Hymns and songs for Lent

This is selection of hymns and songs suitable for use during the whole season of Lent.

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.

However a small number of hymns which may still be copyright that but are specifically about Lent are also included.

Seasonal note

The season of Lent is a time of penance, including traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

There are a number of themes which appear in the Lenten readings in each year of the liturgical calendar, including repentance and renewal, preparing for Christ's death, appealing to God's mercy and compassion.

These suggestions are appropriate for the entire season, rather than being directly tied to the readings on a particular day.  Hymns which are more suited to Good Friday are not included - but they are often used towards the end of Lent..

Free-use hymns for the season of Lent

Attende Domine

Beloved Lamb

Be Still my Soul

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Father Hear the Prayer we Offer

Forty Days and Forty Nights

God of Mercy and Compassion

Godhead Here in Hiding

Jesus Calls Us, O'er the Tumult

Lord Jesus Think on Me

Lord who Throughout These Forty Days

My Faith Looks up to Thee

Now are the Days of Humblest Prayer - Faber

O Cross of Christ Immortal Tree

O God of Earth and Altar

O Kind Creator Bow Thine Ear

O Love How Deep How Broad How High

Parce Domine

Praise to the Holiest in the Heights

Saviour When in Dust to Thee
Take up Thy Cross

The Glory of these Forty Days

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

We Walk by Faith

When Jesus Wept

Lenten hymns that may still be copyright

Again We Keep This Solemn Fast - Scagnelli / Neale

Beyond the Days

Bring us Back to You O Lord Our God - Lecot / Fay

From the Depths we Cry to Thee

Hosea (Come back to Me)

Led by the Spirit of our God - Hurd

May this Lenten Discipline (ref) - McAuley

Merciful God - Alonso / Bringle (ref)

Return to God -Haugen

The Glory of These Forty Days

These Forty Days of Lent

Where Charity and Love Abound - Rubalcava

Where Charity and Love are Found - Kendzia

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