Hymns for the 5th Sunday of Lent, Year B (17 March 2024) - Catholic lectionary

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

Seasonal note

The Year A Mass readings may be used today, especially if  a pre-baptismal / RCIA scrutiny is being held.

St Patrick's Day is traditionally observed on 17 March:  when this falls on a Sunday, it is transferred to the following day, in most countries.


First: Jeremiah 31:31-34 - The prophet speaks of the new covenant the Lord will make with Israel ... I will be their God and they will be my people.

Psalm 136 - A pure heart create for me, O God.

Second: Hebrews 5:7-9 - Christ offered up prayer to the one who had the power to save him - he learnt to obey through suffering .. and became the source of eternal salvation.

Gospel: John 12:20-30 - Jesus predicts his death .. unless a grain of what dies it remains a single grain but if it dies it yields a rich harvest ... a voice from heaven says "I have glorified it and will glorify it again".


Salvation in God through Christ.  Life out of death.  Covenant.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

Ah, Holy Jesus

At the Name of Jesus

Glory be to Jesus

God of Mercy and Compassion

God of Mercy God of Grace

Have Mercy, Lord, on Us

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

My Song is Love Unknown

O Cross of Christ

O Sacred Head Surrounded

The Royal Banners Forward Go

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Hymns that may be copyright

Covenant - Higgins

Covenant - D Todd

Lift High the Cross

Unless a Grain of Wheat Shall Fall - Farrell

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