Month: July 2009

Psalm 66c: May he bless us

Psalm 66 c Words (c) The Grail, England. Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick. Recorded by Mary Bradley in St Albert’s, Glasgow. May he bless us, may he keep us, may he show his face and give us his peace. O God, be gracious and bless us; let your face shed its light upon us. So will your ways be known on the earth and all nations learn of your saving help. May he bless us, may he keep us, may he show his face and give us his peace. Let all the nations exult with joy for you rule all the world with justice. With fairness you command every people, guide every nation upon the earth. May he bless us, may he keep us, may he show his face and give us his...

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Psalm 23: Come to me

Ps 23: Come to me and I shall give you rest. Words and music (c) Noel S Donnelly Recorded by Grace Buckley in Pluscarden Abbey Come to me and I shall give you rest. Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall come and stand before his throne? Those who come are just and pure of heart. They have not gone after worthless things. Come to me and I shall give you rest. They receive all blessings from the Lord. They rejoice before the God who saves. Those who seek the face of God shall live In the presence of the God of love. Come to me and I shall give you rest....

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Psalm 24: Lord, let me know your ways

Psalm 24: Lord, let me know your ways. Words © The Grail, England. Music © Gerry Fitzpatrick 1993 Lord, let me know your ways, let me know your ways. Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths. Let me walk in your truth, and teach me, Lord, teach me, Lord. You are God, my saviour. The Lord is good to all; he guides those who stray, Leading the humble in the right path, and teaching the poor, Teaching the poor. He is the Lord, all loving. God’s ways are faithfulness, are loving and true. He loves the faithful who do his will and keep to his ways, keep in his love. He is our God, our...

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St. Margaret of Scotland Hospice: Mass of Thanksgiving on 2 July 2009

As Cardinal O’Brien said in his homily, the Sisters of Charity had organised everything, even the weather, for their celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the death of their founder, Mother Mary Aitkenhead and the formal blessing of their new Mary Aitkenhead Centre for the elderly. It was a gloriously warm day for the double celebration, so warm in fact that the balloons decorating the grounds and buildings started to swell and burst during the Mass, startling the congregation. There was also plenty of competition from large low-flying planes, as the Hospice is on the flight path to Glasgow Airport, and some of the planes sounded as though they were about to join the service! Preparing for the Mass-Dr. Donnelly checks his clarsach Jane McKenna at the organ However nothing could spoil the day. A large marquee had been donated for the day and it was filled to capacity with invited dignitaries and guests, patients and staff and their families. Cardinal O’Brien was the principal celebrant and was joined by Archbishop Conti, Bishop Tartaglia and a number of priests from the Archdiocese of Glasgow. The musical support was provided by a group of the St. Mungo Singers under their director, Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, with organist Jane McKenna and Dr. Noel Donnelly on clarsach (not counting the occasional audio input from the planes and the bursting balloons). The Sisters had...

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Diaconate Ordinations for Archdiocese of Glasgow 28 June 2009

The sense of joy and celebration was palpable even before you entered St. Mary’s, Calton. Welcoming banners and beautiful tubs of flowers greeted people as they assembled from all parts of the Archdiocese to witness the historic ordination of our first permanent deacons. They are: John Cairns from Christ the King’s Andrew Davis from St. Robert’s Jim Dean from St. Gregory’s Frank Flynn from St. Margaret’s Jack Gallacher from St. Catherine Laboure’s Kevin Kelly from St. Robert’s Jim Kernaghan from St. Simon’s Bernard Lavery from Holy Family & St. Ninian’s Thomas Morrison from St. Brendan’s Edward McDonald from St. Paul’s, Shettleston Kenny McGeachie from St. Paul’s, Shettleston Michael O’Donnell from St. Mary’s Inside the church itself, full to capacity of relatives, friends and fellow parishioners of the twelve men to be ordained, there was a buzz of excitement and a real feeling of community. Then, as the Archbishop entered with the candidates, accompanies by a large number of diocesan priests, the opening processional hymn – “Grace to you and peace” – enveloped and gathered everyone together as a worshipping community, and led them into the singing of the canticle from St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians to the familiar tune of “Alleluia, sing to Jesus!”. The sense of celebration continued with the singing of the Gloria from the St. Gregory Mass by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick. The readings and psalm...

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