Month: September 2009

St Eunan or Adamnan: hymn & ‘newsflash’

Eunan or Adamnan: 624 – 703. Notes based on research by Jim Kearns, Clydebank in 1998. St Eunan or Adamnan was probably born at Gartan in County Donegal about 624 AD. He joined the community at Iona and while there wrote his Life of Columba, his kinsman. In 663 AD he attended the Synod of Whitby (as a representative of Iona) which decided that the Christian churches should accept the more widely spread Roman date for celebrating Easter. About 679 AD he became 9th abbot of Iona. It took the monks of Iona several years to accept the Synod’s decisions, and in the meantime Eunan made Glen Lyon in Perthshire his base and taught amongst the people there. The church at Fortingall in Glen Lyon has a baptismal font dating from his time and a hand bell known to some as ‘Adamnan’s Bell’. (There is a copy of this bell in the museum at Kilmartin and the copy was used at the opening of the First Ecumenical Gathering of the Year 2001). Eunan took a prominent part in the Synod held at Birr in Northern Ireland which proclaimed the ‘Law of the Innocents’ sometimes called ‘Adamnan’s Law’. (Gilbert Marcus researched this ‘Law’ and published a book on it in the 1990s.) Eunan died in Glen Lyon in 703AD. He was buried at Dull near Aberfeldy, and his remains were...

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St Bride: hymn & intercessions

St Bride Hymn: words anon. Music by J Hallett Shepherd. http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/st-bride.mp3 Saint of loving kindness, hear thy children’s song, guard the hearts that love thee and to thee belong. So if evil tempts us to forget thy name, Put thy white cloak round us, saint of purest fame. By the beauty blighted in the the morn of Spring, make our gifts as royal to our Lord and King. Not for thee the splendour or the gilted crown; richer far thy treasure, fairer thy renown. Mary ever led thee in thy splendid task, so Bride’s hand shall bring us to Christ’s feet at last. When the shadows darken, when the night is here, Bride, O Bride of brightness, help us be thee near. St Bride or Bridget St Bride is just about the most popular Saint of the Irish after Patrick himself. She is Brigid of Kildare, “the Prophetess of Christ”, “the Mary of the Gael” and her fame spread in the 6th century not only to nearby Scotland and England, but all over Europe and beyond. She was the daughter of a pagan nobleman and of a Christian mother. Despite her father wishing her to marry, she chose to live the community life of a nun and founded a Convent in Kildare. She was famous for her charitable work among the poor. She died circa 523. Intercessions Let us...

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St Gregory the Great:Icon and hymn

Icon of St Gregory painted and (c) by Netta Ewing and hymn written and (c) Noel S Donnelly for the Glasgow celebrations of the 14th centenary of St Gregory the Great.   http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/St_Greg_hymn.mp3 Great Doctor of our church! When faith and morals waned your leadership from Rome was heard. Teach us to live with faith. Praise Father, Son and Spirit! Praise our loving God! Monastic life was yours where prayer and order reigned. Inspire our liturgy and song with dignity and prayer. Praise Father, Son and Spirit! Praise our loving God! Your legal mind was blest to serve the Church with care. Bring order to our wayward lives that we may better serve. Praise Father, Son and Spirit! Praise our loving God! Through famine, plague and war you served the poor with love. For love of all you burned out self. Inspire us now to serve. Praise Father, Son and Spirit! Praise our loving God! Great shepherd of Christ’s flock, your pastoral care was planned to train your church in skill and grace. May grace with knowledge flower. Praise Father, Son and Spirit! Praise our loving...

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St. Mary of the Assumption – the Pro-Cathedral of Glasgow

With the closure of St. Andrew’s Cathedral for major repair and renovation work, the Archdiocese of Glasgow experienced an unusual and, for the majority of those attending, a unique service, the marking of the establishment of a church as Pro-Cathedral where the Archbishop’s chair (his “cathedra”) will be placed until the Cathedral is once more available. As the Mass leaflet for the service noted, the cathedra is the “sign of the Archbishop’s teaching office and pastoral power in the diocese and of….the unity of believers”. The creation of St. Mary’s as Pro-Cathedral was marked by a Mass at which Archbishop Conti formally took his seat in the sanctuary and the Decree creating St. Mary’s new status was read. Appropriately the Mass was held on 15 August, the Solemnity of the Assumption. The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion and a number of priests, including Mgr. McElroy, the Adminstrator of St. Andrews, and Mgr. Smith, the Parish Priest of St. Mary’s, joined the Archbishop for the celebration. The music of the Mass was led by the St. Mungo Singers. The service opened with the Magnificat. The Psalm of the feast is Psalm 44,which was sung to the setting by Dr. Noel Donnelly. The Marian theme was continued with the hymn “Mary the Dawn and Christ the light of day” during the preparation of the gifts. After the Communion, the...

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