Hymns for 5th Sunday in Lent

5th Sunday in Lent: Well known Passiontide/ Lenten hymns :

O Sacred Head Sore Wounded ( or if you are a ‘Hymns Ancient & Modern’ type person “O Sacred Head Surrounded.)

When I survey the Wondrous Cross

(Did you know this was the first known hymn in the English Language that used the personal pronoun ‘l”?)

From the depths of Sin and Sadness

At the cross her station keeping (Stabat Mater)

Praise the Lord ye heavens adore him

God of Mercy and Compassion

Awake awake and fling off the night

Bless the Lord my Soul (Taize)

Lead us Heavenly Father Lead us

Attende Domine

Vexilla Regis


Hymns few in our congregation would  know:

Sing my tongue the glorious battle

All ye who seek for sure relief

In the Lord’s atoning grief

The Royal Banners Forward Go

Hymns we are not singing:

I am the bread of life

Unless a grain of wheat

Freely freely

Abba Father

Grant to us O Lord = Lucien Deiss

Forty Days and Forty Nights



O Crux Spes Unica – Victoria

Stabat Mater – Numerous composers

Crucifixius – Numerous composers

Salvador Mundi – Tallis

Confitebor Tibi – Palestrina

Hide not thou thy face – Farrant

Drop drop slow tears – Orlando Gibbons

Adoramus Te Christe – Numerous Composers


2 thoughts on “Hymns for 5th Sunday in Lent

  1. Ben Whitworth says:

    You know, I thought I’d be on safe ground with ‘The Royal banners forward go’ to Gonfalon Royal. No-one knew the tune! Most embarrassing. I shall try it to Winchester New next Sunday.
    Thanks for posting these hymn listings, I enjoy them.

  2. Clare says:

    Thanks Ben

    It’s so awful when no one joins in. I’ve been there too many times, hence the hymn lists.

    I have found in our parish that the congregation will only sing a tune they know to the words they know. We could sing ‘The Royal Banners’ to the Parish favourite, ”Soul of my Saviour’ and no one would join in.

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