Month: February 2010

Hymn: O God eternal One

O God, Eternal One. Words (c) Stephen E Smyth from Wisdom 9 : 1-6, 9-11. The tune used is that traditionally used for ‘Sweet Sacrament Divine.’ O God, eternal One, who made the universe, with all that it contains, its nature so diverse, you gave its stewardship in trust for us to honour, to be just. Send us your wisdom now. Send us your wisdom now. We are your servants, Lord, both limited and frail, pride in mere human skills seems all to no avail; without the Wisdom you bestow we count as nothing here below. Send us your wisdom now. Send us your wisdom now. For Wisdom is of God, was there when all was made, can understand God’s plan, explain what God has said, Lord, heed our prayer to you today: teach us to know and love your way. Send us your wisdom now. Send us your wisdom...

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Lent Preface 3

The music of the 3rd Preface of Lent can be found in the Missal. It has been recorded here by Fr Michael Hutson. http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/l-pref-3.mp3 Download MP3 The Lord be with you: And also with you. Lift up your hearts: We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God: It is right to give him thanks and praise. Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. You ask us to express our thanks by self-denial. We are to master our sinfulness and conquer our pride. We are to show to those in need your goodness to ourselves. Now with all the saints and angels, we praise you for...

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RCIA Service 2010

This year’s RCIA service (more correctly called the Rite of Election and Rite of Recognition and Call to Continuing Conversion) took place as usual on the First Sunday of Lent (21 February) but in a new venue, the Pro-Cathedral of St. Mary’s. It was heartening to see such a substantial crowd of people filling the church. The number of catechumens and candidates totalled over 120, and were of all ages and many nationalities and ethnicities. They were supported by godparents, sponsors, family and friends, as well as parish priests and catechists. As they gathered and found their places in the church, the St. Mungo Singers sang a number of motets (including O Bone Jesu, Resonet in Laudibus, Jesu Rex Admirabilis and Handel’s Largo), providing a prayerful atmosphere. Then the service started with the procession of clergy, led by Archbishop Conti, as choir and congregation sang the Lenten Introit “He will call to me”. The beginning of the service is simple and direct – a greeting, an opening prayer and then the Liturgy of the Word: the First Letter of St.Paul to the Corinthians 15:1-8; St. John’s Gospel 1:35-42. In the homily which followed, Archbishop Conti noted that the readings centred on two saints – Paul and Peter – even as this service centred on two groups of people. Peter and Paul had each experienced the call of God but...

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Lent Preface 2

The music for the 2nd Lenten Preface is available in the Missal. Here it is recorded by Fr Michael Hutson. http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Lent-Pref-2.mp3 Download MP3 The Lord be with you: And also with you. Lift up your hearts: We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God: It is right to give him thanks and praise. Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. This great season of grace is your gift to your family to renew us in spirit. You give us strength to purify our hearts, to control our desires, and so to serve you in freedom. You teach us how to live in this passing world, with our heart set on the world that will never end. Now, with all the saints and angels, we praise you for...

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Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Mass 2009

This year the Feast of St Cecilia fell on the Feast of Christ the King, but in some ways Cecilia’s art got more notice than usual in Glasgow because that Sunday was marked by a Festal Mass in St Michael’s, to which members of the Arts Community in Glasgow were invited. There was a very healthy attendance of local people as well as musicians and embroiderers, artists and actors, film-makers and photographers, costume-makers and stage managers! The vestments worn at the Mass were the work of the famed ‘Sacred Threads,’ designed by Netta Ewing. The Mass itself took place against the fitting backdrop of visual artwork on display at St Michael’s Church. The exhibition “Motillism: the Word on the Wall” by digital artist, Kenny McMillan, included the world’s largest and thinnest Bible: a giant digital print of Michelangelo’s fresco of the Creation of Adam made up from the entire text of the King James Bible and measuring 3m x 4.5m. This was especially pertinent as, at the same time, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI was meeting with artists at the Sistine Chapel in Rome, under the original fresco. The work was accompanied by various smaller pieces and also a display of children’s artwork relating to the “Portrait of a Priest” art challenge which was offered to primary schools by AGAP to celebrate the Year for Priests 2009-10; exhibits...

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