The Fourth Sunday in Advent – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

4th Sunday in Advent

Sunday 19th December 2021

Organ Music

J.S.Bach Meine Seele erhebt den Herren BWV 648
Henri Dallier Monstra te esse matrem

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


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



Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and one another, in thought, word and deed. Of your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Missa Aeterna Christi munera Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Tone ii)

First Lesson St Luke 1 39-45

Metrical Psalm

Ye gates lift up your heads on high;
ye doors that last for ay
be lifted up, that so the King
of glory enter may!
But who of glory is the King?
The mighty Lord is this,
ev’n that same Lord, that great in might
and strong in battle is.

The Gospel    St Luke 1  46-55

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.

Missa Aeterna Christi munera Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina


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

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

Mary wandered through a wood of thorns,
Lord, have mercy.
Mary wandered through a wood of thorns,
Which was leafless for seven years.
Jesus and Mary.

Who did Mary bear beneath her bosom?
Lord, have mercy.
A little babe without pain,
Whom Mary bore beneath her bosom.
Jesus and Mary.

The thorns had roses there,
Lord, have mercy.
As the babe was carried through the woods,
There were roses with thorns on them.
Jesus and Mary.

Music: Heinrich Kaminski 1886-1946



Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;
his holy Name, the Lord, the Mighty One.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children’s children and for evermore!

Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith b.1926 From Luke 1  46-55
Tune: Woodlands CH4 286 Walter Greatorex 1877-1949


Organ Voluntary

Herbert Howells Rhapsody IV

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod