Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A (5 March 2023) - Catholic lectionary

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the second Sunday of Lent, Year A.

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 - 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 12: 1-4 - God calls Abraham to leave his country and family and go the land that God will show him

Psalm 32 - May your love be upon us O Lord as we place our hope in You / The word of the Lord is faithful / The Lord looks on those who revere him / Our soul is waiting for the Lord.

Second: II Timothy 1:8-10 - rely on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy.

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 - Jesus is transfigured, his face shines like the sun ... God says "This is my Son the Beloved, he enjoys my favour, listen to him".


Christ's transfiguration - God's call - life beyond death - healing and reconciliation.

Free-use art

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

Free-use hymns

Be Thou my Vision

How Good, Lord, to be Here

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Immortal Invisible God only Wise

O Light of Light, Love Given Birth (public domain in the USA, not not in many countries)

Psalm 32 - Music for Mass setting

The God of Abraham Praise

The King of Love my Shepherd Is

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Thy Hand O Lord has Guided

'Tis Good Lord to be Here

What Wondrous Love

Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

In our Midst

Shine Jesus Shine - Kendrick

Transfigure Us - Hurd

We Behold the Splendour of God - Landry

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