The Eighth Sunday after Trinity – Edinburgh International Festival Service

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

75th Anniversary Festival Service

8th Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 7th August 2022

Organ Music

César Franck Fantaisie in C


Let the people praise thee, O God

Let the people praise thee, O God
yea, let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad:
for thou shalt judge the folk righteously,
and govern the nations upon earth.

Text: Psalm 67  3-5

Music: Noel de Jongh b.1930

Processional Hymn

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home;

Under the shadow of Thy throne
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is Thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting Thou art God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be Thou our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home!

Text: Isaac Watts 1674-1748
Music: St Anne CH4 161 William Croft 1678-1727

Scripture Sentences

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

John Sanders 1933-2003




Almighty God, you sent your Spirit to be the light and life of your people. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love, joy and peace.

A Reading from the Qur’an            Qur’an 5: 8; Qur’an 24: 35

Read by Cllr Robert Aldridge The Rt Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh

The Choir sings 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.

Text: Psalm 100
Music: William Walton 1902-1983

A Reading from the New Testament          St Matthew 5  1-12

Read by The Rev Sigrid Marten, Associate Minister, St Giles’ Cathedral


All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell,
come ye before him and rejoice.

Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make:
we are his flock, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.

O enter then his gates with praise,
approach with joy his courts unto:
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.

For why?  the Lord our God is good,
his mercy is for ever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure.

Text: Psalm 100 The Scottish Psalter 1929
Tune: Old 100th CH4 63 Melody from French-Genevan Psalter 1551

Address          Michael Newman       Association of Jewish Refugees


Blest pair of sirens

Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of Heaven’s joy,
Sphere-born harmonious sisters, Voice and Verse,
Wed your divine sounds, and mixt power employ,
Dead things with inbreathed sense able to pierce;

And to our high-raised phantasy present
That undisturbed song of pure consent,
Aye sung before the sapphire-coloured throne
To him that sits thereon,

With saintly shout and solemn jubilee;
Where the bright Seraphim, in burning row,
Their loud, uplifted angel-trumpets blow,
And the Cherubic host in thousand quires
Touch their immortal harps of golden wires,
With those just spirits, that wear victorious palms,
Hymns devout and holy psalms
Singing everlastingly.

That we on Earth with undiscording voice,
May rightly answer that melodious noise;
As once we did, till disproportioned sin
Jarr’d against Nature’s chime, and with harsh din

Broke the fair music that all creatures made
To their great Lord, whose love their motion swayed
In perfect diapason, whilst they stood
In first obedience, and their state of good.

O may we soon again renew that song
And keep in tune with Heaven, till God ere long
To his celestial consort us unite,
To live with him and sing in endless morn of light.

Text: John Milton 1608-1674
Music: C.H.H.Parry 1848-1918

Address          Fergus Linehan           Festival Director


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.


When, in our music, God is glorified, 
and adoration leaves no room for pride, 
it is as though the whole creation cried: 

How often, making music, we have found 
a new dimension in the world of sound, 
as worship moved us to a more profound 

So has the Church, in liturgy and song, 
in faith and love, through centuries of wrong, 
borne witness to the truth in every tongue: 

Let every instrument be tuned for praise! 
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always: 

Text: Fred Pratt Green 1903-2000
Tune: Engelberg CH4 203 C.V.Stanford 1852-1924


Organ Voluntary

William Walton Coronation March Crown Imperial

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod