5 sacred songs to sing during Lent

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Upsplash/Michael Maason

Every year before Easter Sunday, hundreds of millions of Christians engage in a time of solemn contemplation found on the liturgical calendar that is known as Lent.

Lent is a period of roughly 40 days before Resurrection Sunday that begins with Ash Wednesday and goes for 40 days, with the Sundays between the two dates not being included in the observance.

It is common for people observing Lent to give up something, with that fast being practiced Monday through Saturday. Some believers use this season as an opportunity to take up another spiritual discipline.

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Here are five traditional hymns commonly sung at church services during the season of Lent, including their historical background and one or two verses from each song.

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