Music is such a wonderful aid to meditation and reflection that I realize the need to help all of us find appropriate music to assist us in this. Obviously there are hundreds if not thousands of songs and musical pieces out there that would be appropriate so I have tried to post a sampling from different traditions. Please do add your suggestions in the comment section as this is another new resource list for me.
Here are some of the best resources (some outside the box) that I have found in the music area for Lent and Easter.
GIA Publications has a very rich array of music for the season.
Discipleship Ministries has some good music resources for Lent, mainly available as free downloads.
Gungor’s song Beautiful Things is a powerful song of brokenness and transformation
A beautiful Celtic tune A Lenten Journey
And a beautiful reflective song from one of my favourite musicians Jeff Johnson
Handel’s Messiah is now traditionally known as a Christmas piece but was originally written for Easter.
Te Deum – 5th Century is attributed to two Fathers and Doctors of the Church, St. Ambrose and St. Augustine and is one the most majestic chants in the Liturgy of the Church.
These Gregorian chants from Assisi are beautiful to listen to as a focus for reflection.
The St Matthew Passion, is a sacred oratorio from the Passions written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander . It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music. If you choose to listen to this make sure you have plenty of time – it is over 2 hours long.
All Glory Laud and Honour is the traditional hymn to sing on Palm Sunday
The Power of the Cross – A beautiful reflective hymn for Good Friday.
And another classic – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
The Old Rugged Cross – another old favourite
MSA Resource Lists
Here is the complete list of resource posts for Lent and Easter posted on Godspace. enjoy!
New for 2016 – Hungering for Life: Creative Exercises for Lent
A free download for the 40+ days of Lent
Resources for Holy Week
A series on Lent and creativity:
Our new free download: What Do You Hunger For: Creative Exercises for Lent
As well as the resource lists above, MSA has a rich array of resources available for Lent – some new, some old, some free, some for sale.
NEW for 2016 Hungering for Life: Creative Exercises for Lent
NEW: 40+ Ideas for Lent – a free downloadable activity sheet for Lent
NEW: A Journey Into Wholeness: Soul Travel from Lent to Easter. This is available from our website in both paper and ebook (pdf & epub) versions and also from Amazon in paper and kindle
NEW: Lenten Prayer Cards. These are designed to help you focus your commitment as you journey through the season of Lent.
Lord Lead Us To Repentance – A Lenten meditation video produced in 2012
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? This meditation is designed for Good Friday and does not have music.
An Invitation to Journey – A short Lenten meditation video 2008
Is This the Fast? – A Lenten meditation produced in 2008