Hymns for the 1st Sunday in Lent, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (26 Feb 2023)

A selection of  hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the first Sunday of Lent, Year A.

Many 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 - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if these are particularly appropriate.

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


First:  Genesis 2: 15-17,  3:1-79 - God fashioned man from dust, breathed life into him and placed him nto the garden of Eden.  The serpent tempted the woman with the gift of knowledge.

Psalm 32 - Happy are those whose sin is forgiven.

Second:  Romans 5: 12-19 - Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given - divine grace coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, who came to many as an abundant free gift.

Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 - Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the desert, where he was tempted by the devil.


Christ the new Adam and source of salvation for the world

Free-use art

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

Free-use hymns

A Mighty Fortress is our God - Hedge, from Luther

All Depends on Our Possessing - Winkworth

Be Thou my Guardian and my Guide - Williams

Before the Ending of the Day - Neale

Father, whose everlasting love - Wesley

Forty Days and Forty Nights

Jesus Grant me this I Pray - Baker

Jesus Lover of my Soul - Wesley

Jesus shall Reign Where’er the Sun - Watts

Just a Closer Walk With Thee - Unknown

O Love, how Deep, how Broad, how High - Webb, from á Kempis

Saviour When in Dust to Thee - Grant

This is the Truth sent from Above - Unknown

What Shall I do my God to Love my Saviour - Wesley

Yield not to temptation - Palmer

Hymns which may still be copyright

Bless Now, O God, the Journey - Dunstan

By your Kingly Power O Risen Lord - McAuley

Christ our Redeemer knew temptation’s hour - Dudley-Smith

 Glory to God the Source of all our Mission - Idle

God is our Fortress and our Rock - Perry

Jesus, Tempted in the Desert - Stuempfle

Safe in the Shadow of the Lord - Dudley-Smith

Seek ye First the Kingdom of God

Sing of Eve and sing of Adam - O'Driscoll

What Adam's disobedience Cost - Pratt-Green

When we are Tested and Wrestle Alone - Duck

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