Hymns for the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year B (18 February 2024) - Catholic lectionary

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

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

Seasonal note

This is the first Sunday of the six-week season of Lent.   Hymns in this period are typically more penitential / reflective - often in minor keys.    The Gloria is not sung, and the word "alleluia" is not used any any hymns or prayers.


First: Genesis 9: 8-15 - God explains the covenant with Noah and his descendants and every living creature .... that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." And the rainbow is a sign of this covenant..

Psalm: 24 - Your ways Lord are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant / Lord make me know your ways / Remember your mercy, Lord / The Lord is good and upright.

Second: I Peter 3:18-22 - Christ also suffered for sins once for all, in order to bring you to God. ... Baptism now saves you ... as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 - Jesus spends 40 days in the desert being tempted by the devil. Than after John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee ... saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe.”


The desert. Encountering God. Confront the temptations in our lives.  Struggling to live a life of doing what is good and right.   Repentance.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

Be Still and Know

Forty Days and Forty Nights

From the River to the Desert - Duck

Jesus, Tempted in the Desert - Stuempfle

Lead me to the Desert - Hart / Liles

Keep we the Fast - Knox

On Eagles Wings - Joncas

Remember Your Mercy Lord - Inwood

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