Hymns and songs for the 5th Sunday of Lent, Year C - Revised Common lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the fifth 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 old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still be copyright may also included, if they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

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


First: Isaiah 43: 16-21 - The Lord says ... I am making a road in the wilderness, ... rivers in the wild to give my chosen people water.

Psalm 126 - What marvels the Lord worked for us, indeed we are glad / When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage / Deliver us O Lord / They go out full of tears.

Second: Philippians 3:4b-14  - Nothing can happen that will outweigh the advantage of knowing Christ my saviour - I have accepted loss of everything for the him.

Gospel: John 12:1-8  Just before the Passover, in the home of Lazarus, Mary ... anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.  Judas asked  "Why was this perfume not sold ... and the money given to the poor?" ...  Jesus answered "You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."


Faith in God - following a new path.   Christ's forgiveness - sinfulness is wiped away.   Loving Christ wholeheartedly.

Free-use hymns

Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain

Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley

I Will Glory in the Cross

Master No Offering - Parker

O How I Love Jesus (There's a name) - Whitfield

O Love Divine How Sweet Thou Art - Faber (esp verse 4)

O Mary Don't You Weep

What Shall I do my God to Love - Wesley

Hymns that may still be copyright

A Prophet-woman Broke a Jar - Wren

A Spendthrift Lover is the Lord - Troeger

Great God Your Love has Called us Here - Wren

I Will Offer up my Life - Redman

Myrrh-bearing Mary - Whitney

Servant Song

The Servant King - Kendrick

When Mary Poured a Rich Perfume - Gilette

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