Hymns as Anthems for Lent

Imposition of Ashes

Lent will be here before we know it. Here are suggestions for using hymns as anthems.

H82= The Hymnal 1982

LEVAS-Lift Every Voice and Sing II

WLP=Wonder, Love, and Praise

MHSO=My Heart Sings Out

The First Sunday in Lent

150 (H82), “Forty days and forty nights”

  • Stanza 1: unison
  • Stanza 2: trebles
  • Stanza 3: tenors and basses
  • Stanza 4: a cappella or tenors on the melody and sopranos on the tenor line 8va
  • Stanza 5: unison or SATB

84 (MHSO), “Forty days and forty nights”

  • Stanza 1: trebles on first phrase; tenors and basses on second phrase; all on remainder of stanza
  • Stanza 2: tenors and basses on first phrase; trebles on second phrase; all on remainder of stanza
  • Stanza 3: all sing
  • Use guitar on accompaniment if available.

140 (H82), “Wilt thou forgive that sin”

  • Stanza 1: tenors and basses on first phrase; trebles on second phrase; all on final phrase
  • Stanza 2: SATB on Hymn 141 (So giebst du nun) transposed down a half step
  • Stanza 3: all on melody (#140)
  • Could use a guitar on Donne

The Second Sunday in Lent

634 (H82), “I call on thee, Lord Jesus Christ”

  • SATB

604 (H82), “When Christ was lifted from the earth”

  • Stanza 1: tenors and basses
  • Stanza 2: all
  • Stanza 3: treble
  • Stanza 4: all
  • On stanzas where all sing, the accompaniment could be arranged for SATB with a few changes.

668 (H82), “I to the hills will lift mine eyes”

  • Stanza 1: all in unison
  • Stanza 2: trebles on first phrase; tenors and basses on second phrase
  • Stanza 3: SATB a cappella
  • Stanza 4: all in unison with sopranos on tenor line 8va

146 (H82), “Now let us all with one accord”

  • Alternate stanzas with different voice parts as available. Punctuate phrases with bells (or piano if bells aren’t available). Use the alternative accompaniment for one stanza. Could use a flute or oboe on the melody with keyboard only on lower parts or none at all.

449 (H82), “O love, how deep, how broad, how high” (stanzas 1, 2, 3, 6)

  • Use introduction found at H82, #218
  • Stanza 1: all in unison
  • Stanza 2: unison with alternative accompaniment
  • Stanza 3: SATB using parts in accompaniment edition
  • Use introduction as an interlude
  • Stanza 6: unison

The Third Sunday in Lent

456 (H82), “O love of God, how strong and true”

  • Stanza 1: all
  • Stanza 2: trebles
  • Stanza 3: tenors and basses
  • Stanza 4: all
  • Use a flute or an oboe on the obbligato on stanzas 3 and 4.

673 (H82), “The first one ever, oh, ever to know”

  • All stanzas sung by trebles with guitar accompaniment

327 (H82), “Draw nigh and take the body of the Lord”

  • Stanzas 1 & 2: unison
  • Stanza 3: tenors and basses
  • Stanza 4: SATB a cappella
  • Stanza 5: trebles
  • Stanza 6: tenors and basses
  • Stanza 7: SATB, tenors on melody; sopranos on tenor line 8va
  • Stanza 8: unison 

727 (WLP), “As panting deer desire the water-brooks”

  • Stanza 1: trebles
  • Stanza 2: tenors and basses
  • Stanza 3: all
  • Use flute or oboe on the melody; organ or piano on the parts other than melody.

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

466 (H82), “Eternal light, shine in my heart”

  • Stanza 1: tenors and basses on melody
  • Stanza 2: trebles on melody; tenors and basses on tenor part
  • Stanza 3: SATB
  • See also “Eternal Light” by Jane Marshall, GIA Publications, Inc. for the above but with a lovely accompaniment.

 891 (WLP), “Lord, you have fulfilled your word”

  • Antiphon: tenors and basses
  • Refrain: as written
  • Stanza 1: trebles
  • Refrain: as written
  • Stanza 2: tenors and basses
  • Antiphon: trebles
  • Two options for accompaniment: Use bells (G, A, B, D, E) for antiphon with no keyboard with                 keyboard entering with the refrain, or use guitar instead of keyboard.

664 (H82), “My Shepherd will supply my need”

  • Stanza 1: trebles on first and third phrases; tenors and basses on second and fourth phrases
  • Stanza 2: tenors and basses on first and third phrases; trebles on second and fourth phrases
  • Stanza 3: all
  • Use flute and guitar for accompaniment.

 750 (WLP), “So the day dawn for me”

  • All stanzas: SATB

754 (WLP), “When from bondage we are summoned”

  • Alternate voice parts on stanzas with all on the refrain
  • Use flute or oboe on the melody or adapt the “alto” line in the accompaniment for an obbligato.

6 (H82), “Christ whose glory fills the skies”

  • Stanza 1: trebles
  • Stanza 2: tenors and basses
  • Stanza 3: all
  • Use flute or oboe on melody with keyboard only playing the lower parts.

 S-217 (H82), Second Song of Isaiah

  • Alternate stanzas with voice parts. Either use accompaniment or punctuate phrases with bells. Omit doxology.

Fifth Sunday in Lent 

115 (LEVAS), “Spirit of the living God”

  • SATB throughout. After the first time through go back to measure 9 and sing to end.

715 (H82), “When Jesus wept”

  • First time all sing the melody in unison; repeat in canon using 2-4 parts as available.

5 (H82), “O splendor of God’s glory bright”

  • Alternate stanzas with different voice parts 
  • Add bells to punctuate phrases. With one stanza,  have soprano or tenor sing Puer nobis (H82, #124). Can use random bells on the doxology. 

151 (H82), “From deepest woe I cry to thee”

  • Stanza 1: tenors and basses on first phrase; trebles on second phrase; all on third phrase
  • Stanza 2: trebles on first phrase; tenors and basses on second phrase; all on third phrase
  • Stanza 3: all; can sing SATB from accompaniment edition

 

Ellen Johnston is Director of the Center for Liturgy and Music.

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