Hymns and songs for the 4th Sunday of Lent, Year C - Revised Common lectionary

A selection of hymns and song suggestions based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the forth Sunday of Lent, Year C.
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 raditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

Seasonal note

In Lutheran and Anglican traditions, the fourth Sunday in Lent is commonly known as Laetare Sunday.   The word "laetare" means rejoice in Latin, and this idea is taken from the entrance-antiphon for the liturgy, which starts "Rejoice, O Jerusalem...".   Falling roughly at the half-way point in the Lenten season, this is a Sunday when traditional Lenten austerity is relaxed, and we have a reminder of the joyous resurrection to come.   The day's liturgical colour is rose, instead of the usual purple of the Lenten season.

This is also Mother's Day in some countries.


First: Joshua 5: 9-12 - The Israelites kept the Passover when they entered the Promised Land.

Psalm: Psalm 32 - Happy is the man who's sins are forgiven

Second: II Corinthians 5: 16-21 - For anyone in Christ, there is a new creation ... God through Christ reconciled the world to himself.

Gospel: Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32 - Parable of the prodigal son.


Welcoming sinners - reconciliation through Christ - faithfulness

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

Come let us to the Lord our God - Morrison

Come Unto me Ye Weary

Come ye Sinners Poor and Needy

Father Again in Jesus' Name we Meet - Whitmore

God is Love; His the Care

God of Mercy and Compassion

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

I will sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley

In Christ there is no East or West

Now I have Found the Ground Wherein - Rothe

O Love that wilt not Let Me Go - Matheson

O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus - Francis

Somebody's Knocking at Your Door

The Church's One Foundation

The King of Love my Shepherd Is

Hymns which may still be copyright

Ballad of the Prodigal Son - Winter

Father we have Sinned - Getty

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