Palm Sunday – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

Palm Sunday

Sunday 10th April 2022

Organ Music

Johannes Brahms O welt, ich muss dich lassen
Max Reger Valet will ich dir geben
Jeanne Demessieux Vexilla Regis



Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the Highest.

Music: John Sanders 1933-2003


Hosanna, loud hosanna,
the little children sang;
through city street and temple
their joyful welcome rang;
They shouted out their praises
to Christ, the children’s friend,
who welcomes all with blessing,
whose love will never end.

From Olivet they followed,
a large exultant crowd,
the victor palm-branch waving,
and chanting clear and loud;
bright angels joined the chorus,
beyond the cloudless sky,
‘Hosanna in the highest!
Glory to God on high!’

‘Hosanna in the Highest!’
That ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer,
the Lord of heaven our King.
Oh, may we ever praise him
with heart and life and voice
and in his blissful presence
eternally rejoice.

Text: Jennette Threlfall 1821-80
Music: Ellacombe CH4 367 18th Cent. German melody

Scripture Sentences

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

John Sanders 1933-2003




Gracious God, as we enter this Holy Week, strengthen us to move beyond the festive parade of palms and to follow Jesus into the way of the cross. Quieten within us all mortal voices, that through the story of the passion and by the power of your Holy Spirit, we may have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. Amen

First Lesson               Philippians 2  5-11

The Choir sings Psalm 118

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:

This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.

I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

Second Lesson           St Luke 19  28-40


May the mind of Christ my Saviour
live in me from day to day,
by his love and power controlling
all I do or say.

May the word of God dwell richly
in my heart from hour to hour,
so that all may see I triumph
only through his power.

May the peace of God my Father
in my life for ever reign;
that I may be calm to comfort
those in grief, or pain.

May the love of Jesus fill me,
as the waters fill the sea;
him exalting, self denying,
this is victory.

May I run the race before me,
strong and brave to face the foe,
drawing all my strength from Jesus
as I onward go.

Text: Katie Barclay Wilkinson 1859-1928
Music: Candlebeam CH4 536 Alison M Robertson b.1940



Hosanna to the Son of David

Hosanna to the Son of David.
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the King of Israel.
Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest places.
Hosanna in the highest heavens.

Music: Orlando Gibbons 1583-1625


Holy Baptism

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.


Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark, all the tribes hosanna cry.
O Saviour meek, pursue thy road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die:
O Christ, thy triumphs now begin
o’er captive death and conquered sin.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The wingèd squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wondering eyes
to see the approaching sacrifice.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh:
the Father on his sapphire throne
awaits his own anointed Son.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow thy meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, thy power, and reign.

Text: Henry Hart Milman 1791-1868
Tune: Crasselius CH4 365 Adapted from a melody in Musikalisches Hand-Buch Hamburg 1690


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Valet will ich dir geben BWV 736

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Sigrid Marten