Seen through the eyes of those preparing for initiation, today's texts encourage fidelity to God. There will be many temptations to move back from the final step of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, but the elect need to remember the call to hear God's Word and adore only the God revealed to us in Jesus Christ.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7. This reading has connections to the second reading as well as the Gospel. The story is taken from the second account of creation in Genesis (the first account, Genesis 1:1–2:2, is read at the Easter Vigil.) Tempted by the devil, the very first humans reveal a pattern that is repeated in every generation: We sin.


Psalm of the Day: Ps (50) 51

See suggestions for Ash Wednesday and . . .


Be Merciful, O Lord (Bedford) PMB 580

Be Merciful, O Lord (Guimont) GC 928

Be Merciful, O Lord (Hunstiger) SS 510

Be Merciful, O Lord (Schiavone) JS 903


Romans 5:12-19. Reflecting on what seems to be an almost ingrained pattern in human existence, Paul uses fairly convoluted arguments to show how what happened in Jesus is much more than what happened in Adam and Eve. Not only did Christ overcome the effects of sin in the world, the grace of God went further. We are not merely restored to the state of humanity before sin; we have been elevated to reign with Christ.


Matthew 4:1-11. The story of Jesus' temptation is intended in Matthew's version to show that he not only resists sin, where Adam and Eve did not resist, he resists three times, where they fell after Satan's first attempt.


Songs for the Liturgy

Again We Keep This Solemn Fast (1,G) BB-MI 131/ CBW 352/ GC 382/GC2 407 /G3 487/GP3 266/JS 394/JS3 353/OFUV 426/OIF 419/ PMB 233/RS 559 /SS 713/WC 560/WS 474/WOR 420/WOR4 474

Attende Domine (1,Ps,Lat‑Eng) BB-MI 118/ FYC3 315/GC 387/JS 378/JS3 346 /OIF 418/PMB 239/RS 552/SS 708/SPS 156/WC 557/WS 465/WOR 414 /WOR4 473

*Be with Me, Lord (G) BB-MI 779/ CBW 357/ FYC3 200/GC 85 /GC2  50/G3 65/GP 229,230/GP3 170 /JS 67,68,69/JS3 70 /LMGM 509,510/ OFUV 205/OIF 270/PMB 158/RS 123/SS 573 /SPS/WC 455,456/WS 364/WOR4 68

Before the Fruit Is Ripened by the Sun WOR 418/WOR4 468

*Beyond the Days (G) BB-MI 125/GP3 268/JS 384/JS3 360/SPS

*Blest Be the Lord (G)  BB-MI 429/GC 617/GC2 /G3 686/GP 599/GP3 605/JS 708/JS3 677/ OFUV 640  

Bread of Life -- Farrell (G) BB-MI 319/ CBW 597 /GP3 482/JS 819 /JS3 788/OFUV 814 /SPS

Eternal Lord of Love (1)  CBW 360/GC 385/JS 390/RS 554

Forty Days (Maher) SPS 155

*Forty Days and Forty Nights (G) BB-MI 134/GC 384/GC2 411/G3 483/GP3 263/JS 380 /JS3 350/LMGM 42 /LMGM2 288/ OFUV 417/OIF 421/ PMB 232/RS /SS 714/SPS/WC 555/WS 457/WOR 419/WOR4 466

From Ashes to the Living Font  G3 474/OIF 427/ PMB 236/RS 561/SS 727/WC 558/WS 466/WOR4 463

God of Abraham (G) GP 450/GC 391

God Will Take Care of You (G) LMGM 183/LMGM2 409

Guide My Feet (G,C) GC 707/GC2 684/G3 780/LMGM2 537

*Have Mercy, Lord, on Us (Ps) CBW 358/JS3 /OIF 577/ PMB 328/WC 706/WS 590 WOR 753/WOR4 966

Hold Me In Life (G) GC 599/GC2 /G3/GP 596 /GP3 595/JS 702/JS3

Hold Us in Your Mercy (Ps) GC 398/GC2 398/G3 494 /GP 350 /LMGM 291/LMGM2 291

I Will Be Your God (1) JS 383/OIF 581

I Will Choose Christ (G) BB-MI 509/ GC /GC2  683/G3 802 /GP 459/GP3 574/JS 775 JS3 736/SPS 220

Jesus, Lead the Way (G)  GC 642/G3 732/RS 755/SPS/WOR 611/WOR4 715

Jesus, Tempted in the Desert (G) LMGM2 290/RS 548/WOR4 549

Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley (G)  GC 393/GC2 406 /JS3 356 /PMB 242/RS 557/WC 566/WS 475/WOR 427

