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Forty Music Selections for Lent

from Thomas Pavlechko, Organist & Director of Music


This Is My Beloved Son

Over the past six months, we have heard a voice coming from heaven in the Gospel of Luke on August 6, Transfiguration Sunday; the Gospel of Mark on both the First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord, and the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, The Transfiguration:


“This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”

“This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”


On the First Sunday in Lent, we heard this passage for the fourth time, in the Gospel according to Mark. This passage, however, is now followed by the verse: And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness..


You may have noticed that our choir sang a very brief anthem, This Is My Beloved Son, by the Norwegian composer, Knut Nystedt, at the end of communion on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, quoting this Gospel verse. They sang the same setting on the First Sunday in Lent, giving you a new perspective to what followed that voice from heaven: Jesus’ forty-day walk in the wilderness.


On the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Hebrews quotes another: “You are my Son, today I have begotten you.”

Jesus will have much to say to us during our forty-day Lenten journey ...


... Listen to Him


Specific Lenten Scriptures Quoted in Choral Anthems

  • Ash Wednesday & Lent 5, Psalm 51:

    • Create in Me a Clean Heart O God, Johannes Brahms

  • Lent 1, Psalm 25, The Gospel of Mark:

    • To You O Lord, I Lift Up My Soul, Thomas Pavlechko This Is My Beloved Son, Knut Nystedt

  • Lent 4, The Gospel of John

    • God So Loved the World, John Goss

  • Lent 5, Hebrews


Hymns for Lent

S-67 The Great Litany

142 Lord, who throughout these forty days

143 The glory of these forty days

147 Now let us all with one accord

149 Eternal Lord of love, behold your church

150 Forty days and forty nights

301 Bread of the world, in mercy broken

313 Let thy blood in mercy poured

337 And now, O Father, mindful of the love

360 Only begotten, Word of God eternal

401 The God of Abraham praise

439 What wondrous love is this

441 In the cross of Christ I glory

455 O Love of God, how strong and true

473 Lift high the cross

474 When I survey the wondrous cross

495 Hail, thou once despised Jesus!

498 Beneath the cross of Jesus

598 Lord Christ, when first thou cam’st to earth

603 When Christ was lifted from the earth

653 Dear Lord and Father of mankind

654 Day by day

665 All my hope on God is founded

671 Amazing grace! how sweet the sound

675 Take up your cross, the Savior said

688 A mighty fortress is our God

691 My faith looks up to thee

693 Just as I am, without one plea


Additional Choral Anthems Enhancing & Interpreting Lent & Holy Week Scriptures

Jesus, So Lowly, Harold Friedell

O Lord, Your Loving Angel Send, Johann S. Bach

Faithful Cross, Thomas Pavlechko

O Savior of the World, John Goss

Let the Same Mind Be in You, Thomas Pavlechko

Ave Verum Corpus, Edward Elgar

Ave Verum Corpus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart



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