'FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT B  Lectionary #35

See also Fifth Sunday of Lent A, Lectionary #34, especially in parishes with catechumens going through purification

The new covenant promised by the prophets is fulfilled in the bountiful harvest following on the death of Jesus, just one “grain of wheat,” who is the source of salvation for all who hear.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Jeremiah 31:31-34. This is the only place in the Hebrew Bible where the phrase “new covenant” occurs. It is “new” because it will be written on human hearts.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (50) 51
The Miserere, best-known of the traditional penitential psalms, is an individual lament attributed in the Psalter to David as his song of repentance after his adultery with Bathsheba.

A Pure Heart Create for Me (Richard/Black)  CBW 57                                                            
Create a Clean Heart (Alstott)   BB
Create a Clean Heart (Burns)   PMB 593/PRM B24/WS
Create a Clean Heart (Hunstiger)   SS
Create a Clean Heart (Pishner)   SS
Create a Clean Heart (Schiavone)   JS 916/LP 47
Create a Clean Heart (Schoen/Gelineau)  WOR 800/RS 82/LPGG 804
Create a Clean Heart (Sullivan)   WC 409                                                                                 
Create a Clean Heart (Willcock)   JS 46
Create in Me/Oh, Dios, Crea en Mí (Alonso)   GC2 38
Create in Me/Oh, Dios, Crea en Mí (Cortés)   JS 48
Create in Me (Guimont)    RS 84/GC2 929/LPMG 35
Create in Me (Haas)  PCY3 41/RS 85/GC 57/GC2 37
Create in Me (Hurd)  MI‑BB/JS 720/GP 209
Create in Me (Kendzia)   JS 47/MI-BB
Create in Me (Kogut) PCY10 24
Give Me a New Heart (Walker)  GP 210
Lord, Cleanse My Heart   PSL B-46/SS
Oh Dios, Crea in Mí/Create in Me (Cortés)  FYC 211

Suggested Common Psalm: Ps (50) 51

Be Merciful, O Lord, for We Have Sinned

Hebrews 5:7-9. This reading suggests that Jesus’ prayer to God was heard not because Jesus was the Son of God but because his prayer was wholeheartedly faithful. Because he gave himself completely to God, he became the “source of eternal salvation” for all who follow his way.

John 12:20-33. The Gospel of John describes Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection as the “hour” of his glorification. In this text, Jesus affirms that this “hour” has come after some “Greeks” (probably Greek-speaking Jews or converts to Judaism) ask to see him. His response to their request is the analogy of the grain of wheat. His acceptance of his “hour” leads to an act of divine theophany—God affirms Jesus’ decision.

Songs for the Liturgy

All You Who Are Thirsty (1,Ps)  GC 501/RS 644/GP 526
At the Name of Jesus (2)  WOR 499/CBW 428/MI‑BB/JS 400, 483/GP 424/WS
Attende Domine (1,Ps,Lat‑Eng)  WOR 414/WC 528/RS 552/GC 387/BB/WS/PMB 239/JS 378/SS
Before the Fruit Is Ripened by the Sun (G)  WOR 418/HG 147
Behold, before Our Wond’ring Eyes (2,G)   JS 381/BB
Change Our Hearts (1,Ps) GP 349/GC 394/GC2 414/MI-BB
Crux Fidelis (2,G)   PMB 247/WC 769/WS
*Deep Within (1)  RS 546/GC 399/GC2 419
Earthen Vessels (G)  GP 584/MI‑BB/CBW 445/JS 672
Embrace My Way and Cross (G)   GC2 698
Eternal Lord of Love (G)  RS 554/GC 385/CBW 360/JS 390
*Give Judgment, Lord, My Savior (E)   IH 19
Give Me a Clean Heart (1,Ps)  LMGM 279
Glory in the Cross (2,G)   JS 523/MI-BB
*Grant to Us, O Lord (1)   PMB 329/WC 683/RS 558/CBW 621/WS
Great God of Mercy (1,Ps)  WOR 746/CBW 361/JS 375
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (1)  LMGM 242
*Have Mercy, Lord, on Us (Ps)  WOR 753/CBW 358/PMB 328/WC 677/WS
I Will Be Your God (1)   JS 383
*Jesus, Bread of Life, v 3 (G)   PMB 295/WC 657/WS
Jesus, the Lord (2)   JS 484/GP 370/MI‑BB/RS 574/GC 418/GC2 403/CBW 432
Keep in Mind (2,G)   PMB 36/WC 816/MI‑BB/RS 940/GC 674/GC2 658/JS 589/GP 492/WS/SS
Lift High the Cross (2,G)  WOR 704/CBW 435/GP 444/PMB 393/WC 767/MI‑BB/RS 884/GC 791/GC2 785/JS 522/WS/SS
*My God, My Strength (E)   PSL B-45/SS
My Song Is Love Unknown (2)  WOR 439/JS 415/RS 572
Now We Remain (2,G)  WC 652/MI‑BB/RS 813/GC 694/GC2 696/WS/SS
O God, beyond All Praising (G)  WOR 541/JS 614/PMB 488/WC 910/MI-BB/SS
Only This I Want (G)  GP 575/CBW 516/JS 766/GC2 701/MI‑BB
Parce Domine (1,Ps,Lat‑Eng)  WOR 416/WC 536/BB/JS 376/GC 383/GC2 412/RS 549/WS/PMB 228/SS
Philippians Canticle (2,G)  WOR 92            
Priestly People, vss 1,6‑9 (2)   PMB 383/WC 761/WS
Remember Your Love – Dameans (1,Ps)  RS 550/GC 881/GC2 851/JS 561/MI‑BB/GP 474
Sing, My Tongue, the Ageless Story (2,G)  CBW 381
*Table Song, v 3 (G)  GC 849/GC2 833
Take and Eat (G)  RS 910/GC 831/GC2 812/CBW 611/WC 660/WS/SS
Take Up Your Cross (G)  WOR 634/CBW 353/LMGM 50/MI-BB/RS 808/GC 698/GC2 688,690/PMB 238/WC 768/JS 524/GP 586/WS/SS
The Carpenter (2,G)  GC 483
The Cross of Jesus (1,2.G)   GC2 396/SS
The Lord Is Now Exalted (2,G)  CBW 377
The Name of God (G)  RS 152/GC 110/GC2 62
To Serve Is to Reign (G)   MI-BB
Tree of Life – Haugen (2,G)  GC 397/GC2 401/RS 541/CBW 373/SS
*Unless a Grain of Wheat (G,C)  MI‑BB/GC 697/GC2 699/JS 760, 802/GP 579/PSL B-48/SS
We Have No Glory (2,G)  JS 671
*We Live a Mystery, v 2 (2)  GC 595
We Should Glory in the Cross (2,G)   JS 521
Weary of All Trumpeting (G)  WOR 635
What Wondrous Love Is This (2,G)  WOR 600/GP 642/PMB 253/WC 732/MI‑BB/RS 749/GC 627/GC2 614/JS 755/WS/SS
When from Bondage (2,G)   SS
Wherever He Leads (G)  LMGM 50/RS 810                                                                             
*Yes, I Shall Arise -- Deiss, vss 6‑7 (Ps)   PMB 325/WC 679/WS
Yes, Lord (2,G)  LMGM 284

You Shall Be My People (1) WC 759


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent (SATB) Bairstow, Edward Oxford (A-44)
Be Merciful, O God (SAB, Organ) Ferris, William Paraclete (PPM09814)
Come, Follow Me Forever (SATB or 2 voices, Organ/Keyboard) Haydn, Franz Josef/Liebergen, Patrick GIA (G-3028)
Create in Me (2-part, any combination, or Unison, Keyboard) Leavitt, John Concordia (98-3711)

Create In Me a Clean Heart, O God

Mochnick Lorenz PS
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SAB) Mueller, Carl F. G. Schirmer (9707)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SAB) Pasquet, Jean Augsburg (0800650627)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SATB) Nelson, Ronald A. Kjos (8808)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (SATB) Willan, Healey. Augsburg (98-2238)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (TTBB) Willan, Healey Augsburg (98-3605)
Create in Me a Clean Heart (Unison/2-part, Piano) Reeves, Jeff Choristers Guild (CGA879)
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God (SATB) Bouman, Paul Augsburg (98-1143)
Create in Me, O God (SATBB, Organ/Keyboard) Brahms, Johannes G. Schirmer (5029770)
Have Mercy on Me, O God (SATB) Schalk, Carl Augsburg (0800657845)
I Am the Resurrection (Ich bin die Auferstehung) (SATB) Dressler Concordia (98-2784)
I Am the Resurrection and the Life (SATB, opt. Keyboard) Croft, William Concordia (98-3747)
I Am the Resurrection and the Life (Unison, opt C inst., organ) Rotermund Concordia (98-3271)
Judica Me, Deus (SATB, opt. organ, Latin/English) Gorczycki, G. G. GIA (G-1973)
Miserere Mei, Deus (SSAATTBB) Allegri, Gregorio Various
Miserere Mei (SATB/SATB)
Miserere Mei (SSATB)
Allegri, Gregorio (Novello (29 0291)
Chester (CH55059)

Miserere Mei (SATB)
Miserere Mei

di Lasso, Orlando
di Lasso, Orlando

GIA (G-3007)


Never the Blade Shall Rise (SSAB, Guitar, Keyboard, C instrument) Powell, Kathy GIA (G-3817)
New Covenant, The (SATB, Organ) Mueller, Carl F. Carl Fischer (6645)
New Covenant, The (SATB, Organ) York, David Stanley Presser (312-40640)
Nolo Mortem Peccatoris in “Oxford New Anthems' p. 259 (SATB)
Morley, Thomas
O Lord, We Believe in You (SATB, opt. acc.)
Kreutz, Robert
World Library (ESA-1378-8)
Psalm 51 (SATB) Kirk, Theron Summy Birchard (4916)
Psalm 51 in “Psalms Together II (Unison, Keyboard) Marshall, Jean Choristers Guild (CGC21)
Psalm 86 (SATB, Organ). Holst, Gustav N/A
Restore Unto Me (SS, 2 Violins, Organ/Keyboard) Lully, Jean Baptiste Augsburg (TI-307)
This Is the Covenant (SATB) Berger, Jean Augsburg (0800111677)
Wash Me, O Lord, God (SA, Organ)
Pergolesi, Giovani
Elkan Vogel (362-03146)
Wash Me Thoroughly in “The New Church Anthem Book” (SATB, Organ) Wesley, Samuel Sebastian Oxford (0193531097)
Way to Jerusalem, The (SATB, Bass solo, Organ) Friedell, Harold H. W. Gray (CMR 2328)