The Season of Lent – Music – 56.1

These music suggestions are appropriate for use throughout the Season of Lent and may be repeated from week to week.

Congregational Song in Lent

A change in liturgical seasons creates opportunities for congregational responses unique to the season as well as experiences of ongoing liturgical moments and responses set to new and different music. Following are suggestions for use during the season of Lent:

Consider removing the Gloria Patri or other uses of a Gloria response during Lent and instead using either a Kyrie eleison or Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) text as a part of the confessional sequence.

  • Kyrie GTG 576
  • Kyrie GTG 577
  • Lamb of God GTG 602
  • Lamb of God GTG 603

Consider a sung response for use with the Prayers of the People, which may be prayed using a series of spoken intercessions or as an opening or closing response to a non-intercessory prayer.

  • Give Us Light (selected verses) GTG 467
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying GTG 469; STF 2193
  • O Lord, Hear My Prayer GTG 471; STF 2200
  • Shepherd Me, O God (refrain) GTG 473; STF 2058

Consider replacing the Doxology with another response for this season, bringing the Doxology back on Easter morning.

  • Take, O Take Me as I Am GTG 698
  • Lord, Prepare Me GTG 701; STF 2164
  • We Give Thee But Thine Own (v. 1) GTG 708; PH 428
  • We Lift Our Voices GTG 710


Anthems for Children’s Choirs in Lent and Holy Week

  • “A Mountain Psalm,” Helen Kemp, CGA, 2 pt, pno (MA)
  • “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” from Hear Our Prayer: A Trilogy for Lent and Holy Week, Mark Patterson, CGA, uni/2 pt, pno (ME)
  • “Children of Light,” Valerie Ann Webdell, HIN, 2 pt, pno (A)
  • “Treasures in Heaven,” Pat Messick, CGA, uni/2 pt, pno (E*M)
  • “What Does the Lord Require?,” Mark Burrows, CGA, uni/2 pt, pno (E*M)

Anthems for Youth Choirs in Lent and Holy Week

  • “I Saw the Cross of Jesus,” Victor Johnson, CGA, SATB, pno (MA)
  • “When Jesus Wept,” Peter Paul Olejar, MSM, 3 pt mx, pno (E)
  • “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say,” John Helgen, CGA, SAB, pno (M)
  • “To Your Table We Come,” Stan Pethel, CGA, SATB, pno (M)

Piano Music for Lent and Holy Week

  • “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed,” MARTYRDOM, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty: Five Hymn Settings for Piano, Duane Funderburk, MSM (M)
  • “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy,” RESTORATION, Transformations: Ten Piano Solos Based on Timeless Hymn Tunes, Howard Helvey, BP (M)
  • “If You but Trust in God to Guide You,” WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT, Piano Reflections on Chorale Tunes, Anne Krentz Organ, AF (M)
  • “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” ABERYSTWYTH, I Love to Tell the Story: Hymn Settings for Solo Piano, Marianne Kim, HOPE (ME)
  • “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” LONESOME VALLEY, Morning Has Broken: 11 Hymn Settings for Piano, David Gale, MSM (MA)
  • “Lord, Who the Night You Were Betrayed,” SONG 1, Hymn Tune Masters for Piano, Matthew Machemer, CON (M)
  • “My Song Is Love Unknown,” LOVE UNKNOWN, My Savior’s Love: Three Quiet Pieces for Piano, Benjamin M. Culli, CON (MA)
  • “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” HERZLICH TUT MICH VERLANGEN, Abide with Us: Easy Hymn-Based Piano Expressions about the Life and Love of Jesus, Sandra Eithun, CON (E)
  • “Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus,” EBENEZER, All Things New: Distinctive Piano Literature on Beloved Hymnody & Song, Wayne Oquin, CON (A)
  • “What Wondrous Love Is This,” WONDROUS LOVE, 60 Easy Hymn Settings for Piano, Joel Raney, HOPE (E)

Vocal Solos for Lent and Holy Week

  • “The Beatitudes,” First Book of Soprano Solos, Alfred Hay Malotte, HAL (M)
  • “Thee Will I Love,” Sacred Solos of Craig Courtney, Craig Courtney, BP (M)
  • “Incline Thine Ear,” First Book of Tenor Solos, Part II, Ernest Charles, HAL (M)
  • “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” arr. Edward Boatner, ECS (M)
  • “Ride On, King Jesus,” arr. Hal Johnson, CF (A)
  • “Pie Jesu,” Lili Boulanger, multiple editions (A)
  • “Were You There,” The Deep River Collection, arr. Moses Hogan, HAL (M)