The Season of Lent – Music – 57.1

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:


  • As the Deer GTG 626
  • Change My Heart, O God GTG 695
  • Come, Bring Your Burdens to God GTG 851
  • Everyone Who Longs for the Boundless Love of God GTG 849
  • Examíname, oh Dios/Search and Know Me, O My God SSS 510
  • Forgive Us, Lord/Perdón, Señor GTG 431
  • God, Be Merciful to Me/Dios, ten compasión de mí (stanza 1) SSS 509
  • Here on Jesus Christ I Will Stand/Kwake Yesu Nasimama GTG 832
  • Hoy perdóname/Mercy, Lord, We Pray SSS 512
  • Jesus Knows the Inmost Heart GTG 427
  • Jesus, Savior, Lord, Now to You I Come/Saranam, saranam (refrain; stanzas varied) GTG 789
  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee (refrain; stanzas varied) GTG 835
  • My Soul Is at Rest GTG 843
  • Search Me, O God GTG 426
  • Yo tengo sed de Dios/My Soul Thirsts for God SSS 592


  • I Will Trust in the Lord AAHH 391
  • Mayenziwe AAHH 666
  • Peace of God Be with You GTG 448
  • Son of God, Whose Heart Is Peace (stanza 1) GTG 425

Prayer for Illumination

  • Over My Head AAHH 169
  • Prepare Our Hearts, O God/Prepáranos, Señor SSS 560
  • Thy Word Is a Lamp unto My Feet GTG 458
  • To the Hills I Lift My Eyes GTG 845
  • To You, O Lord/A ti, Señor SSS 575

Prayers of the People

  • Come by Here, My Lord AAHH 438
  • Fix Me, Jesus AAHH 436
  • I Love the Lord, Who Heard My Cry GTG 799; AAHH 395
  • In Silence My Soul Thirsts GTG 790
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying GTG 469; SSS 577
  • Shepherd Me, O God GTG 473
  • We’ve Come This Far by Faith AAHH 412; GTG 656

Anthems for Children’s Choirs in Lent and Holy Week

  • “A Lenten Love Song,” Helen Kemp, CGA, uni, pno (E)
  • “Bring Palm Branches,” Cindy Berry, CGA, uni/ 2 pt, pno (E)
  • “Gloria ad modum tubae,” ed. William Tortolano, GIA, 2 pt, org or 2 tpt (A)
  • “Guide Us, Lord,” Mark Patterson, CGA, uni/ 2 pt, pno, opt viola (M)
  • “Hosanna to the Lord,” Becki Slagle Mayo, CGA, uni/ 2 pt, pno, opt hb (ME)
  • “Lamb of God,” from A Mass for Treble Voices, Allen Pote, CGA, 2 pt, pno (MA)
  • “Lift Up Your Heads,” Jody W. Lindh, CGA, uni/ 2 pt, pno, opt perc (E)
  • “Lo, He Comes,” John D. Horman, CGA, uni, pno (E)
  • “Look Who’s Coming!” Michael Bedford, CGA, uni, pno or org, opt tpt (ME)
  • “My Song Is Love Unknown,” Carolyn Jennings, CGA, uni, pno (ME)
  • “Pie Jesu,” Tom Shelton, HIN, uni, pno, ob (M)
  • “What Wondrous Love Is This,” Trevor Manor, CGA, uni/ 2 pt, pno, opt vln (ME)

    Anthems for Youth Choirs in Lent and Holy Week

      • “What Does the Lord Require?” Mark Burrows, CGA, 2 pt, pno (E)
      • “Wait for the Lord,” WAIT FOR THE LORD, GTG 90 (E)
      • “You Are My All in All/Fairest Lord Jesus,” Larry Shackley, HOPE, SAB, pno (ME)
      • “Change My Heart, O God,” CHANGE MY HEART, GTG 695 (ME)
      • “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” David M. Cherwien, MSM, 2 pt, pno (M)
      • “What Wondrous Love Is This?” Tim Sharp, FB, SAB, pno (M)
      • “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” Robert Lau, HIN, SAB, keybd (M)
      • “O Lord, Hear My Prayer,” HEAR MY PRAYER, GTG 471 (M)
      • “Were You There?” John Leavitt, BFP, SATB, pno (M)

      Piano Music for the Season of Lent and Holy Week

        • “Ah, Holy Jesus!” HERZLIEBSTER JESU, He Leadeth Me, Gilbert M. Martin, LOR (MA)
        • “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” ST. THEODULPH, Palms and Passion Suite, Mark Hayes, LOR (A)
        • “The God of Abraham Praise,” LEONI, Hymn Tunes A to Z, Lyndell Leatherman, LOR (MA)
        • “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” REDHEAD 76, Sunday Morning Holiday Companion, Victor Labenske, ALF (M)
        • “God So Loved the World,” STAINER, Symphonic Hymns for Piano, Phillip Keveren, HAL (M)
        • “I Surrender All,” SURRENDER, Devotion and Reflection, Heather Sorenson, LOR (MA)
        • “Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer / Nearer, My God, to Thee,” Medleys for Blended Worship: Complete Collection, Carol Tornquist, ALF (MA)
        • “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” ABERYSTWYTH, I Have Heard You Calling in the Night, Don Wyrtzen, HOPE (M)
        • “Lift High the Cross,” CRUCIFER, Reflections for Worship 2, Mark Hayes, HOPE (A)
        • “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” PASSION CHORALE, Seasonal Sunday Solos for Piano, Hans Leo Hassler, HAL (M)
        • “Via Dolorosa,” Sunday Solos for Piano, HAL (MA)
        • “What Wondrous Love Is This,” WONDROUS LOVE, Impressions of Grace, David Angerman, SHAW (MA)

        Vocal Solos for the Season of Lent and Holy Week

        • “I Wonder as I Wander,”, John Jacob Niles (ME)
        • “En Priere,” Gabriel Fauré: 50 Songs, Gabriel Fauré, HAL (MA)
        • “The Crucifixion,” Hermit Songs, op. 24, Samuel Barber, GSH (MA)
        • “Ingemiso,” Requiem, Andrew Lloyd Webber, HAL, tenor (A)
        • “Lamb of God,” GTG 518, Twila Paris (E)
        • “Pie Jesu,” Oxford Solo Songs Sacred, John Rutter, OUP, sop (A)
        • “Agnus Dei,” Mass in C Major K. 317 (Coronation), W. A. Mozart, BV, sop (MA)
        • “Amplius lava me,” Sacred Songs for the Soloist, J. C. F. Bach, BH (M)
        • “From Depths of Woe,” New Songs of Gladness: Vocal Solos for Worship, John Dowland, AF (M)
        • “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” The Story of the Spirituals, Edward Boatner, BMP (M)
        • “Oh, Didn’t It Rain,” The Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh, H. T. Burleigh, BMP (M)
        • “Gethsemane,” Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber, HAL, tenor (A)

        Nicole Salimbene
        we are water
        Dimensions: Table/Bridge: 191″ L x 36″ W x 34″ H
        Canoe: 192″ L x 24″ W x 2″ H

        Materials: photo negatives, thread, wood, LED lighting, test tubes, wood, receipts, wire, waxed linen thread, chairs, water collected from the Purgatoire River, Niagara River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Platte River, Susquehanna River, Genesee River, Sligo Creek, Rock Creek, Anacostia River, Potomac River, Shenandoah River, Patuxent River, St. Mary’s River, Choptank River, Monocacy River, Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and Colorado River

        we are water invites you to sit at the table/bridge to reflect on your relationship with water. What are the personal, political, historical, and sacred relationships you hold with water? In the slow stillness of contemplation, what surfaces and integrates? Since 2014 I have been creating interactive installations that focus on cultivating an empathic relationship with water by inviting people to witness and/or participate in contemplative practice.

        I constructed this installation out of parts of previous sculptures, which I disassembled and reimagined here. It was an exercise in nonattachment to let go of existing work, allowing it to flow into its present form. The test tubes which line the table/bridge hold water collected from creeks, rivers, lakes, and an ocean.

        Nicole Salimbene