Easter Day – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11:00am

Easter Day

Sunday 17th April 2022

Organ Music

Jiří Ropek Variations on Victimae Paschali
Jeanne Demessieux Variations on O filii et filiae


This joyful Eastertide

This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow.
My Love, the Crucified, hath sprung to life this morrow.
Had Christ, that once was slain, ne’er burst his three-day prison,
Our faith had been in vain: but now hath Christ arisen.

My flesh in hope shall rest, and for a season slumber:
Till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number.

Death’s flood hath lost his chill, since Jesus crossed the river:
Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver.

Text: G.R.Woodward 1848-1934
Music: Dutch Traditional arr. Charles Wood 1866-1926


Look, ye saints! the sight is glorious;
See the Man of Sorrows now,
from the fight returned victorious;
every knee to him shall bow:
Crown him! crown him! crown him! crown him!
crowns become the victor’s brow.

Crown the Saviour, angels crown him!
Rich the trophies Jesus brings;
in the seat of power enthrone him,
while the vault of heaven rings.
Crown him! crown him! crown him! crown him!
crown the Saviour, King of kings!

Sinners in derision crowned him,
mocked the dying Saviour’s claim;
saints and angels crowd around him,
own his title, praise his name.
Crown him! crown him! crown him! crown him!
spread abroad the victor’s fame.

Hark, those bursts of acclamation!
hark, those loud triumphant chords!
Jesus takes the highest station:
O what joy the sight affords!
Crown him! crown him! crown him! crown him!
King of kings, and Lord of lords!

Text: Thomas Kelly 1769-1854
Music: Regent Square CH4 429 Henry Smart 1813-79

Easter Sentences


Blest be the everlasting God
the Father of our Lord!
Be his abounding mercy praised,
his majesty adored!

When from the dead he raised his Son,
and called him to the sky,
he gave our souls a lively hope
that they should never die.

To an inheritance divine
he taught our hearts to rise;
’tis uncorrupted, undefiled,
unfading in the skies.

Saints by the power of God are kept,
till the salvation come:
we walk by faith as strangers here:
but Christ shall call us home.

Text: Scottish Paraphrases 1781 From 1 St Peter 1:3-5
Music: Bishopthorpe CH4 424 Probably by Jeremiah Clarke c.1673-1707

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Bernard Rose 1916-1996



First Lesson               Isaiah 65  17-25

The Choir sings the Te Deum

WE praise thee, O God: we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee: the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubin and Seraphin: continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty: of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles: praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets: praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs: praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world: doth acknowledge thee;
The Father: of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true: and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son: of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man: thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death: thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come: to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants: whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints: in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people: and bless thine heritage.
Govern them: and lift them up for ever.
Day by day: we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name: ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord: to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us: have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us: as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.

Music: Benjamin Britten Te Deum in C

Second Lesson           St Luke 24  1-12


Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, Love whom men had slain,
thinking that never he would awake again,
laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
he that for three days in the grave had lain,
quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
thy touch can call us back to life again,
fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:

Text: John Macleod Campbell Crum 1872-1958
Music: Noël nouvelet CH4 417 French Traditional Carol melody



Blessed be the God and Father

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled,
that fadeth not away,
reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God
through faith unto salvation
ready to be revealed at the last time.

But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.

Love one another with a pure heart fervently.
See that ye love one another.
Love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again,
not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible,
by the word of God.

For all flesh is as grass,
and all the glory of man
as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth,
and the flower thereof falleth away.

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.

Text: 1 Peter 1:3–5, 15, 17, 22b, 23a, 24
Music: S.S.Wesley 1810-1876


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.


Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son;
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son: endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom.
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life!
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

Text: Edmond Budry 1854-1932 Tr. R Birch Hoyle 1875-1939
Tune: Maccabaeus CH4 419 G.F.Handel 1685-1759


Organ Voluntary

C.M.Widor Toccata (Symphonie V)

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod