Month: June 2010

Glasgow the Welcoming City 2010

This year, the annual Glasgow the Welcoming City service, hosted by Glasgow City Council and organised by Glasgow Churches Together, focussed on the three important anniversaries being marked in Scotland – Cluny 910 ( the start of a monastic reform movement which seriously affected the Church in the West), the Scottish Reformation 1560 and Edinburgh Missionary Conference 1910. The front page of the leaflet for the service, held on 13 June, had the symbol of the Federation of Cluniac Sites and a quotation from John Paul II’s Encyclical “Ut Unum Sint” on commitment to ecumenism. Once again the groups taking part underlined the multinational, multicultural and multilingual nature of modern Glasgow. The congregation entering the City Chambers were greeted by the playing of a piper at the entrance and Carissa Bovill on clarsach on the stair landing. In the Satinwood Suite itself, the children of the Southside Fiddlers cheered us with their ability and their enthusiasm. They also added to the colour of the occasion with their instruments – at least one green and one pink fiddle! As the church leaders and representatives processed in, the St.Mungo Singers and the Rutherglen Salvation Army band led the congregation in singing the “Altus Prosator” a hymn attributed to St. Columba, to the beautiful Celtic tune, Durrow. The opening prayer was read by the Episcopalian Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, the Very...

Read More

St.Mungo Singers Visit Dunoon and Rothesay 2010

The St Mungo Singers enjoyed their annual pilgrimage / day out on 5th June. We set out for Dunoon and Rothesay with the sun shining brightly and the birds of Dumbreck enjoying their songs. The first stop was made at the ferry in Gourock and we were carried across in a calm sea to Dunoon. Waiting for us was Fr Sandy Cully and parishioners who gave us a warm welcome. We had scheduled the ‘Morning Prayer of St Mun’ for 11.30 and by the time we were ready to begin some 30 of the parishioners had gathered to take part. W e began our Morning Prayer by singing ‘In the name of God’ and after a welcome by Fr Sandy, who gave us a short biography of St Mun, monk and abbot, (also known as St Munda at the Kirk in Ballachulish) we prayed together: “Loving Father, fill us with your presence As we gather in the name of your Son. Bless those who would like to be with us today, But are unable to be here. Bless us, and the priest and community at St Mun’s, so that we who share Mun’s faith may be encouraged by his example and by the friendship we experience. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.” In holiday mode, we sang Ps 66 and some verses from a Canticle from the...

Read More

Psalm 144 for weddings

This setting of Psalm 144 with the text from The Psalms: A new translation and the music by Gerry Fitzpatrick was written for the wedding of Marie Clare Kelly on 26th June 2010. Response: The Lord is loving, the Lord is kind. The Lord is loving, the Lord is kind. The Lord is kind, full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. How good the Lord is to all, he shows compassion. The Lord is good to all his creatures. The Lord is loving, the Lord is kind. The Lord is loving, the Lord is kind. The eyes of all creation look to you, and you give them food that they need. All creatures thank you, O Lord, your friends shall bless you, the Lord is good to all his creatures. The Lord is loving, the Lord is kind. The Lord is loving, the Lord is kind. The Lord is just in all his ways, he is loving in all his deeds; the Lord is close to all who call on him. The Lord is good to all his creatures. The Lord is loving, the Lord is kind. The Lord is loving, the Lord is...

Read More

Ninian Cantata 2010

St. Mungo’s, Townhead, was the venue again for the Children’s Cantata. This year the subject was St. Ninian, the earliest recorded Scottish saint, and the Cantata was by Br. Stephen E Smyth (words) and Fr. Gerry Fitzpatrick (music). A total of 23 schools were represented on the day – over 600 children, together with teachers and some parents. The children not only sang and acted but provided dancers and instrumentalists, supported by a small group of adult musicians . A lot of work goes into the Cantatas, with a teachers’ committee planning and arranging the event, music being recorded by Carissa Bovil and circulated to schools, children and teachers practising away for weeks before the day, and Mary Bradley beavering away on the special booklet for the occasion with Netta Ewing’s colourful Celtic graphic. On the previous evening and on the day itself, long before the children started to arrive, Lori and John Ramsay and sound production students from Clydebank College worked on the amplification for the singers and instrumentalists, while Fr. Gerry rehearsed with the musicians. As the children arrived, St. Mungo’s became a sea of colour: children in their bright school uniforms, dancers with tartan ribbons and sashes, beautifully decorated banners and the main characters of the Cantata in their costumes. There were also invited guests from Glasgow Churches Together, the City Council, the Education Department and...

Read More

St. Margaret’s Children & Family Care Society Mass of Celebration

St. Margaret’s Children & Family Care Society celebrated 55 years of working for children and families with Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church on 30 May 2010. The principal celebrant was Archbishop Conti, and many of the adoptive and foster parents and children who have been involved with the Society or benefited from its services were present. As people gathered for the Mass, the St. Mungo Singers provided reflective music, before leading the congregation in the singing of the Magnificat. Archbishop Conti welcomed all present with great pleasure on what he remarked was a very apposite day for the celebration, the Sunday designated for celebrating the Day for Life in the UK and the vigil of the Feast of the Visitation. The Mass continued with the singing of the Russian Kyrie and the joyful Dunkeld Gloria, followed by the readings for the Sunday, including the sung responsorial Psalm (Ps 8 – What is man that You should keep Him in mind?). After an initial hitch with a rogue microphone – Archbishop Conti joked about his well-known difficult relationship with technology – the Archbishop gave the homily. He commented firstly on the readings and psalm with their references to the creative work of God which inspires us to praise the Trinity for their gift of love. Creation is ongoing and the plan of God is to unite all things...

Read More