Ascension Sunday – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

Ascension Sunday

Kirking of the City of Edinburgh Council
and of the
Moderator of the High Constables
of the City of Edinburgh

Sunday 29th May 2022

Organ Music

John Stanley Voluntary in E minor
J.S.Bach Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot


Almighty and everlasting God

Almighty and everlasting God,
mercifully look upon our infirmities,
and in all our dangers and necessities
stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Text: Collect for the Third Sunday after Epiphany
Music: Orlando Gibbons 1583-1625


We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.
Embraced by death, he broke its fearful hold,
and our despair he turned to blazing joy.      

We share by water in his saving death.
Reborn, we share with him an Easter life
as living members of a living Christ.

The God of splendour clothes the Son with life.
The spirit’s fission shakes the church of God.
Baptized, we live with God the Three in One.

A new creation comes to life and grows
as Christ’s new body takes on flesh and blood.
The universe restored and whole will sing:

Text: John Brownlow Geyer b.1932
Music: Engelberg CH4 635 C.V.Stanford 1852-1924

Scripture Sentences

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Peter Nardone b.1965




Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass all understanding. Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

First Lesson               Acts 16  16-34

The Choir sings Psalm 97

The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.

Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgement are the habitation of his seat.

There shall go a fire before him: and burn up his enemies on every side.

His lightnings gave shine unto the world: the earth saw it, and was afraid.

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

The heavens have declared his righteousness: and all the people have seen his glory.

Confounded be all they that worship carved images, and that delight in vain gods: worship him, all ye gods.

Sion heard of it, and rejoiced: and the daughters of Judah were glad, because of thy judgements, O Lord.

For thou, Lord, art higher than all that are in the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.

O ye that love the Lord, see that ye hate the thing which is evil: the Lord preserveth the souls of his saints; he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.

There is sprung up a light for the righteous: and joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted.

Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous: and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.

Second Lesson           St John 17  20-26


Through saints we glimpse the light of Christ,
the Morning Star that crowns the night,
whose rising heralds God’s new day,
the promised dawn of life and light.

The light saints bear is not their own
but shines through them as gift and sign:
to show how God can use and bless
frail human means for ends divine.

That light is ours to claim and share;
not merely praise or gaze upon:
for all who are baptized become
light-bearers through the Risen One.

The saints inspire and challenge us
our holy calling to embrace;
to bear Christ’s light in our own day,
to be the vessels of God’s grace.

Text: Carl P Daw Jr b.1944
Music: Wareham CH4 748 Melody by William Knapp 1698-1768



Jubilate Deo

O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song. Be ye sure that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name. For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Text: Psalm 100
Music: William Walton 1902-1983


Holy Baptism

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.


Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices,
who, from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessèd peace to cheer us;
and keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
who reigns in highest heaven,
the Father and the Son
and Spirit, now be given:
the one, eternal God,
whom earth and heaven adore,
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

Text: Martin Rinkart 1568-1649 Tr. Catherine Winkworth 1827-1878
Tune: Nun Danket CH4 182 Melody from Crüger’s Praxis Pietatis Melica


Organ Voluntary

Healey Willan Festival

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod