The Fifth Sunday in Lent – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

5th Sunday in Lent

Sunday 3rd April 2022

Organ Music

Jeanne Demessieux Attende Domine
Camille Saint-Saëns Pro Martyribus


O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
Let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

Music: George Thalben-Ball 1896-1987


Stand up, and bless the Lord,
all people now rejoice;
stand up and bless the Lord your God
with heart and soul and voice.

Though high above all praise,
above all blessing high,
who would not fear his holy Name,
give thanks and glorify?

O for the living flame
from his own altar brought,
to touch our lips, our minds inspire,
and wing to heaven our thought!

God is our strength and song,
and his salvation ours;
then be his love in Christ proclaimed
with all our ransomed powers.

Stand up, and bless the Lord,
the Lord your God adore;
stand up, and bless his glorious name,
both now and evermore.

Text: James Montgomery (1771-1854)
Music: Carlisle CH4 202 Melody Charles Lockhart (1745-1815)



Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you. We humbly confess our sin and ask for your mercy. We have been reticent with our love and quick with our judgments. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and fill it with your grace. Renew in us a right spirit to sustain us in your service. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Communion Service in D Kenneth Leighton

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Ridout)

First Lesson               Isaiah 43  16-21

Metrical Psalm

When Sion’s bondage God turn’d back,
as men that dream’d were we.
Then fill’d with laughter was our mouth,
our tongue with melody:

They ‘mong the heathen said, The Lord
great things for them hath wrought.
The Lord hath done great things for us,
whence joy to us is brought.

As streams of water in the south,
our bondage, Lord, recall.
Who sow in tears, as reaping time
of joy enjoy they shall.

That man who, bearing precious seed,
in going forth doth mourn,
He doubtless, bringing back his  sheaves,
rejoicing shall return.

Text: Psalm 126 The Scottish Psalter 1929
Music: Abbey CH4 18 (ii) Melody from Scottish Psalter 1615

The Gospel    St John 12  1-8

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.

Communion Service in D Kenneth Leighton


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

Vinea mea electa

O vineyard, my chosen one. I planted thee. 
How is thy sweetness turned into bitterness, 
to crucify me and take Barabbas in my place?

I protected thee; I took the hard stones away from thy path,
and built a tower in thy defence.

Text: Responsory for Good Friday
Music: Francis Poulenc 1899-1963



Jesus, thou Joy of loving hearts,
thou light of life, thou fount of grace;
from the best bliss that earth imparts
we turn unfilled to seek thy face.

Thy truth unchanged has ever stood;
thou savest those that on thee call;
to those that seek thee thou art good,
to those that find thee, all in all.

We taste thee, O thou living Bread,
and long to feast upon thee still;
we drink of thee, the fountain-head,
and thirst our souls from thee to fill.

Our restless spirits yearn for thee,
where’er our changeful lot is cast,
glad when thy gracious smile we see,
blest when our faith can hold thee fast.

O Jesus, ever with us stay;
make all our moments calm and bright;
chase the dark night of sin away;
shed o’er the world thy holy light.

Text: 12th Century Tr R Palmer 1808-87
Tune: Wareham CH4 748 Melody by William Knapp 1698-1768


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Prelude in B minor BWV 544

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod