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First Sunday in Lent (EF)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Again We Keep This Solemn Fast (WIII #420, HH #78, LCH #46)
  • Father of Mercy, God of Consolation (HPSC #155, ICEL #333, CH #409, CHB #216, EH #238)
  • Forty Days and Forty Nights (AH #362, CH #242, HH #73, ICEL #43, WIII #419, CHB #50, SMH #526, EH #55, VII #241, LCH #40)
  • God of All Mercy (HPSC #168)
  • Hear Our Entreaties, Lord (AH #366, CH #238, ICEL #254, PMB #48, WIII #414, CHB #293)
  • Lord Jesus, As We Turn from Sin (HPSC #213, HH #63, CH #241, SMH #620)
  • Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days (WIII #417, ICEL #47, HH #65, AH #360, CHB #54, HPSC #212, SMH #625, EH #59, VII #240, LCH #43)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #635, LCH #47)
  • O Lord, Incline Thine Ear / Attende Domine (HPSC #250)
  • Sole Hope of All the World (CH #247)
  • These Forty Days of Lent (PMB #45)
  • With All My Powers of Heart and Tongue (HPSC #352)
  • Within the Shelter of the Lord (HPSC #353)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship II / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CD = Cantate Domino / Hymnal Supplement, GIA Publications, Inc.
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal, The Liturgical Press
CHB = The Catholic Hymn Book [London Oratory], Gracewing Publishers
EH = The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal), used by many Anglican Use Roman Catholic parishes
HH = Hymnal of the Hours, GIA Publications, Inc.
HPSC = Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles, out of print but excellent
ICEL = ICEL Resource Collection, GIA Publications, Inc.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SEC = Saint Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 4th Edition 2011, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • A Lenten Meditation (Gardner)
  • Ah Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • Ah Holy Jesus (William Matthis)
  • Attende Domine from Chant Booklet, Volume 2 (ed. Chris Bord)
  • Attende Domine (Matthew Koraus)
  • Ave Regina coelorum (Gregorian chant) Proper Marian antiphon for Lent [Liber usualis, p.278]
  • Ave Regina cælorum (Calvert Shenk)
  • Blest Are They (Handel / Hopson)
  • Create in Me, O Lord (Johannes Brahms) [G. Schirmer]
  • De profundis (W.A. Mozart)
  • Have Mercy upon Me (Thomas Tomkins)
  • He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over Thee (C.S. Lang) [Novello]
  • Hear Me, O Lord (Heinrich Schütz)
  • Hear, O Lord from Christus (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • If Thou Shalt Confess with Thy Mouth (C.V. Stanfod) [Novello]
  • In Thee, O Lord (F.J. Haydn)
  • Invocabit me (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Lent I [Liber usualis, p.532]
  • Lamb of God (arr. Marie Pooler)
  • Libera nos, Domine (Jacques Berthier) from Music from Taizé
  • Lord, O Lord, Have Mercy (Orlando di Lasso) [Augsburg]
  • Miserere mei Deus (Gregorio Allegri, Josquin des Prez, William Byrd)
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • O Crux ave (Rev. David Friel)
  • O My God, Bestow Thy Tender Mercy (Pergolesi/Hopson)
  • O My People (Colin Brumby)
  • Preserve Me, O God (Paul Manz) [Augsburg]
  • Therefore We before Him Bending (James Morrison)
  • When through the Garden Mary Went (C.V. Stanford)

Organ Music

According to De musica sacra et sacra liturgia – Instruction on Sacred Music and Sacred Liturgy (September 3, 1958) —

The playing of the organ, and all other instruments is forbidden [at Liturgies] during the following times:

Lent and Passiontide, from Ash Wednesday until the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo in the Solemn Mass of the Easter Vigil

However, the following exceptions to the rule may be made:

a) the organ may be played, and other instruments used, on holy days of obligation
b) the organ may be used on the fourth Sunday of Lent, on Thursday of Holy Week during the Mass of Chrism, and during the solemn evening Mass of the Last Supper from the beginning to the end of the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo

Throughout the Sacred Triduum, from the midnight before Holy Thursday until the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo of the Solemn Mass of the Easter Vigil, the organ shall remain completely silent, excepting the instance mentioned in paragraph 83b.

Psalm numbering is according to the Latin Vulgate Bible.

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