (esp 2nd verse)

Psalm 50 - Music for Mass setting

Sunday Psalm setting

OR  any of the hymns for the season of Lent

Hymns which may still be copyright

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