Month: October 2009

Funerals: Final Commendation

Final Commendation and Farewell Receive His/her Soul : Text from the English translation of the Order of Christian Funerals (c) 1985 ICEL. Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick. Recorded by Grace Buckley and The St Mungo Singers. http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/receive-her-bnc.mp3 Download MP3 Receive her soul, receive her soul, and present her to God the Most High. Receive her soul, receive her soul & present her to God the Most High Saints of God come to her aid. Hasten to meet her, angels of the Lord . Receive her soul, receive her soul & present her to God the Most High May Christ who called you take you to himself. May angels lead you to Abraham side. Receive her soul, receive her soul & present her to God the Most High Eternal rest give unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. Receive her soul, receive her soul & present her to God the Most High...

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Celebrations for the Canonisation of St. Jeanne Jugan

Glasgow’s Little Sisters of the Poor have celebrated with joy and enthusiasm the canonisation of their foundress, Jeanne Jugan. On the day of the canonisation itself, the community of St. Joseph’s, Robroyston, had a Mass for the sisters, residents, staff and friends at the Home. As the size of the chapel at the Home rather limited the number of people who could attend, a larger celebration to mark the event was held on the following Sunday (25th October) in St. Thomas the Apostle church. However there was always the possibility that even the larger venue would prove insufficient, given the popularity of the Little Sisters in the heart of Glaswegians. As one priest commented, they might need elastic walls to accommodate all who wanted to come! In the event, it was standing room only as the service started. Archbishop Conti was principal celebrant, and he was joined by over 20 priests from the Archdiocese and a large contingent of the St. Mungo Singers to lead the music, with further musical support from Noel Donnelly on clarsach. The joyful tone of the celebration was obvious from the beginning, with the opening hymn “God, we praise you” being sung with gusto by the capacity congregation. The Dunkeld Gloria maintained the sense of joyful thanks in the warm acoustic of St. Thomas’s. The response to the psalm for the Sunday, Psalm 125...

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Vespers of St. Teresa

The Glasgow Archdiocesan Music Association has promoted sung Evening Prayer (Vespers) in the Archdiocese over a number of years, both through the provision of liturgical resources and, with the help of the St. Mungo Singers, the support of celebrations of Evening Prayer. This has included ecumenical services for which Vespers have proven very suited. Vespers can be held to celebrate a specific Feast, and most recently the St. Mungo Singers joined the congregation of St. Teresa’s. Possilpark, to honour their patron saint. The choir set the ambience for the service with the singing of Walford Davies “God be in my Head” and Pam Murray’s “Mary, full of Grace”. Then the service began with “Holy God, we praise thy name”, a rich sound in the beautiful setting of St. Teresa’s to which the choir added depth with harmonies and descant. After a warm welcome from Fr. Hendry, the Parish priest, candles were lit as the choir sang “Hail Gladdening Light”, a beautiful setting by Geoffrey Shaw of a hymn which is very appropriate for Vespers. The psalms for the service were Psalms 112 (a new setting by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick in responsorial form) and Psalm 62 (a setting in hymn form with words by John Bell to a well known Scottish tune). The Canticle was Noel Donnelly’s setting (words and music) of the Canticle from First Ephesians. After the reading,...

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Mass for Commissioning of Catechists

This year, we have celebrated another unique service in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, this time in Our Lady of Good Counsel church. The service was a Mass of Commissioning for Catechists for service in the Archdiocese. A group of 17 candidates, all ladies, were presented for commissioning, having successfully completed two years of study under the new Catechesis course run jointly by the Archdiocese and the University of Glasgow. The candidates come from a wide spread of parishes:- Mary Teresa Bell Nancy Longster St. Patrick’s. Dumbarton Grace Buckley St. Leo the Great, Dumbreck Ann Marie Clark Isabella Montgomery Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dennistoun Mary Fyvie St. Mary’s Duntocher Jennifer Gallagher St. Joseph’s, Helensburgh Elizabeth Kelly Mary Michie Immaculate Conception, Maryhill Jackie P S Mackay St. Stephen’s, Dalmuir Eleanor Magennis Aileen O’Gorman St. Dominic’s, Bishopbriggs Helen Mills St. Roch’s, Royston Sr. Ann-Marie Nicholas Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary Margaret Savage St. Gregory Barbarigo, Wyndford Yasmin Trenner St. Kessog’s, Balloch Katrina Vezza St. Thomas the Apostle, Riddrie They were accompanied by family and friends, and many of the parishioners of Good Counsel parish joined them for the celebration. The principal celebrant was Archbishop Conti, who was joined by Fr. Tom Kilbride (who, as Director of the Religious Education Department had overseen the running of the course) and a number of the parish priests from the candidates’ parishes. The readings (Joel 3:1-5;...

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