The Fourth Sunday after Easter – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

4th Sunday after Easter

Sunday 15th May 2022

Organ Music

Charles-Marie Widor Méditation (Symphonie I)
Pierre Cochereau Berceuse


Holy is the true light

Holy is the True Light,
and passing wonderful,
lending radiance to them that endured
in the heat of the conflict.
From Christ they inherit
a home of unfading splendour,
wherein they rejoice with gladness evermore.

Text: from the Salisbury Diurnal
Music: William Harris 1883-1973


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

Richard Ayleward 1626-1669




Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people the grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson               Revelation 21  1-6

The Choir sings Psalm 148

Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.

Second Lesson           St John 13  31-35


Fairest Lord Jesus,
ruler of all nature
O thou of God and Man the Son;
thee will I cherish,
thee will I honour,
thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows
fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the verdure and bloom of spring.
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer,
he makes the saddest heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
fairer still the moonlight,
and fair the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
than all the stars that heaven can boast.

Text: Münster Gesangbuch 1677 Tr. Lilian Stevenson 1870-1960 and others
Music: Schönster Herr Jesu  CH4 463 Silesian Melody from Schleswige Volkelieder, Leipzig 1842



Ecce vicit Leo

Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah,
the root of David,
hath prevailed to open the book
and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power,
and godliness,
and wisdom,
and strength,
and honour,
and glory,
and blessing.

Text: Revelation 5  5, 12
Music: Peter Philips 1561-1628


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.


Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

Text: Jan Struther 1901-53
Tune: Miniver CH4 166 Cyril Vincent Taylor 1907-1991


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Craig Meek