Month: November 2008

The Legend of St Mungo: A Cantata for schools

A cantata, as originally devised by St Philip Neri, was an event designed to help children celebrate and remember biblical stories or stories of saints. It originated in Rome at the parish which eventually became known as the ‘Chiesa Nuova’. The ‘cantata’ involved any resources that the group concerned had available – music, readings, dancing, solo and group singing, miming, praying, acting . . . whatever would help them celebrate and remember. The Cantata: ‘Mungo’ was written by David Morris and Gerry Fitzpatrick and performed for Glasgow’s Year of Culture and repeated for the 14th centenary of the death of St Mungo. In 1990 it involved the St Mungo Singers with 5 schools and St Andrew’s Brass in St Mungo’s Cathedral, and was then celebrated in St Mungo’s Church and then the Kelvin Hall with 68 schools! In 2004 more than 20 schools performed the cantata in Our Lady and St George’s church, Penilee in the presence of Lord Provost Liz Cameron and many distinguished guests from Glasgow Churches Together and the Department of...

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Versicle, Doxology and Prayer of Vespers

Versicle, Doxology and Prayer of Vespers from the Office of St. Kentigern (The Sprouston Breviary) Deus in adjutorium meum intende: Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen Oremus Deus, qui beatum Kentegernum pontificem ecclesiae tuae doctorem pariter et rectorem mirifice presignasti, praesta quaesumus: ut cuius venerandam festivitatem agimus, ipsius simper subfragia senciamus per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen Translation O God, come to my aid: O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, And ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Prayer God, who wonderfully distinguished Blessed Kentigern, bishop of the church, as teacher and pastor, grant that as we celebrate his feast we may experience the effect of his prayers Though Christ our Lord....

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Opening Prayer for the Mass of St Mungo or Kentigern

Lord our God, You chose St Kentigern as bishop To spread the light of faith by the preaching of your Word: Grant our prayer That we who celebrate his memory May always be true to his teaching And so grow daily in faith and holiness. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen. Words ©...

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The Story of St Mungo

In recent times there has been a renewal of interest in St Mungo in Glasgow, the city with whose foundation he is associated, and on whose Coat of Arms he features. Mungo’s mother, known as St. Enoch, was the daughter of the Brythonic king, Lleuddun who ruled in the Haddington region of Scotland, possibly the Kingdom of Gododdin in the Old North. She became pregnant by Owain mab Urien according to the British Library manuscript. Her furious father had her thrown from the heights of Traprain Law. Surviving, she was then abandoned in a coracle in which she drifted across the River Forth to Culross in Fife, where Mungo was born. Mungo was brought up by Saint Serf who served the Picts in that area. It was Serf who gave him his popular pet-name. At the age of twenty-five, Mungo began his missionary labours near the Clyde, on the site of modern Glasgow. Christianity had already been introduced to the region by Saint Ninian and his followers welcomed the saint and procured his consecration by an Irish bishop. He built his church at the confluence of the Clyde and the Molendinar Burn, where the present medieval cathedral now stands. For some thirteen years, he laboured in the district, living a most austere life in a small cell and making many converts by his holy example and his preaching. A...

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