Monday, March 7, 2011

Liturgical Pop Music for Lent

At the beginning of each new church season, I like to offer music for the season. I have mixed these songs together--and sometimes created mash-ups--into suites on themes of Lent. If you like something you hear, go buy it! (Right-click each header to download the suite.)

Lent Suite 1: Ashes (Ash Wednesday, March 9)

Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet in C# Minor, 1st Movement / Church of the Apostles - Psalm Fifty-One
Kansas - Dust in the Wind
XTC - Deliver Us from the Elements
Sixpence None the Richer - Love, Salvation, the Fear of Death

Lent Suite 2: Desert (March 13)

Arrested Development - Tennessee
Crowded House - Into Temptation
Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike
U2 - Vertigo
Collective Soul - The World I Know
The Choir - Wilderness

Lent Suite 3: Suffering (March 20)

R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
XTC - The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Alice in Chains - Them Bones
Sixpence None the Richer - Meaningless
Sufjan Stevens - Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)

Lent Suite 4: Experience (March 27)

Indigo Girls - Closer to Fine
Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day
XTC - Dear God
R.E.M. - Hope
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Jesus Met the Woman at the Well

Lent Suite 5: Return (April 6)

Death Angel - Veil of Deception
Toad the Wet Sprocket - Before You Were Born
Paula Cole - Me
Indigo Girls - Prince of Darkness
Susan Werner - Forgiveness

Lent Suite 6: Liberation (April 13)

Tina Cousins - Pray
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
Simon & Garfunkel - Sparrow
Blind Melon - Change
U2 - Walk On

Stay tuned for music from Holy Week as we get closer to it.


  1. Impressive and well thought out. Nice, Josh.

  2. Hey, does this post have a title? For example, your suites for Advent was The Emerging and for Epiphany season it was The Revealing. Does Lent have a title similarly?