The Second Sunday in Lent – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

2nd Sunday in Lent

Sunday 13th March 2022

Organ Music

Sigfrid Karg-Elert Sollt ich meinem Gott nicht singen
Herbert Howells Prelude De profundis


Hear me O God

Hear me O God in the multitude of thy mercy
Even in the truth of thy salvation

Text: Psalm 69 v14
Music: Stuart Murray Mitchell


Take up your cross’, the Saviour said,
‘if you would my disciple be;
take up your cross with willing heart
and humbly follow after me.’

Take up your cross-let not its weight
fill your weak soul with vain alarm;
his strength shall bear your spirit up,
and brace your heart, and nerve your arm.

Take up your cross, nor heed the shame
and let your foolish pride be still:
the Lord refused not even to die
upon a cross, on Calvary’s hill.

Take up your cross, then, in his strength
and calmly every danger brave;
it guides you to a better home,
and leads to victory o’er the grave.

Take up your cross and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for only those who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.

Text: Charles William Everest 1814-1877
Music: Breslau CH4 402 (i) German Traditional Melody in form used by Mendelssohn (1836)

Scripture Sentences

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

John Reading c1685-1764




Almighty God, your Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross. Give us faith to perceive his glory, that being strengthened by his grace we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

First Lesson               Philippians 3  17 – 4  1

The Choir sings Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Second Lesson           St Luke 13  31-35


I love the Lord, because he heard
my voice and earnest plea;
and while I live I’ll call on him
who turned his ear to me.

The snares of death encompassed me,
hell had me in its grasp;
by grief and sorrow I was held,
no comfort could I clasp.

I called upon the name of God,
I called, and called again,
‘Deliver now my soul, O Lord,
deliver me from pain.’

The Lord is gracious. God is good
and shows unfailing care.
God saves the meek: I was brought low;
he raised me from despair.

Be still, my soul, be calm again,
resume your quiet rest;
for God has kindly dealt with you,
his generous love expressed.

Text: Psalm 116  1-7 The Scottish Psalter 1929
Music: St Flavian (Old 132nd) CH4 75 Adapted from melody for Psalm 132 in The English Psalter 1562



Timor et tremor

Fear and trembling came over me,
and darkness fell over me:
have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy on me,
for my soul trusts in you.
Hear, O God, my prayer,
for you are my refuge and my strong helper.
Lord, I have called upon you, I shall not be confounded

Text: Psalms 55  5; 57  1; 61  1;71  2,6; 31  19
Music: Francis Poulenc 1899-1963


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.


Come down, O Love divine,
seek out this soul of mine,
and visit it with your own ardour glowing;
O comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, your holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes, in its heat consuming;
and let your glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
my outward vesture be,
and lowliness become my inner clothing;
true lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
we cannot guess its grace,
till we become the place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Text: Bianco da Siena (d.1434) Tr. Richard Littledale (1833-1890)
Tune: Down Ampney CH4 489 R.Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


Organ Voluntary

Jehan Alain Choral (Suite)

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod