Easter Day – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9:30am

Easter Day

Sunday 17th April 2022

Organ Music

Herbert Howells Saraband for the morning of Easter
Charles Villiers Stanford At Eastertide


Christ the Lord is risen today

Christ the Lord is ris’n today. Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high,
Sing, ye heav’ns and earth reply, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ has burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids his rise,
Christ has opened paradise! Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and heav’n! Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be giv’n, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now,
Hail, the Resurrection, Thou! Alleluia!

Text: Charles Wesley 1707-1788
Music: Noel de Jongh b.1930


Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing
unto Christ, our heavenly King,
who endured the Cross and grave,
sinners to redeem and save.

But the anguish he endured
our salvation has procured;
now in heaven Christ is King,
where the angels ever sing.

Sing we to our God above
praise eternal as his love;
praise him, all you heavenly host,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Text: Lyra Davidica 1708
Music: Easter Hymn CH4 410 Melody from Lyra Davidica 1708

Easter Sentences


The Saviour died, but rose again
triumphant from the grave;
and pleads our cause at God’s right hand,
omnipotent to save.

Who then can e’er divide us more
from Jesus and his love,
or break the sacred chain that binds
the earth to heaven above?

Let troubles rise, and terrors frown,
and days of darkness fall;
through him all dangers we’ll defy,
and more than conquer all.

Nor death nor life, nor earth nor hell,
nor time’s destroying sway,
can e’er efface us from his heart,
or make his love decay.

Each future period that will bless,
as it has blessed the past;
he loved us from the first of time,
he loves us to the last.

Text: Scottish Paraphrases 1781 From Romans 8: 34-end
Music: St Andrew CH4 425 Melody from Tans’ur’s New Harmony of Zion 1764


First Lesson               Isaiah 67  17-25


The strife is o’er, the battle done;
now is the Victor’s triumph won;
now be the song of praise begun;
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed;
let shouts of holy joy outburst:

The three sad days have quickly sped;
he rises glorious from the dead;
all glory to our risen Head!

He brake the age-bound chains of hell;
the bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumph tell.

Lord, by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death’s dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live, and sing to thee:

Text: 17th century tr. Francis Pott 1832-1909
Music: Vulpius CH4 412 Melody from Vulpius’ Gesangbuch 1609

The Gospel    St Luke 24  1-12

The Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The Holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.

The Intercessions

Gloria in Excelsis sung by the choir

Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, goodwill towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.  Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.  Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Krönungsmesse K317W.A.Mozart


The Lord be with you
And also with you

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise



Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Glory be to you,
O Lord Most High.

Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord:
Hosanna in the highest.


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.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,
Have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,
Have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,
Grant us your peace.

Holy Communion

During Communion the Choir sings

Magdalen cease from sobs and sighs

Magdalen cease from sobs and sighs; Wipe the tear-drops from off thine eyes: Simon the leper’s feast is o’er; Christ today needs thy nard no more. Now thousand time may’st thou rejoice; Now thousand times uplift thy voice.

Magdalen, bind upon thee now Garland of gladness o’er thy brow: Banish’d afar is grief and pain: Welcome is sunshine after rain. For Jesus Christ the world hath freed, Triumphing over Death indeed.

Text: From Pone luctum, Magdalena, tr. G.R.Woodward
Music: Melody of Nicht ruhen Magdalena kundt arr. Peter Hurford 1930-2019



The day of resurrection,
Earth, tell it out abroad!
the passover of gladness,
the passover of God!
From death to life eternal,
from sin’s dominion free,
our Christ has brought us over
with hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil,
that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal
of resurrection light;
and, listening to his accents,
may hear, so calm and plain,
his own ‘All hail!’ and, hearing
may raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful,
and earth her song begin,
the round world keep high triumph
and all that is therein;
let all things seen and unseen
their notes of gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord has risen,
our Joy that has no end.

Text: St John of Damascus d.c750 Tr J.M.Neale 1818-66
Tune: Ellacombe CH4 413 18th Cent. German melody


Organ Voluntary

Louis Vierne Final (Symphonie VI)

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod