Our liturgical seasons have inspired beautiful musical compositions.
What are your favorite hymns and musical pieces for LENT?
My practical purpose in asking is that I am working on a Seven Last Words. My thought is that it would be good to present the reflections punctuated by hymns or music appropriate for Lent and the Seven Last Words, almost in the style of "lessons and carols".
What are the Seven Last Words?
THE FIRST WORD
Luke 23:33-34 — When they came to the place called "The Skull," they nailed Jesus to the cross there, and the two criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, "Forgive them, Father! They know not what they do."
THE SECOND WORD
Luke 23:39-43 — One of the criminals hanging there threw insults at him: "Aren’t you the messiah? Save yourself and us!" The other one, however, rebuked him, saying: "Don’t you fear God? Here we are all under the same sentence. Ours, however, is only right, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong." And he said to Jesus, "Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!" Jesus said to him, "I tell you this: Today you will be in Paradise with me."
THE THIRD WORD
John 19:25-27 — Standing close to jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that time the disciple took her to live in his home.
THE FOURTH WORD
Mark 15: 33-34 — And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Elo-i, elo-i, lama sabach-thani?" which means, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
THE FIFTH WORD
John 19:28 — After this jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the scripture), "I thirst."
THE SIXTH WORD
John 19:29-30 — A bowl was there, full of cheap wine mixed with vinegar, so a sponge was soaked in it, put on hyssop and lifted up to his lips. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished."
THE SEVENTH WORD
Luke 23:46 — Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last.
What are your favorite hymns and musical pieces for LENT? Keep the Seven Words in mind.