Month: June 2008

The 2nd Millennium of St Paul

The celebrations marking the 2nd Millennium of St Paul began on June 29th throughout the world. Here in the Archdiocese there were discussions on how to celebrate the year, and plans so far included an ecumenical Vespers of St Paul at St Kessog’s, Balloch, at 3 pm on Sunday June 29th to launch the Year. Fr. Sean Fitzgerald will welcome the St Mungo Singers and instrumentalists along with representatives of other churches. A booklet and CD with some of the ‘Canticles’ or hymns which are quoted in the Letters of St Paul will be available in September, and next year there will be a ‘St Paul’ Cantata for schools. Amongst others, Dr Noel S Donnelly, Brother Stephen E Smyth and Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick have been working on and using the Pauline Canticles for some time. Isn’t it remarkable that Christians in the middle of the 1st century A.D. could express their faith and hope in the words of the hymn – or Canticle – quoted here: We bless the God and Father Words © Stephen Smyth taken from Ephesians 1: 3-10 (Tune; Bunessan (as in Christ be beside me) here is also a new tune by Gerry Fitzpatrick available from St Mungo Music.) We bless the God and Father of Jesus for he has blessed us freely in Christ. He chose to lavish spiritual blessings from highest heaven. all...

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Argyll & the Isles May Music Weekend

The May Music weekend was declared the best ever by those who attended – and who are we to argue? A total of 45 came to Kinnoull and enjoyed the well-tested mix of new and old music, liturgy, talks and socialising. As well as revisiting pieces learned at the previous Music Weekend in September 2007, the participants learned some new choral pieces including Liam Lawton’s setting of psalm 95, the Taize setting of Psalm 102, Fr. Gerry’s Psalm 117 (d), Martie Haugen’s Evening Hymn (from the Holden Evening Prayer) and a setting of the Sanctus, also by Lawton. Mgr. Jamie MacNeil spoke at the Friday evening session on the importance of the Eucharist for preaching salvation in the modern world. There is much still to do to realise the Council’s view of liturgy which involved the renewed concept of the common priesthood of the faithful and the awareness of “being church”. The Sunday Mass of the Kinnoull parish community again provided the opportunity to put what we had learned in terms of music and liturgy into practice, and the warm response of the parishioners was very...

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