Hymns for the 5th Sunday in Lent, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (17 March 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B.

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 still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.


First: Jeremiah 31:31-34 - The prophet speaks of the new covenant the Lord will make with Israel ... I will be their God and they will be my people.

Psalm 51- Have mercy on me God   OR   Psalm 119 - With my whole heart I seek you.

Second: Hebrews 5:5-10 - Christ offered up prayer to the one who had the power to save him - he learnt to obey through suffering .. and became the source of eternal salvation.

Gospel: John 12:20-33 - Jesus predicts his death .. unless a grain of what dies it remains a single grain but if it dies it yields a rich harvest ... a voice from heaven says "I have glorified it and will glorify it again".


Salvation in God through Christ.  Life out of death.  Covenant.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A Charge to Keep I Have - Wesley
A Mighty Stronghold Is Our God - Swartz, trans from Luther
A Psalm For the Lord's Day - Watts
A Tender Conscience - Wesley
Ah Holy Jesu How Hast Thou Offended - Bridges
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
All my Hope On God is Founded

Almighty Father who Dost Give - Masterman
An Eye Single to the Glory of the Lord (Behold the servant of the Lord) - Wesley
And are We Yet Alive - Charles Wesley
And Can it be that I Should Gain
Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Clephane
Blessed Assurance
Blest are the Poor in Heart
Christ For the World we Sing - Wolcott
Come Follow me the Savior Spake - Schaeffer
Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove - Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Come Let Us Use the Grace Divine - Wesley
Come Thou Holy Spirit Come - Caswall
Come, Christians Join to Sing - Bateman (1813-1889)
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Fairest Lord Jesus - Unknown
Give Me Thy Heart
Glory be to Jesus
Go to Dark Gethsemane - Montgomery (1771–1854)
God of All Power and Truth and Grace - Wesley
Great is Thy Faithfulness (free use in the USA)

Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Have Thine own way Lord
Holy is the Seed Time - Headlam (1817-1897)

I am His and He is Mine - Robinson (1838-1876)
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
I Surrender All (All to Jesus I Surrender)
If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee - Winkworth, trans from Neumark
It is a Thing Most Wonderful

Jesus Calls us O’er the Tumult - Alexander
Jesus I my Cross Have Taken - Lyte (1793-1847)
Jesus Lover of my Soul - Wesley
Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun - Watts
Just as I Am Without One Plea

Lead on O King Eternal  - Shurtleff (1862-1917)
Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us
Living For Jesus - Chisholm (1866-1960) - (free use in the USA)
Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Make me A Captive Lord - Matheson
Man of Sorrows, What a Name - Bliss
May the Mind of Christ my Saviour - Wilkinson
Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone - Shepherd
My Faith Looks up to Thee - Palmer (1808-1887)
My Heart and Voice I Raise - Rhodes (1743-1815)
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock) - Mote
My Song is Love Unknown

Nearer my God to Thee
Nothing But the Blood of Jesus - Lowry (1826-1899)

O Breath of Life Come Sweeping Through Us - Head
O Breathe on Me O Breath of God
O For A Heart to Praise my God - Wesley
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley
O God my Faithful God - Winkworth (1827-78), trans from Heermann (1585-1647)
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done - Wesley
O Love of God How Strong and True - Bonar (1808-1889)
O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go - Matheson
O My Saviour Lifted - How (1823-1897)
O Sacred Head Sore Wounded - Bridges, trans from Gerhardt
O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus - Francis (1834-1925)
O the Lamb - 19th cent - unknown
On my Heart Imprint Your Image - Strømme, trans from Kingo
On Opening a Place of Social Prayer (Great shepherd of Thy people hear) - Newton

Praise to the Living God - Various, from ben Judah
Rise up O Men of God - Merrill (1867-1954) - (free use in the USA)
Rock of Ages Cleft for Me
Sing my Tongue the Glorious Battle - Neale
Spirit of God Descend Upon my Heart - Croly
Standing in the Need of Prayer - Unknown

Take my Life and Let it Be
Take Time to be Holy
Take up Thy Cross / Take up Your Cross (the Saviour Said)
The Church's One Foundation
The Head that Once Was Crowned With Thorns - Kelly
The Jubilee (Blow ye the trumpet, blow) - Charles Wesley
The Royal Banners Forward Go - Neale (1818-1866)
Tis Finished the Messiah Dies - Charles Wesley

Victim Divine - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died - Kelly
We Would See Jesus - Warner
What a Friend we have in Jesus
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Where He Leads me I Will Follow - Blandly (1849-?)
Where High the Heavenly Temple Stands - Bruce (1746-1767)

Hymns that may be copyright

Christ Triumphant Ever Reigning - Saward
Covenant - Higgins
Covenant - D Todd
Create in Us A Clean Heart O God - Digby Hannah (b 1949)
Dear Lord Lead Me Day By Day - Asuncion

Give Me A Clean Heart - Douroux (b. 1941)
Glorify Thy Name - Adkins (b 1940)
Glory in the Cross - Schutte
God is Our Fortress and Our Rock - Perry, trans from Luther

His Name is Wonderful - Mieir (1916–1996)
How Deep the Father's Love For Us - Townend
Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord - Hudson
I Will Offer Up my Life (This thankful heart) - Redman

Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him - Maule / Bell
Jesus is King and I Will Extol Him - Churchill
Lift High the Cross
Lord, Is It I - McIntyre
Meekness and Majesty - Kendrick

O Christ the Same (through all our story's pages) - Dudley-Smith (b 1926)
Open Our Eyes - Cull
Since Our Great High Priest Christ Jesus - Idle (b 1938)

The Hour Has Come Foretold Since Time Began - Dudley-Smith (b 1926)
The Sacrifice you Accept O God - Isele (1946–2016)
The Servant King (From heav'n You came helpless babe) - Kendrick
Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery - Haugen (b 1950)

Unless a Grain of Wheat Shall Fall - Farrell
When You Prayed Beneath the Trees - Idle (b 1938)
Would I Have Answered When You Called - Stuempfle (1923-2007)

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