The Fourth Sunday in Advent – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

4th Sunday in Advent

Sunday 19th December 2021

Organ Music

Marcel Dupré Ave Maris Stella II
Marcel Dupré Magnificat V


The Angel Gabriel

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame:
‘From God, all hail,’ the angel said to Mary,
‘most highly favoured lady!’

Text: S Baring-Gould 1834-1924 from St Luke 1  26
Music: Basque carol arr. David Willcocks

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Wake, awake, for night is flying!
the watchmen on the heights are crying:
Awake, Jerusalem, at last!
Midnight hears the welcome voices,
and at the thrilling cry rejoices:
Come forth, you virgins, night is past!
The Bridegroom comes; awake, your lamps with gladness take;
and for his marriage feast prepare,
for ye must go to meet him there.

Zion hears the watchmen singing,
and all her heart with joy is springing;
she wakes, she rises from her gloom;
for her Lord comes down all-glorious,
the strong in grace, in truth victorious;
her Star is risen, her Light is come!
Ah come, Thou blessèd One God’s own belovèd Son;
We follow to the festal hall
to sup with you the Lord of all.

All the heavens and earth adore you,
and saints and angels sing before you,
with harp and cymbal’s clearest tone;
Zion’s gates of pearl before us
resound as angels sing in chorus
and lead us to your dazzling throne.
No mortal eye nor ear can comprehend
or bear such great glory;
but we rejoice, and sing the song,
Through ages long.

Text: Philipp Nicolai 1556-1608 Tr. Catherine Winkworth 1827-78
Tune: Wachet auf CH4 278 Melody by Philipp Nicolai 1556-1608

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Richard Lloyd 1933-2021




Loving God, you chose Mary, full of grace, to be the mother of our Lord and saviour. Fill us with your grace that in all things we may embrace your will and with her rejoice in your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

First Lesson               St Luke 1  39-45

The Choir sings the MAGNIFICAT

My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel: as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Second Lesson           St Luke 1  46-55


Creator of the stars of night,
your people’s everlasting light,
O Christ, redeemer of us all,
we pray you, hear us when we call.

When earth drew on to darkest night,
you came, but not in splendour bright,
not as a king, but as the child
of Mary, Virgin mother mild.

At your great name, majestic now,
all knees must bend, all hearts must bow:
all things on earth with one accord
join those in heaven to call you Lord.

To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
praise, honour, might and glory be 
from age to age eternally.

Text: Latin hymn 9th century Trans J.M.Neale 1818-1866
Music: Conditor alme CH4 288 Tone iv



Over the hills did Mary go

Over the hills did Mary
go In haste to greet Elizabeth
Whose babe within her womb did leap
Inspired then by the Holy Ghost
She named her mother of the Lord.
Then Mary with joy thus did sing:
My soul doth magnify,
My spirit in God rejoiceth
He is my Lord so fear thou Him;
He will always be merciful.

So shall we then remain at home?
Let us likewise go o’er the hills
There let us all as one receive
The greeting of the Holy Ghost
The will our hearts uplifted be
Our mouth shall thus faithfully sing:
My soul doth magnify,
My spirit in God rejoiceth
He is my Lord so fear thou Him;
He will always be merciful.

Music: Johannes Eccard 1553-1611


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.


O come, O come Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
in ancient times didst give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe:

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save,
and give them victory o’er the grave:

O come, thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery:

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight:

Text: 18th Century, based on Advent Antiphons Tr. J.M.Neale 1818-66
Tune: Veni Emmanuel CH4 273 15th Century Plainsong melody


Organ Voluntary

Flor Peeters Toccata, Fugue et Hymne sur Ave Maris Stella

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod