The Season of Lent – Music – 58.1

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 to use congregational responses unique to the season and to repeat liturgical 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

  • “Fe y Esperanza,” Melinda Ramseth Hoiland, arr. Anne Krentz Organ, CGA, uni/2 pt, pno, opt perc, opt fl (ME)

  • “Grant, O God, Your Blessing,” Seven Songs for the Church Year, Michael Bedford, CGA, uni, keybd, opt hb/hc (E)

  • “God Will Provide,” Mark Patterson, CGA, uni/2 pt, pno (ME)

  • “Hear Our Prayer, A Trilogy for Lent,” Mark Patterson, CGA, uni, 2 pt, pno (ME)

  • “Hosanna! Hosanna!” Laura Farnell, Celebrating Grace Inc., uni, pno (E)

  • “Hosanna to the Son,” Jody Lindh, CGA, uni, pno, opt hb (M)

  • “I Will Give My Heart to the Lord,” from Young Children Sing, Mark Patterson, AF, uni, pno (E)

  • “Jesus to the Wilderness,” Singing the Seasons, Michael Bedford, CGA, uni, keybd, opt hb (E)

  • “Let All the Gates Be Opened Wide,” J. Brahms, arr. Hal H. Hopson, CGA, uni, opt 2 pt, pno (ME)

  • “Lord, We Are Your People,” Mark Patterson, CGA, uni or 2 pt, opt 2-oct hb, pno (M)

  • “Prayer,” Natalie Sleeth, ed. Katie Houts, CGA, uni/2 pt, pno, opt C inst (ME)

  • “The Prayer of St. Patrick,” William M. Schoenfeld, CGA, uni, pno (E)

  • “The Words of My Mouth,” Ruth Elaine Schram, Growing in Grace, uni, opt 2 pt, keybd (ME)

      Anthems for Youth Choirs in Lent and Holy Week

      • “A Hosanna Processional,” arr. Stacey Nordmeyer, SHAW, 2 pt mx, pno, opt hb and perc (E)

      • “Kyrie Eleison,” Brian Childers, HAL, SATB, pno (MA)

      • “Change My Heart, O God,” CHANGE MY HEART, GTG 695 (ME)

      • “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” arr. Douglas Wagner, JM, SAB, pno (M)

      • “Lamb of God,” arr. Lloyd Larson, HOPE, SAB, pno (MA)

      • “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” David M. Cherwein, MSM, 2 pt, pno (M)

      • “Guide Us, Lord,” Mark Patterson, CGA, SATB, pno, opt viola (M)

      • “What Wondrous, Marvelous Love,” Mary Ann Cooper, SHAW, pno (M)

      • “Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days,” Tony Alonso, GIA, SAB, pno, opt gtr, fl, ob (ME)

      • “Were You There,” John Leavitt, BFP, SAB, pno (M)

      • “Pieta,” Joseph Martin, SHAW, SATB, pno, opt fl (MA)

      • “Wondrous Love,” Wes Cameron, HOPE, SAB, pno (M)

          Handbell Music for the Season of Lent and Holy Week

          • “Jesus, We Want to Meet,” Charles E. Peery, 3–5 oct, opt perc, AGEHR, AG35064, Level 3+

          • “I Want to Walk as a Child of Light,” arr. John Behnke, 3–5 oct, CON, 976611, Level 2

          • “Psalm 51,” arr. Lee Afdahl, 3–5 oct, opt marimba, AF, AU800675061, Level 4

          • “This Is My Father’s World,” arr. D. Linda McKechnie, 3–5 oct, SHAW, HP5165, Level 3+

          • “Be Still, My Soul,” arr. Lloyd Larson, 3–5 oct, BP, HB514, Level 3

          • “God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens,” arr. Cathy Moklebust, 3–5 oct, CGA, CGB452, Level 2+

          • “What Wondrous Love Is This,” arr. Brenda Austin, 3–5 oct, opt hc, Agape, 2872, Level 2+

          • “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” arr. Cathy Moklebust, 2–5 oct, CGA, CGB1139, Level 2

              Vocal Solos for the Season of Lent and Holy Week

              • “Steal Away,” The Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh, Harry Burleigh, ALF (M)

              • “Beautiful Things,” Michael and Lisa Gungor, (ME)

              • “There Are Angels Hov’rin’ ’Roun’,” O Redeemed, Uzee Brown Jr., LOR (MA)

              • “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” Still All My Song Shall Be, Tom Trenney, MSM (ME)

              • “Amazing Grace,” Songs for the Journey, Craig Courtney, BP (M)

              • “Be Thou My Vision,” Oxford Solo Songs (Sacred), Bob Chilcott, OUP (ME)

              • “Panis Angelicus,” César Franck, HAL (M)

              • “Above All,” Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche, (ME)

              • “Ubi Caritas,” Sacred Songs, vol. 2, Gwyneth Walker, ECS (M)

              • “Love Bade Me Welcome,” Five Mystical Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams, GMC, baritone (MA)

              • “Calvary,” Art Songs and Spirituals by African American Women Composers, Betty Jackson King, Hildegard Publishing (MA)

              • “Were You There,” The Deep River Collection, Moses Hogan, HAL (M)

              • “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth,” Messiah, G. F. Handel, various, soprano (MA)