The First Sunday after Christmas

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Christmas Readings and Music at 11.30am

1st Sunday after Christmas

Sunday 27th December 2020

Organ Music

William Lloyd Webber Interlude on the Coventry Carol
John Ireland The Holy Boy

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Angels, from the realms of glory,
wing your flight o’er all the earth;
ye who sang creation’s story,
now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
Gloria in excelsis Deo

Shepherds in the field abiding,
watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing,
yonder shines the infant Light:

Wise men, leave your contemplations;
brighter visions beam afar;
seek the great Desire of nations;
ye have seen his natal star:

All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son,
evermore your voices raising
to the eternal Three in One.

Text: James Montgomery 1771-1854
Tune: Iris

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created.
He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike, old and young together!
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.




Gracious God, we thank you for the gift of the Christ child, for the miracle of new life and for the promise of new creation for all. We confess that even in the wake of the birth of our Saviour, we are overwhelmed by exhaustion, fear, and doubt. We fear for our own security, and we still have not learned to put aside our anxiety and place our trust in you. Help us trust in the little child who shall lead us. Help us to live into the promise of the newness of Christmas. We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem to bring your light into the world.

Declaration of Pardon

Reading St Luke 2 22-40


Quem pastores laudavere

Shepherds left their flocks astraying
God’s command with joy obeying,
When they heard the angel saying:
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’.

Wise men came from far, and saw him:
Knelt in homage to adore him:
Precious gifts they laid before him:
Gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Let us now in every nation
Sing his praise with exultation.
All the world shall find salvation
In the birth of Mary’s Son.

Text and melody: German 14th century; harmonized Ralph Vaughan Williams

Reading Christmas Eve  Christina Rossetti


The wise men and the star

Sovereign scholars, weary of waiting
startled by starlight that kindles the sky.
Eager for answers, destiny drives them,
watching with wonder, they follow the star.

Passing by palaces, greedy and golden,
threading the byways of winter and cold,
come to a doorway, low-built and lamplit
eagerly enter under the star.

Source of all starlight, simply they see him,
laid in a manger and haloed with hay.
Bright in his beauty, shrouded with shadows,
Steady the star shines. Follow the star.

Text: Lucia Quinault
Music: Oliver Tarney

Reading A Christmas Hymn Richard Wilbur


Myn Lyking

I saw a fair mayden sytten and sing.
She lulled a lyttel childe, a swete Lording.
Lullay myn lyking, my dere sonne, my sweeting.
Lullay my dere herte, myn own dere derling.

That same Lord is he that made alle thing;
Of alle lordis he is Lord, of alle kynges Kyng.
There was mickle melody at that chylde’s birth.
All that were in heav’nly blisse they made mickle mirth.
Angels bright sang their song to that chylde,
Blyssid be thou and so be she so meke and so milde.

Text: 15th century
Music: R.R.Terry  (1864-1938)

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.


Hark, the herald-angels sing
glory to the new-born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic host proclaim,
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem.’
Hark, the herald-angels sing
glory to the new-born King.

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see:
hail, the incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace:
hail, the Sun of Righteousness.
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give them second birth.

Text: Charles Wesley 1707-88, and others
Music: Felix Mendelssohn arr. W.H. Cummings 1831-1915


Organ Voluntary
J.S.Bach In dulci jubilo BWV 729

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by Rev Calum I MacLeod
The cantor was Marjory Lobban
The organ was played by Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music

The hymns were recorded in 1999 by the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral, John Harris Assistant Organist, Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music. The wise men and the star was recorded by the Choir remotely in December 2020.