The Fifth Sunday in Lent

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Prayer at 11.30am

5th Sunday in Lent

Sunday 21st March 2021

Organ Music
Johannes Brahms Herzlich thut mich verlangen
Louis Vierne Prélude

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 119

How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments.
I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes.
With my lips I declare all the ordinances of your mouth.
I delight in the way of your decrees as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Deal bountifully with your servant, so that I may live and observe your word.
Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
I live as an alien in the land; do not hide your commandments from me.




God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way. We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

Declaration of Pardon

First Lesson               Jeremiah 31  31-34

Music for Reflection

O God of mercy

O God of mercy, God of might,
In love and mercy infinite
Teach us, as ever in thy sight.
To live our life to thee.

In sickness, sorrow, want or care,
What’er it be, ‘tis ours to share,
May we, where help is needed there
Give help as unto thee.

And may the Holy Spirit move
All those who live, to live in love,
Till thou shalt greet in heav’n above
All those who give to thee.

Text: Godfrey Thring (1823-1903)
Music: Simon Lole (b.1957)

Second Lesson           St John 12  20-33



Tristis est anima mea

My soul is sorrowful even unto death ;
stay you here, and watch with me.
Now ye shall see a multitude, that will surround me.
Ye shall run away, and I will go to be sacrificed for you.

Text: Second Response for Maundy Thursday, from St Matthew 26  38
Music: Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722)

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.

Prayers of Intercession

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.

The Song of Simeon

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen :
thy salvation;
Which thou hast prepared :
before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Tone iii.2


Organ Voluntary
Hendrik Andriessen Thema met Variaties

CCL Licence No 980930

Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by Rev Calum I MacLeod
The cantor was Marjory Lobban
The organ was played by Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music

Today’s anthem was recorded by the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral in 2004, Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music.