Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B (25 February 2024) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the second 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.


First: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 - God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice Issac ... Abraham offers, but God provides a substitute at the last minute, and showers blessings on Abraham for not refusing.

Psalm: 115 - I will walk in the presence of God in the land of the living / I trusted even when I said ... Your servant Lord, your servant am I / My vows to the Lord I will fulfil.

Second: Romans 8:31-34 - With God on our side who can be against us ... since God did not spare his only son, we may be certain that he will not refuse us.

Gospel: Mark 9:2-10 - The Transfiguration - a voice from the cloud said "This is my Son the Beloved, listen to him"


Transfiguration:  Jesus the beloved Son of God - the fulfilment of the Scriptures.   Abraham's obedience - sacrifice, the characteristics of faith.    God's glory makes his will known - Christ is for us.

Free-use hymns

At the Name of Jesus

Be Still and Know

Before Thy Throne O God we Kneel

Crown Him with Many Crowns

God is Love His the Care

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Jesu Lover of My Soul

O Cross of Christ

O Light of Light by Love Inclined

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

The God of Abraham Praise

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

'Tis Good (How Good) Lord to be Here

What Wondrous Love

Hymns that may be copyright

Christ Upon the Mountain Peak

If God is For Us

Transfigure Us O Lord

We Behold the Splendour of God - Landry

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