Hymns for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (19 March 2023)

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

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 - 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 copyright hymns may also be included, where they are particularly relevant.

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below

This is also Mother's Day in some countries.


First:  1 Samuel 16: 1-13 - Samuel is sent by the Lord and anoints David King of Israel.

Psalm 23 - The Lord is my shepherd there is nothing I shall want / He guides me along the right path / You have prepared a banquet for me / Surely and kindness shall follow me.

Second: Ephesians 5:8-14 - Wake up from your sleep and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

Gospel: Matthew 9:1-41 - Jesus heals the blind man.


Jesus shepherding us from the darkness into light:   healing and reconciliation, light.

Free-use art

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

Free-use hymns

Awake, my Soul, and with the Sun - Ken

Christ whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley

Close to Thee (Thou my everlasting portion) - Crosby

Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life - Herbert

Faithful Shepherd Feed Me - Pollock

Grace Greater than Our Sin (Marvelous grace of our loving Lord) - Johnston

Hail to the Lord who Comes - Ellerton

He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought - Gilmore

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine - Longfellow

How Bright these Glorious Spirits Shine - Watts

I am not Skilled to Understand - Greenwell

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

I will Sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley

I'll Praise my Maker While I've Breath - Watts / Wesley

It is Well (When peace, like a river, attendeth my way)

Jesus Comes with all his Grace - Wesley

Jesus Lover of my Soul - Wesley

Let There be Light (God, whose almighty word) -  Marriott

O Christ, who art the Light and Day - Copeland

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley

O Jesus, King most Wonderful - Caswall

O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright - Bensen

O Thou in Whose Presence My Soul Takes Delight - Swain

Open My Eyes, That I May See - Scott

Hymns which may still be copyright

Christ is the World's Light - Green

Christ is the World's True Light - Briggs

Eternal Light Shine in my Heart - Idle

God has Spoken by his Prophets - Briggs

He Healed the Darkness of My Mind - Pratt-Green

He Saw it All

In Remembrance of Me - Courtney

Light of the Minds that Know Him - Dudley Smith

O Christ, the Healer - Green

O God, We Rage at Hurtful Things - Gillette (ref)

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