The First Sunday in Lent – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

1st Sunday in Lent

Sunday 6th March 2022

Organ Music

J.S.Bach Herzlich thut mich verlangen BWV 727
Louis Vierne Arabesque


Make me a clean heart O God

Make me a clean heart O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Music: George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)


Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descending,
comes our homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, we now receive him
in the body and the blood,
as he gives to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
streams before him on the way,
as the Light of light descending
from the realms of endless day,
conquers all the powers of darkness,
drives the gloom of hell away.

At his feet the six-winged Seraph;
cherubim with sleepless eye
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
‘Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, Lord most high.’

Text: Liturgy of St James Tr. Gerard Moultrie 1829-85
Music: Picardy CH4 666 French Carol Melody



God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess on this first Sunday in Lent that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way. We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained, and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Mass in G minor Ralph Vaughan Williams

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Tonus Peregrinus)

First Lesson               Deuteronomy 26  1-11

Metrical Psalm

He that doth in the secret place
of the most High reside,
Under the shade of him that is
th’ Almighty shall abide.

I of the Lord my God will say,
He is my refuge still,
He is my fortress, and my God,
and in him trust I will.

Assuredly he shall thee save,
and give deliverance
From subtile fowler’s snare, and from
the noisome pestilence.

His feathers shall thee hide; thy trust
under his wings shall be:
His faithfulness shall be a shield
and buckler unto thee.

Text: Psalm 91  1-4
Music: St Mary Melody from Prys’ Llyfr y Psalmau 1621

The Gospel    St Luke 4  1-13

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.

Mass in G minor Ralph Vaughan Williams


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

Ubi caritas et amor

Where charity and love are, God is there. The love of Christ
has united us. Let us rejoice and be glad in him. Let us fear
and love the living God and adore him from a sincere heart.
Where charity and love are, God is there. Amen.

Text: Paulinus of Aquileia c726 – 802
Music: Ola Gjeilo b.1978



Forty days and forty nights
thou wast fasting in the wild;
forty days and forty nights
tempted, and yet undefiled.

Sunbeams scorching day by day;
chilly dew-drops nightly shed;
prowling beasts about thy way;
stones thy pillow, earth thy bed.

Shall not we thy sorrows share,
learn thy discipline of will,
and, like thee by fast and prayer,
wrestle with the powers of ill?

And if Satan, vexing sore,
flesh and spirit shall assail?
thou, his vanquisher before,
wilt not suffer us to fail.

Watching, praying, struggling thus;
victory ours at last shall be;
angels minster to us
as they ministered to thee.

Text: George Smyttan 1822-70 and Francis Pott 1832-1909 (altered)
Tune: Aus der Tiefe (Heinlein) CH4 337 Melody from Nürnbergisches Gesangbuch 1676-7


Organ Voluntary

Herbert Howells Psalm Prelude Set 2 No 1

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod