Hymns for ‘Laetare’ Fourth Sunday in Lent


Q. Why is the 4th Sunday in Lent called ‘Laetare’?

A. Because the Introit begins ‘Laetare Jerusalem!’

Q.  What does ‘Laetare’ mean?

A  ‘Rejoice.’

Q. Why is the priest wearing pink-coloured vestments?

A. They’re not pink they’re rose-coloured. We only see these vestments on Laetare and Gaudete (3rd Sunday in Advent) – another reason to celebrate.

It’s the only Sunday in Lent that the organ can be loud,  so this week really ‘pull out all the stops…!’


Hymns everyone will know:


The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Be thou my Vision

The Lord’s My Shepherd

Amazing Grace

Attende Domine

Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us

Praise to the holiest in the height

Christ is the world’s light

Lead Kindly Light  (Queen Victoria’s fav!)   JB Dyke or CH Purday

O Christe Domine Jesu (Taize)

Immortal Invisible


How about a Marian Hymn for the end of mass?  It is Mothering Sunday after all…


Holy Virgin by God’s Decree

Ave Maria, O  Maiden, O Mother


Trickier hymns:


My Song is Love Unknown

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Out of Darkness – Christopher Walker

Lord who throughout these forty days

Thou whose almighty Word

Awake, awake fling off the night


Hymns we will not be singing but you can if you want:


Colours of Day

Be light for our eyes (David Haas)

God has chosen me (Bernadette Farrell)

Gather us in – Marty Haugen

Shine Jesus Shine


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