The Second Sunday after Easter

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Prayer at 11.30am

2nd Sunday after Easter

Sunday 18th April 2021

Organ Music
C.V.Stanford Prelude Op 101 No 1
J.S.Bach Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 649

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You gave me room when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.
How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.

When you are disturbed, do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’
You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.


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.

Declaration of Pardon 
First Lesson               Acts 3  12-16

Music for Reflection
Jesus, unser Trost und Leben
Jesu, hope of men despairing,
to the lost, salvation bearing,
when with such triumphant might
thou o’er cam’st thy foes in fight.
Breaking bars of death’s dark prison,
gloriously thou hast arisen.
Alleluia, alleluia!

Text: Ernst Christoph Homburg 1605-1681
Music: J.S.Bach 1685-1750

Second Lesson           St Luke 24  36-48

O for a closer walk with God,

O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame;
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the lamb!

Return, O holy dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest;
I hate the sins that made thee mourn,
And drove thee from my breast.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the lamb.

Text: William Cowper 1731-1800
Music: C.V. Stanford 1852-1924

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.

The Song of Simeon

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen :
thy salvation;
Which thou hast prepared :
before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Tone vi


Organ Voluntary
Félix-Alexandre Guilmant Grand Choeur in D

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by Rev Craig Meek
The cantor was Clare Brady
The organ was played by Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music

Today’s anthem was recorded remotely in lockdown in 2021 by members of the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral, Jordan English, Assistant Organist, Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music.