Month: May 2010

Argyll & Isles Pastoral Music Weekend May 2010

Argyll & Isles Pastoral Music Weekend was held in its usual venue, St. Mary’s Kinnoull over 7-9 May. This session, we had a record attendance of just under 70 people, many of them “weel kent” faces but also an encouraging number of new people and some returning regulars. The numbers meant in fact that some had to get offsite accommodation as we exceeded the capacity of St. Mary’s, and many of the rehearsals had to be held in the main church. As ever we began on the Friday evening before dinner with a warm-up session. After dinner, in the first full session there was a mix of music, with some brushing up of repertoire from previous weekends, and a lot of new music too. The latter included a hymn for the celebration of Mother Mary MacKillop’s canonisation later this year – a setting of her words by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon which had been composed for the inauguration of her shrine in Roybridge in 1997; Fr. Gerry Fitzpatrick’s setting of Psalm 15 and his new Alleluia for the Papal Mass in September, and an exciting challenge – the first sight of the new Lamb of God and Gloria by James McMillan composed for the Papal Mass. The last of these was in quite a different style to what most people were familiar with, and used the new Missal...

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A song for the Ascension

This song was written for the Feast of the Ascension at St Joseph’s College, Dumfries, in the early 1980s by Loreno Rinaldi and Gerry Fitzpatrick. Men of Galilee, why are you standing idly by, looking lost and lonely as you gaze into the sky? Jesus Christ came bback to life, now he’s gone away! But be calm, be confident, he’ll come another day! Yes, while he’s gone, the Master will not leave you friendless, till he returns his Spirit will remain. He sends you out to give the news to everyone, so keep moving on, the Kingdom has come. Yes, while he’s gone, the Master will not leave you friendless, till he returns his Spirit will remain. He sends you out to give the news to everyone, so keep moving on, the Kingdom has...

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From one New Missal to another: a reflection

From one New Missal to another: a reflection by Gerry Fitzpatrick It is 45 years since we welcomed the first modern translation of the Roman Missal, and as we prepare to move onto a new translation it might be useful to reflect on where we have come from and how far we have come since 1965. The repertoire for the Mass liturgy before the New Missal was introduced in 1965 was in Latin, though we also had an extensive repertoire of hymns for the Novenas and Benediction which were so popular at that time. There were lots of choir Mass settings available – Richard Terry in C, Francis Duffy, Gounod, Smith, Kitson in D, – and many parishes managed to sing some of these and the plainsong settings of Mass V111 and Credo 3, but they could usually only manage such settings at the main Sunday Mass. Some schools, colleges and cathedrals managed Palestrina’s Missa Brevis or even the Missa Papae Marcelli but these were laudable but exceptional! The hymns used at Benediction and ‘Devotions’ included such as Sweet Sacrament Divine, O Salutaris, Tantum Ergo, Adoremus, Sweet Heart of Jesus, Jesus my Lord, I rise from dreams of time, Hail Queen of Heaven and a host of others. Choirs gloried in Ecce Panis Angelorum, Franck’s Panis Angelicus, Mozart’s Ave Verum, Arcadelt’s Ave Maria, Palestrina’s ‘O bone Jesu’ – to...

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Music added or edited May 2010

Catalogue item: Psalms and Songs of the Bible: available from St Mungo Music, Glasgow. See Catalogue From one New Missal to another: a reflection by Gerry Fitzpatrick A Song for the Ascension: written for St Joseph’s College,...

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