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

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 - Wren

If God is For Us - Foley

Transfigure Us O Lord

We Behold the Splendour of God - Landry

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