Christmas Day – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

Christmas Day

Saturday 25th December 2021

Organ Music

Henri Mulet Noël
John Ireland The Holy Boy


Psallite unigenito

Sing your psalms to Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
sing your psalms to the Redeemer.

A small Child lies in the manger.
All the blessed angels serve Him and sing to Him.

Music: Michael Praetorius 1571-1621


Of the Father’s love begotten
ere the worlds began to be,
he is Alpha and Omega,
he the source, the ending he,
of the things that are, that have been,
and that future years shall see,
evermore and evermore.

O that birth for ever blessèd!
when the Virgin, full of grace,
by the Spirit’s power conceiving,
bore the Saviour of our race,
and the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
first revealed his sacred face,
evermore and evermore.

This is he whom seers and sages
sang of old with one accord;
whom the voices of the prophets
promised in their faithful word;
now he shines, the long-expected:
let creation praise its Lord,
evermore and evermore.

All the heights of heaven, adore him;
angel-hosts, his praises sing;
powers, dominions, bow before him,
and extol our God and King:
let no tongue on earth be silent, every voice in concert ring,
evermore and evermore.

Christ, to thee, with God the Father,
and, O Holy Ghost, to thee,
hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
and unwearied praises be.
honour, glory, and dominion, and eternal victory,
evermore and evermore.

Text: Prudentius 348-c.413 Tr. J.M.Neale 1818-66 and H.W.Baker 1821-77
Tune: Corde natus CH4 319 Piae Cantiones 1582

Scripture Sentences

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Bernard Rose 1916-1996




Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born this day of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honour and glory, now and for ever.


In the bleak mid-winter,
frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow,
snow on snow,
in the bleak mid-winter,
long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him,
nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away
when He comes to reign:
in the bleak mid-winter a stable-place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels
may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim
throngèd the air;
but only his mother, in her maiden bliss,
worshipped the Beloved
with a kiss.

What can I give Him,
poor as I am?
if I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man,
I would do my part;
yet what I can I give Him-
give my heart.

Text: Christina Rossetti 1830-94
Tune: Cranham CH4 305 Gustav Holst 1874-1934

First Lesson               Hebrews 1  1-19


In Bethlehem, all in a stable,
lies a newborn infant mild.
By his side a virgin mother
watches o’er the holy child.
Jesus lying in the manger,
Comes to us on earth a stranger:
Lullaby! O little one sleep:
Angels round you watch will keep.

Saint Joseph stands beside the cradle,
fill’d with wonder, awe, and love.
See, the infant King lies sleeping,
sent from God in heav’n above.
Ox and ass before him kneeling,
Mary’s love his sorrows healing:

‘Hosanna in the highest heaven;

peace, goodwill to men on earth.’
Seraphim on high in chorus
greet the Saviour’s joyful birth.
Mary’s voice, in descant blending,
joins the heav’nly song unending:

Text: John Rutter b.1945
Music: Flemish traditional arr. John Rutter

Second Lesson           St Luke 2  1-14


See! in yonder manger low,
born for us on earth below;
see! the tender Lamb appears
promised from eternal years.
Hail, thou ever-blessèd morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem!’

Lo! within a manger lies
he who built the starry skies,
he who, throned in height
sublime sits amid the cherubim:

Sacred Infant, all Divine,
what a tender love was thine,
thus to come from highest bliss
down to such a world as this!

Text: Edward Caswall 1814-78
Tune: Humility CH4 313 John Goss 1800-80



Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day;
I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play,
To call my true love to my dance;
Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love, my love, my love,
This have I done for my true love.

Then was I born of a virgin pure,
Of her I took fleshly substance
Thus was I knit to man’s nature
To call my true love to my dance.

In a manger laid, and wrapped I was
So very poor, this was my chance
Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass
To call my true love to my dance.

Text: English Traditional
Music: John Gardner 1917-2011


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.


O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him,
born the King of angels:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord!

God of God,
Light of light,
Lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
very God,
begotten, not created:

Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above:
‘Glory to God
In the highest:’

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given:
Word of the Father,
now in flesh appearing:

Text: Possibly by John Wade c1711-86
Music: Adeste Fideles CH4 306 Possibly by John Wade c1711-86


Organ Voluntary

Louis Vierne Final (Symphonie 1)

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod