Palm Sunday – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

Palm Sunday

Sunday 10th April 2022

Organ Music

Max Reger Passion
James MacMillan Offertorium


Crucifixus pro nobis

He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate:
He suffered and was buried.

Music: Antonio Lotti 1667-1740


All glory, laud and honour
to you, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring!

You are the King of Israel,
great David’s royal Son,
now in the Lord’s name coming,
the King and Blessèd One.

The company of angels
is praising you on high,
while we and all creation
together make reply.

The people of the Hebrews
with palms before you went;
our praise and prayer and anthems
before you we present.

To you before your Passion
they sang their hymns of praise;
to you now high exalted
our melody we raise.

Their praises you accepted;
accept the prayers we bring,
in every good delighting,
our great and gracious King.

All glory, laud and honour
to you, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring!

Text: St Theodulph of Orleans d.821 Tr. J.M.Neale 1818-66
Music: St Theodulph CH4 364 Later form of a melody by Melchior Teschner c.1615



God of heaven and earth, we give you thanks for sending us Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Even though we profess to follow him, we confess that in times of trial we too often deny him. Forgive us and heal us, we pray. Help us to put our faith not in the princes of this world, but only in the Prince of Peace. In Christ’s name we pray.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Missa brevis Grayston Ives

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Ridout)

First Lesson               Philippians 2  5-11

Metrical Psalm

Oh, set ye open unto me
the gates of righteousness;
then will I enter into them,
and I the Lord will bless.

This is the gate of God, by it
the just shall enter in.
Thee will I praise, who answered me
and hast my safety been.

That stone is made head corner-stone,
which builders did despise:
this is the doing of the Lord,
and wondrous in our eyes.

This is the day God made, in it
we’ll joy triumphantly.
Save now, I pray thee, Lord; I pray,
send now prosperity.

Thou art my God, I’ll thee exalt;
my God, I will thee praise.
Give thanks to God, for he is good:
his mercy lasts always.

Text: Psalm 118 19-25, 28,29  The Scottish Psalter 1929
Music: Southwark CH4 78 Adapted from a melody by Christopher Tye c.1508-72

The Gospel    St Luke 19  28-40

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.

Missa brevis Grayston Ives


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

Pange lingua

Sing, my tongue, the Saviour’s glory,
Of His Flesh, the mystery sing;
Of the Blood, all price exceeding,
Shed by our Immortal King,
Destined, for the world’s redemption,
From a noble Womb to spring.

Of a pure and spotless Virgin
Born for us on earth below,
He, as Man, with man conversing,
Stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
Then He closed in solemn order
Wondrously His Life of woe.

On the night of that Last Supper,
Seated with His chosen band,
He, the Paschal Victim eating,
First fulfils the Law’s command;
Then as Food to all his brethren
Gives Himself with His own Hand.

Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
By His Word to Flesh He turns;
Wine into His Blood He changes:
What though sense no change discerns.
Only be the heart in earnest,
Faith her lesson quickly learns.

Text: St Thomas Aquinas 1225-74
Music: Bob Chilcott b.1955



Thy kingdom come!- on bended knee
the passing ages pray;
and faithful souls have yearned to see
on earth that Kingdom’s day.

But the slow watches of the night
not less to God belong;
and for the everlasting right
the silent stars are strong.

And lo, already on the hills
the flags of dawn appear;
gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
proclaim the day is near:

The day in whose clear-shining light
all wrong shall stand revealed,
when justice shall be throned with might,
and every hurt be healed;

When knowledge, hand in hand with peace,
shall walk the earth abroad:-
the day of perfect righteousness,
the promised day of God.

Text: Frederick Lucian Hosmer 1840-1929
Tune: Irish CH4 473 Melody from A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Poems, Dublin 1749


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Prelude in E minor BWV 548

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Sigrid Marten