Sunday after Ascension

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Prayer at 11.30am

Sunday after Ascension

Sunday 16th May 2021

Organ Music

J.S.Bach Heut triumphiret Gottes Sohn BWV 630
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault Plein Jeu – Duo – Récit de Nazard (Suite du Deuxième Ton)

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time on and for evermore.




Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, forgive us.

Declaration of Pardon

First Lesson               Acts 1  1-11

Music for Reflection

Behold, I tell you a mystery:
We shall not sleep, but we shall all be chang’d
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.

The trumpet shall sound
and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be chang’d.

Text: 1 Corinthians 15  51-53
Music: G.F.Handel (1685-1759)

Second Lesson           St John 15  1-11



Ascendit Deus

God is gone up with a merry noise:
and the Lord with the sound of the trump, Alleluia.
The Lord has prepared his seat in heaven, Alleluia

Text: Psalm 47
Music: Peter Philips (1560/1-1628)

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.

Jubilate Deo

O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands :
serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God :
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise :
be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting :
and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Tone v


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Prelude in G BWV 541

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by Rev Craig Meek
The cantor was Hugh Hillyard Parker

The organ was played by Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music.

Today’s anthem was recorded by members of the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral in 2021, Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music.