Epiphany Sunday – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

Epiphany Sunday

Sunday 2nd January 2022

Organ Music

Gaston Litaize Reges Tharsis
Théodore Dubois Marche des Rois Mages


Michael Praetorius En natus est Emmanuel

This day is born Emanuel,
God with us!
As foretold by Gabriel;
God with us!
God with us! a Saviour Christ the Lord.

Text and music: Musae Sionae 1609 Michael Praetorius arr. Eric von Ibler

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold,
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onwards, beaming bright;
so, most gracious Lord, may we
evermore be led to thee.

As with joyful steps they sped,
Saviour, to thy lowly bed,
there to bend the knee before thee,
whom heaven and earth adore;
so may we with willing feet
ever seek thy mercy-seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
at thy homely cradle bare,
so may we with holy joy,
pure, and free from sin’s alloy,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
keep us in the narrow way,
and, when earthly things are past,
bring our ransomed souls at last
where they need no star to guide,
where no clouds thy glory hide.

In the heavenly country bright
need they no created light;
thou its light, its joy, its crown,
thou its sun which goes not down;
there for ever may we sing
Alleluias to our King.

Text: William Chatterton Dix 1837-98
Music: Dix CH4 326 Conrad Kochner 1786-1872 adapted by W.H.Monk 1823-89

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Barry Rose b. 1934




Eternal God, by a star you led the wise men to the worship of your Son. Guide by your light the nations of the earth, that the whole world may know your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

First Lesson               Isaiah 60  1-6

The Choir sings PSALM 72  10-15

The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.

He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.

Second Lesson           St Matthew 2  1-12


Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining;
low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all.

Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
odours of Edom, and offerings divine,
gems of the mountains and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest or gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
vainly with gifts would his favour secure:
richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Text: Reginald Heber 1783-1826
Music: Was lebet, was schwebet CH4 327 Melody from the Rheinhardt M.S. Üttingen 1754



The wise men and the star

Sovereign scholars, weary of waiting
startled by starlight that kindles the sky.
Eager for answers, destiny drives them,
watching with wonder, they follow the star.

Passing by palaces, greedy and golden,
threading the byways of winter and cold,
come to a doorway, low-built and lamplit
eagerly enter under the star.

Source of all starlight, simply they see him,
laid in a manger and haloed with hay.
Bright in his beauty, shrouded with shadows,
Steady the star shines. Follow the star.

Text: Lucia Quinault
Music: Oliver Tarney b.1984


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.


Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns!
let all their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

Text: Isaac Watts 1674-1748
Tune: Antioch CH4 320 Holford’s Voce di Melodia c1834 arr. Lowell Mason 1792-1872


Organ Voluntary

Gaston Litaize Epiphanie

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod