Month: July 2010

Ordinations to the Priesthood in Glasgow Archdiocese

On 3 July, the feast of St. Thomas, a packed congregation filled St. Mary’s Pro-cathedral in Abercromby Street for the ordination of three young men to the priesthood – and that despite the logistical challenge of getting to the church as the Orange Walk was due at Glasgow Green just down the road at the same time! The three candidates for ordination were Ross Campbell, Martin Kane and John Sweeney. There was an air of anticipation as people waited for the service to begin. People responded warmly to the invitation to rehearse the psalm response, the Litany of Saints responses and the Alleluia. St. Mary’s looked truly beautiful for the occasion, and the St. Mungo Singers provided reflective music before the Mass, including “To Christ the Seed”, “Jesu, Rex Admirabilis” and “Sacris Solemniis”. As the concelebrants and candidates processed into the church, the congregation, led by the choir, sang the Pauline greeting “Grace to you and peace”, followed by the joyful “For all the saints”. The large number of priests from the Archdiocese and beyond who had come to the Ordination bore witness to the importance of the celebration, and Archbishop Conti was joined by Bishop Joe Toal of Argyll & the Isles Diocese who knew the candidates from their visits to Salamanca during their training. After the Penitential Rite, the note of celebration was renewed with the singing...

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Vespers for the 2010 West End Festival

To mark the end of the 2010 West End Festival, St. Simon’s and St. Peter’s Parishes held a Sung Vespers in St. Peter’s Church on Sunday 27th June. The Vespers were advertised as part of the Festival events being hosted in the church and as such open to all who wished to attend. A particular invitation had been issued to members of the other churches in the area and the choir were delighted to meet old friends in Rev Tom and Mrs Christina Moffat, recently of Culross Abbey Parish Church and currently serving in Partick. The music of the Vespers was led by the St. Mungo Singers under their Director, Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick and before the service began, Mgr. Gerry held a short workshop to familiarise the congregation with the planned music of the liturgy. The St. Mungo Singers also sang motets (God be in my head by Walford Davis and Palestrina’s Alma Redemptoris Mater) and Dr. Noel Donnelly played clarsach to set the mood. The service was presided over by Fr. Jim Lawlor and began with the singing of Noel Donnelly’s setting of the Celtic Invocation: “Christ be near at either hand”. As candles were lit on the altar, the choir then led the congregation in singing Catherine Walker’s setting of the beautiful prayer of Columba “My Dearest Lord”. Fr. Lawlor welcomed everyone on behalf of himself and...

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Psalm 116: Jesus called his disciples

Psalm 116(117) Words: From The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins. Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick and written for the Vespers of the Feast of the Chair of St Peter and the induction of Archbishop Mario Conti as Archbishop of Glasgow. Response: Jesus called his disciples to him and from among them he chose twelve And called them apostles, and called them apostles. O praise the Lord, all you nations, Acclaim him, all you peoples! Strong is his love for us; He is faithful, he is faithful for ever. Jesus called his disciples to him and from among them he chose twelve And called them apostles, and called them...

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