Month: December 2009

Carols for Peace 2009

There was some concern as we arrived for the Carols for Peace service in the City Chambers on 20th December this year. It had turned to snow and the big question was whether the singers, the instrumentalists and indeed the congregation would make it to the service. We needn’t have worried. Despite the weather, there was a great turnout of people and a really warm atmosphere to the whole celebration. Scott Glasgow piped to welcome people at the entry to the City Chambers, Carissa Bovill and Clare O’Neill played for them as they went up the grand staircase, and music from the Salvation Army band from Rutherglen, a group of instrumentalists and the youngsters of the Southside Fiddlers greeted them as they gathered for the service. The service itself began with the singing of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” as Bailie McMaster, representing the Lord Provost, led in representatives of Glasgow Churches Together. Bailie McMaster then welcomed everyone to the service which was now in its 9th year. It brought together (she said) the best of music, song, choristers and musicians, and gave an opportunity to take time out from the Christmas rush. She reminded the congregation that we were fortunate to live in a place of relative peace, with freedoms which we often take for granted. Christmas can be a time of stress for some; for others it...

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Blessing of the Crib in Glasgow

The Annual Blessing of the Crib service in Glasgow, organised by Glasgow Churches Together (“GCT”) and hosted by Glasgow City Council, was held this year on 3 December in George Square. It returned to its original early evening slot and, in addition to the regular musical support of the Alba Brass Quintet and members of the St. Mungo Singers, we had children from Blackfriars and St. Francis Primary Schools, Gorbals, who really brightened up the evening. The weather also favoured those attending, being cool but dry, and a good crowd gathered. GCT representatives included the Chair, Major Stephen Huyton of the Salvation Army, the Rev. William B. Ferguson (Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery), Archbishop Conti of Glasgow, Rev. Canon Tom Montgomery (Scottish Episcopal Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway), and Rev. Derek Bibb (Minister Superintendent of the Glasgow Methodist Circuit). The City was represented by Lord Provost Bob Winter and Rev. Paul Romano, Chaplain to the City Council. In addition to a selection of familiar and well-loved carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Away in a Manger”, the children introduced us to the Calypso Carol which had everyone humming along, carried away on the rhythm of the music. They also sang the more traditional “Joy to the World”. The Christmas Gospel was sung (by Gerry Healy) before the Crib was blessed and Archbishop Conti extended greetings from GCT...

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Christmas Introit: The Lord said to me

Text (c) ICEL. Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick. Recorded at rehearsal by the St Mungo Singers at St Leo’s, Glasgow. Introit The Lord said to me: You are my Son. I have begotten you, begotten you this day. God speaks to the earth. The word speeds forth. God speaks his word to Jacob, to Israel his laws and decrees. The Lord said to me: You are my Son. I have begotten you, begotten you this...

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Psalm 95: Today a Saviour is born for us

Psalm 95 : Words and music (c) Noel S Donnelly. Sung at Mass for Christmas. Recorded by Grace Buckley in Ibrox Parish Church, Glasgow Today a Saviour is born for us. he is Christ the Lord. Today a Saviour is born for us, Jesus Christ. O sing to God a song that is new! Sing, heav’n and earth! Proclaim the joy of his help this day! Sing praise to God ! Today a Saviour is born for us. he is Christ the Lord. Today a Saviour is born for us, Jesus Christ. Rejoice, you seas and thunder his praise! Sing, heav’n and earth! For gift of the land and fruit that it bears! Sing praise to God! Today a Saviour is born for us. he is Christ the Lord. Today a Saviour is born for us, Jesus Christ. O shake with joy, you trees of the wood! Sing, heav’n and earth! Our king has come to bring justice and peace ! Sing praise to God. Today a Saviour is born for us. he is Christ the Lord. Today a Saviour is born for us, Jesus...

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Christmas Gospel

The Gospel of Midnight Mass set to music and (c) Ewen McPhail and Gerry Fitzpatrick and recorded by Grace Buckley and the St Mungo Singers. Music available from St Mungo Music, St Leo’s, 5 Beech Avenue, Glasgow G41 5BY Now at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census of the whole world should be taken. This census, the first, took place while Quirinius was governor of Judaea, and everyone went to his own town to be registered. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, and travelled up to Judaea to the town of David called Bethlehem since he was of David’s house and line, in order to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they werew there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. In the countryside close by there were shepherd who lived in the fields, and took it in turn to watch over their flock during the night. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone round them. They were terrified, but the angel said: ‘Do not be afraid. Listen. I bring you news of...

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