Month: February 2008

Mass of our Celtic Roots

January finished with the Annual Mass of our Celtic Roots in St. Aloysius Garnethill. This service which takes place during the Celtic Connections Festival, has now become part of the “fringe” events and attracted a capacity congregation. The musical support came from a great mix of instrumentalists, including Claire O’Neill of Aisling Gheal (violin), some of the Southside Fiddlers (violin, cello and accordion), Scott Glasgow (pipes), Carissa Bovill (violin and clarsach), Theresa Irving (clarsach) Eddie Foley (violin), Anne Marie Berrie (guitar), who blended together to produce a warm and enthusing atmosphere which encouraged all present to sing. The vocal support came from the St. Mungo Singers and the choir of St. Mungo’s, Alloa. The music of the Mass reflects the Celtic theme. In addition to more familiar pieces, such as Ps. 62 to the tune “Iona” and “We cannot tell” to the Londonderry Air, Chilcott’s setting of “Be Thou My vision” was sung by the St. Mungo Singers and “Bhan-Rhighinn Nan Eilean” by Sineag MacIntyre from South Uist, a 4th Year student at the RSAMD. The readings, as in previous years, were in English, Irish Gaelic and Scots Gaelic, and a welcome to the service in all three languages was also given, courtesy of Fr. Noel Colford (who presided), Fr. Noel Barry, and Fr. Angus MacDonald. Fr. MacDonald, in his homily linked up the threads of music, Education Sunday...

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Vita Kentigerni or the Life of St Mungo

In the 12th century Bishop Jocelyn of Glasgow invited Jocelyn, a monk of Furness in northern England, to write a proper life of St Mungo, or Kentigern, since the sources for a life of the saint were in some disarray! In 2008 the City of Glasgow was able to present a facsimile copy of this Vita Kentigerni (courtesy of the City of Dublin) to the Mitchell Library, the University of Glasgow, the Archdiocese of Glasgow and Glasgow Cathedral. The book was available to the public in the Mitchell Library on the Saturday nearest the traditional feast day of St Mungo, 13th January. As well as excerpts from the Life (read in the original Latin by Archbishop Conti and in the new English translation by Dr. Laurence Whitley, the Minister of Glasgow Cathedral), there was appropriate music in the form of the plainchant versicle and doxology from the Office of St. Kentigern and the Glasgow anthem Let Glasgow Flourish, sung by a group of the St. Mungo Singers. This may have a very unusual style of presentation for the Mitchell and its users but they took part with enthusiasm and the City are to be congratulated on a well-organised and enjoyable event. Copies of the Life have also been given to Glasgow Cathedral and the Archdiocese. During the ceremony in the Mitchell the hope was expressed that that this would...

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