Month: April 2010

Ecumenical Vespers for Easter 2010

Archbishop Conti presided at the annual ecumenical Vespers which was held this year in St. Joseph’s, Tollcross, on 19 April. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt. Rev. Bill Hewitt preached the reflection and Glasgow Churches Together were well represented by, among others, the Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, Rt. Rev. Bill Ferguson, and Dr. Angus Kerr, the Clerk to the Presbytery, Rev. Derek Bibb and Rev. Alan Anderson of the Methodist Union, and Major Steve Huyton of the Salvation Army. We were also pleased to welcome Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, who was in Glasgow for a meeting of the North West Triangle (Liverpool, Glasgow and Belfast). St. Joseph’s choir joined the St. Mungo Singers (under their conductors Dr. Noel Donnelly and Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick) to provide the music support for the service. Before it began, Dr. Donnelly played a number of meditative pieces on harp, and the joint choirs sang “To Christ, the Seed” and “Great God, be near me”. They then led the singing of the opening processional hymn, the joyful “Alleluia, sing to Jesus”. After the invitatory response “O God, Come to our Aid”, the Paschal Candle and altar candles were lit to the accompaniment of the short James Quinn hymn, “O Light from Light”. The psalms for the evening were Ps....

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Chrism Mass 2010

The beginning of this year’s Chrism Mass for the Archdiocese of Glasgow at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on 1 April was a little more eventful than usual. As the choir and musicians prepared for the Mass, it was discovered that the pipe organ had malfunctioned and, despite our best efforts, could not be repaired in time so, after reviewing the options, it was decided to have the choir and assembly sing a capella. Fortunately it proved possible to do this without too much alteration to the planned music of the liturgy, and both the singers and the congregation rose to the challenge. The opening procession of the Archbishop and the priests of the Archdiocese was accompanied by the singing of the Canticle from Ezekiel (“Hear me, my people”) to the well-known tune “Be Thou my Vision”, a good opening hymn in the circumstances with its lines ‘feel the new heart I give, the new spirit and guidance for how you might live;’. The Plainsong Kyrie followed, and the sung Gloria. The Psalm was Mgr. Fitzpatrick’s new setting of Psalm 88. In his homily, Archbishop Conti commented on the much publicised scandal of child abuse affecting the Church. He recognised that this could cause both loss of confidence by priests themselves and loss of trust by the laity. He reaffirmed his confidence in the priests of the Diocese and expressed his...

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5th Anniversary of Election of Pope Benedict XVI

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland marked the 5th Anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI with a Mass at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Glasgow on 21 March 2010. In addition to the Bishops and the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Muñoz, there were civic representatives, members of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and representatives of other churches, as well as a children’s choir from St. Anne’s Primary and the St. Mungo Singers to assist with the music of the liturgy. As the congregation gathered, the children sang “Let there be Love” and “Lord of the Dance”, and the St. Mungo Singers provided further musical reflections, including Catherine Walker’s “Great God, be near me”, the Wesley motet “Lead me, Lord” and Casciolini’s “Istorum Enim”. The Mass began with the procession of the Bishops, the Nuncio and clergy to the sanctuary as the congregation joined in the processional “Grace to you, and peace” , continuing into “The Church’s One Foundation”. Archbishop Conti gave the homily. Reflecting on the history of the Church in Glasgow , and Scotland generally, he noted the impact of the Reformation, whose 450th Anniversary will be marked this year, on Scottish society and the legacy of division it had left. However he pointed out the significant change in spirit now in Scotland which is seen in the development of the ecumenical movement. A century ago, the...

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Argyll & Isles Chrism Mass 2010

Argyll & The Isles Diocese celebrated their Chrism Mass on 24 March in St. Columba’s Cathedral, Oban. Bishop Toal concelebrated with a large number of diocesan priests, including Fr. Colin McInnes who was home from South America. Before the Mass, the Diocesan choir remembered one of their members, Mrs. Celia MacDonald who had recently died, and they quietly sang “Receive her soul” The Mass then began with the opening procession, to the singing of “Praise to the Holiest”. Bishop Toal, in his welcome to all present, asked the congregation to remember not only Mrs. MacDonald in their prayers but also the brother of Fr. MacLennan who had died that day. Later, in his homily, Bishop Toal referred to the recent meeting of the Bishops’ Conference in Edinburgh which had given the Bishops the opportunity to take part in the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Archbishop Romero had fought against injustice and was considered by so many as a prophet and martyr who embodied especially two characteristics of his Lord- prophetic witness and the giving of himself for others and for the Gospel. Referring then to the first reading from Isaiah, the Bishop reminded the congregation that we are all called and anointed for the service of God, but for priests it is a specific anointing and calling to proclaim the Gospel and...

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St. Mungo Singers’ Requiem

The St. Mungo Singers hold a Requiem Mass each year for deceased members. This year the Mass took place in St. Leo’s, Dumbreck on 19 February. In addition to current choir members, it was attended by relatives and friends of those who had died. As the congregation gathered, Dr. Noel Donnelly played gentle airs on the harp. The service then began with his setting of “How Blest are Those”, followed by the plainsong Requiem Aeternam and the Introit for All Souls Day. As you would expect for a St. Mungo Singers requiem, everything that it was appropriate to sing was sung. The penitential rite was Martin Morran’s “You raise the dead to life in the Spirit”, the psalm Ps.15 and the Gospel acclamation “God loved the world so much”. At the intercessions, the choir sang Gerry Fitzpatrick’s setting of “Remember those, O Lord” before the names of deceased members were read out as candles were brought to the sanctuary in remembrance. The intercessions were completed with the singing of “May the souls of the faithful departed”. At the preparation of the gifts, the beautiful Matheson hymn, “O love that wilt not let me go” was sung, leading into the sung Eucharistic Prayer. The Communion Antiphon was Noel Donnelly’s “Come to me”, and at the end of the Mass, all joined in singing “Receive their Souls” before the joyful “Thine...

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