Hymns for the 5th Sunday in Lent, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (26 March 2023)

Hymns and song suggestions based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the fifth 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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.  A small selection of hymns which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

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


First: Ezekiel 37: 1-14 - The Lord says ... I am going to open your graves and lead you back to Israel.   I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live.

Psalm: Psalm 129 - With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption / Out of the depths I cry to you /  If you should mark our guilt / My soul is waiting for the Lord.

Second: Romans 8:6-11 -The Spirit of God has made his home in you - your spirit is life itself because you have been justified.

Gospel: John 11:1-45 - Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.


Christ's spirit, healing, reconciliation, Christ the resurrection and the life.

Free-use art

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

Free-use hymns

Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed - Watts

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name 

Are Ye Able, Said the Master - Marlatt

Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death - Tucker

Christ, the Life of All the Living - Winkworth

Close to Thee (Thou my everlasting portion) - Crosby

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

Day of Judgment Day of Wonders - Newton

Father of Heaven, whose Love Profound - Cowper

Footprints of Jesus - Slade

From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee - Winkworth

Give to our God Immortal Praise - Watts

Hark my Soul it is the Lord - Cowper

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine - Longfellow

How Firm a Foundation - Keen

I Know that my Redeemer Lives

I Know Whom I Have Believed (I know not why God’s wondrous grace) - Whittle

In Thee is Gladness - Winkworth

Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land - unknown

Jesus Lover of my Soul - Wesley

Jesus the Name High over All - Wesley

Jesus thy Blood and Righteousness - Wesley

Just a Closer Walk with Thee - unknown

Mary Don't you Weep (O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn)

O Breath of life, come sweeping through us - Porter

O Come and Dwell in Me - Wesley

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley

Oh, I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me - Unknown

Revive Thy Work, O Lord - Midlane

Spirit of Faith, Come Down - Wesley

Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart - Crolly 

The Sanctifying and Sealing Spirit (Father of everlasting grace) - Wesley
Thou art the Way: to Thee Alone - Donae

We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died - Kelly

Hymns which may still be copyright

Days of Elijah - Mann

Eat this bread and never hunger  - Damon   (esp verse 3)

Eternal light, shine in my heart - Idle

Filled with the Spirit’s Power - Peacy

Four Days Late - Wilburn

Holy Spirit, Come, Confirm Us - Brian Foley

Jesus, You Once Called Disciples - Gillette (ref) - esp verse 2

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus - Haugen

Rise, Shine, You People - Klug

Walk in the Light (The spirit lives to set us free) - Lundy

We Are God's People - Leech

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