Journeysong (G) GP 581/JS 759

Lead Me, Guide Me (E) BB-MI 361/ GC 574 /GC2 555/G3 656/JS3 654/LMGM 168/LMGM2 538/OIF 704/ PMB 397/RS 712/SS 334/SPS/WC 81/WS 650/WOR4

*Led by the Spirit (1) BB-MI 122 / GP3 272/JS3 /OFUV 423

*Lord Jesus Christ (Ps)  GC 409/G3 477/ OFUV 783 /WOR4 587

*Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days (G) BB-MI 136/ CBW 367/ GC 392/GC2  416/G3 479/GP 348/GP3 277/JS 391/JS3 352 /LMGM 40/LMGM2 285 OFUV 415/RS 553/SS 720 /SPS/WOR 417 /WOR4 657

*Mercy, O God (1,Ps,2) GC 417/G3 480/SS 712

*My Refuge (G)  GP 231 / RS 122

*Not by Bread Alone (G) GC 517

Not on Bread Alone are We Nourished   SS 372

Now in This Banquet (Lenten refrain)  GC 833/GC2 825/RS 933

O Christ, Bright Sun of Justice (G) JS 389

O for a Heart to Praise My God (Ps,2) WOR 591

O Merciful Redeemer (Ps) CBW 369

*On Eagle's Wings (G,C) BB-MI 435/ GC 611/GC2 593/G3 691/GP 598/GP3 606/JS 704/JS3 671/LMGM2 585/ OFUV 630/OIF 789/PMB 453/RS 740/SS 850/SPS 333/WC 889/WS 720

*Parce Domine (1, Lat‑Eng) BB-MI 123/ GC 383 /GC2  412/G3 473/JS 376 /JS3 344 OFUV 427/OIF 422/ PMB 228/RS 549/SS 725/WC 562 /WS 458/WOR 416 WOR4 469

Praise to You, O Christ Our Savior (G) BB-MI 589/ CBW 442/ GC 515/GC2 517/G3 596 /GP 662/GP3 691/JS 674/JS3 643/OFUV 651/RS 652/WOR4 690

Remember Your Love - Dameans (1,Ps) BB-MI 660/ GC 881/GC2 851/G3 961/GP 474/GP3 417 /JS 516/JS3 533 /OFUV 317/ RS 550

Remember Your Mercy, Lord (1,Ps)  GC 885 /GC2 /GP 476

*Return to the Lord (1)  GC 415 /GC2 /GP  472/GP3 412

Save Your People (1,Ps) BB-MI 129/ G3 471/GP 341/GP3 276/JS3 364/OFUV 429 

Seek the Lord (Ps) BB-MI 658/ GC 395/GP 351/GP3 279/JS 558/JS3 531/OFUV 315/RS 540 /SPS

*The Glory of These Forty Days (G) BB-MI 120/ CBW 481/ GC 388/GC2 397/G3 658/GP 343/GP3 273/JS 379/JS3 347/LMGM 32/LMGM2 284 / OFUV 424/OIF 429/ PMB 237/RS 545/SS 716/WC 567/WS 471/ WOR 422/WOR4 467/

The Lord Is Near (G)  GC 609/GC2 599/G3 692 /GP 606 /JS 719/JS3 114

*These Forty Days of Lent (G) OIF 432/ PMB 240/WC 571   

*This Is Our Accepted Time (2)   PMB 231/WC 565

This Season Calls Us (1,2) JS 382/JS3 348

*Turn to the Living God (Ps) GC2 408

Thy Way, O Lord (G) LMGM 39

Tree of Life (G)  CBW 373/ GC 397/GC2 401/G3 475/OIF 434/RS 541/SS 719/WC 578/WS 480

Turn to Me (1) BB-MI 659/GP 342/GP3 280/JS 377 /JS3 345/OFUV 314/ SS 451

We Will Serve the Lord (G) GC 665, 869/GC2 652/G3 753

Without Seeing You (1,G)  GC 844/GC2 842

*Yes, I Shall Arise -- Deiss (Ps)  GP3 444/JS3 562 / OFUV 308/OIF 584/ PMB 325/WS 589/WOR4 964

You Shall Be My People (1,Ps)  OIF 666/WC 784


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
Adam Lay YBounden (SATB)
Adam Lay YBounden (SATB)
Adam Lay YBounden (SATB)
Adam Lay YBounden (SATB)
Adam Lay YBounden (SATB)
Bossey & Hawkes OCTB6527
Roger Dean/Lorenz 10/2497R
Walton Music WW1356
Novello 29 0172
Attende Domine (SAB)
Attende Domine (SATB)
Aureole Editions/MSM AE61
CanticaNova 5004

Begone, Satan! (Unison)

Bender, Jan

Concordia (98.1848)


Be Merciful, O God (SAB) Ferris Paraclete PPM09814 PS

Be Merciful, O Lord (SAB)

Hirten, John Karl

GIA (G-3318)


Be Merciful to Me (SATB)

Schütz, Heinrich

GIA (G-1912)


Call to Rememberance (SATB, TTBB)

Farrant, Richard/ed. Shaw,Martin)

GIA, H.W. Gray, CPDL


Cast Me Not Away (SATB)
Cast Me Not Away from Thy Presence (SSAATTB)

Wesley, Samuel

Paraclete 0708
Novello (29.0127.07)


Come to Me, All Pilgrims Thirsty Highben Augsburg  
Commitment (SATB) Pfautsch Augsburg 11-1596* PS

Create in me, O God (SATB)

Brahms, Johannes

G. Schirmer (7504)


Create in Me a Clean Heart (2-part)
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God (SATB)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SAB)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SATB)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SATB)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SATB)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SATB)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SATB)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SATB)

Bouman, Paul
Mueller, Carl
Muskrat, Bruce

Concordia (98-1143)
G. Schirmer (8682)
Concordia (98-2719)
Belwin Mills
Paraclete 0006
Roger Dean/Lorenz 10/2207R
Kjos 8808
St. James Press


Deo Gracias - Ceremony of Carols SSAA & SATB Britten Boosey & Hawkes 1
Forty Days (SSAATTBB) Brubeck Shawnee Press a996 G
Give Almes of Thy Goods Tye, C. CPDL G

Give Us Lord, A New Heart

Farrell, Bernadette

OCP (7104)


Have Mercy on Me, O God (SATB)
Have Mercy on Me

Tomkins, Thomas

Augsburg ED003877
GIA (G-1899)


Holy Gifts (SATB)

Owens, Sam Batt

GIA (G-2511)


How Lovely are Thy Messengers (SATB)

Mendelssohn, Felix

G. Schirmer (3741)


In Adam We Have All Been One (SAB)

Kalbfleisch, Rodger

Concordia (98.2536) *


Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (SATB)
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (SATB)
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (Unison)
Mayhew Brodt
Concordia 98-3362
E.C. Schirmer 4446
Jesus Lead the Way (SATB) Proulx GIA G-5370 G
Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley (SSAATTBB) Ferguson GIA G-3279 G

Keep Me Faithfully in Thy Paths (SB)

Handel, G.F./arr. Proulx, R

GIA (G-2355)


Lenten Anthem (2 pt) Benger Robertson Publications 1,PS
Lenten Meditation (SATB) Kirk Alliance Music Publications AMP 0005 * G
Lenten Prayer, A (Unison) Powell Choristers Guild/Lorenz G
Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies Sake (SAB) White Selah 420-239 PS
Lord, Who thoughtout These Forty Days (2 pt) Meyer St. James Press G

Man Shall Not Live by Bread Alone (Unison)

Moser, Rudolf

Concordia (CH-1082) *


Miserere Mei

Byrd, William

Oxford (TCM 26), CPDL


Miserere Mei (SATB)

Lotti, Antonio

Boosey & Hawkes (1938) , CPDL


Miserere Mei (SATB)
Miserere Mei

di Lasso, Orlando
di Lasso, Orlando

GIA (G-3007)


Miserere Mei (STTTB)

des Pres, Josquin

Merseburger (EM 55)



Allegri, Gregorio

Novello (29 0291)


Nolo Mortem Peccatoris (SATB)

Morley, Thomas

Oxford (TCM-13)


Now Let Us All With One Accord (SATB) Clarke St. James Press G
O God, Have Mercy (SATB) Pfautsch Hinshaw HMC-1875 PS
Parce Domine (SATB) Nowowiejski Plymouth Music Co. 3920105 PS
Psalm 51 - Have Mercy on Me, O God (2 Lenten Anthems) SATB White R. Egan PS
Ransom of a Soul, The DAW ECS  
Remember, O Thou Man (SATB) Ravenscroft CPDL (ed. Douglas Brooks Davies) Vs. 1-3 1
Restore My Soul (SATB) Powell St. James Press PS
Scapulis Suis - Contemporary Latin Motets (SATB) Summy Birchard O, PS

The Temptation of Christ (SATB)

Pfautsch, Lloyd

Abingdon (APM-142)


This Is the Fasting I Ask

Connolly, Michael

GIA (G-2720)


Thou Knowest, O Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts

Purcell, Henry


Tree There Grow, A (SATB) Fedak Morning Star MSM 50-3014 1

Turn Thy Face From My Sins (SATB)

Atwood, Thomas

Hinshaw (RSCM-503), CPDL, RSCM/GIA G-RCL26


Wash Me Thoroughly

Handel/Proulx R. arr.



Wash Me Thoroughly (SATB)

Wesley, S.S.

Novello (29 0111 00)


Within the Vale of Eden (SATB) Clemens WLP 008715 1

* out of print