Month: November 2010

A Parish Vespers for Advent

Celebrating Vespers or Evening Prayer The primary resource for this is obviously The Prayer of the Church or the Breviary, but other very useful resources can be found in the General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours, and in Celebrating Sunday Evening Prayer, from the Liturgy Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, published by Canterbury Press Norwich. A sample of an Evening Prayer is laid out below, but it is only one example of how a parish might celebrate such a Service. While it would be wonderful for parishes to be able to do the full Evening Prayer of the Church as it is celebrated on each day throughout the world, it is usually neither practical nor necessary, when first introducing the Evening Prayer, to do the whole set of psalms, verses, reading and Canticle – it takes time and preparation to reach that point. The parish will doubtless have some settings of the responsorial psalms in its Sunday Mass repertoire, and there are a number of metrical or hymn-form psalm settings which are well known, and there are song forms of the Magnificat which might fit the bill. If you cannot manage three sung psalms then either miss one out or recite it instead. We want people to find the service to be a prayerful and attractive experience, so it makes sense to...

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The Glasgow Arts Mass 2010

St Michael’s, Parkhead The Feast of Christ the King 21st November 2010 As people entered St Michael’s they were greeted by: Isla Johnston (AGAP Admin Assistant), Paul Mellon (Actor / Lecturer at James Watt College), Brenda Scott (Actor / Retired Teacher), Andrew Carnegie (Actor / Drama Student), and a festive atmosphere was created by the playing of Theresa Irving, Clare O’Neill, and John Allen on Clarsach, violin and Whistle, and then when Bailie Catherine McMaster, representing the Lord Provost of Glasgow, had been welcomed and taken to her place at the front, the choirs sang Bruckner’s Locus Iste – ‘This place, created by God … The entry procession with Mgr Peter Smith, Fr Frank Kennedy, Fr Frank O’Rourke and Fr Peter Banyard SJ was accompanied by the Entry Song: Grace to you and peace which then linked with the hymn: Be Thou my vision After the welcome the Penitential Rite included the De Angelis plainsong Kyrie and was succeeded by the old Bellahouston Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo The Liturgy of the Word for the feast included 1st Reading: Second Book of Samuel 5:1-3 read by Bailie Catherine McMaster, with Ps 121: May the house of the Lord be at peace, and the 2nd Reading: St Paul to the Colossians 1: 11-20 read by Tommy Canning. The Gospel Acclamation was taken from the version used at the Papal Mass...

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St Andrew Cantata

St Andrew: A Cantata for schools is © Gerry Fitzpatrick. The Cantata is sung on the 2nd audio file by children of St Rose of Lima Primary School. The first audio file gives a slower accompaniment version which might be useful for learning in the classroom. A hard copy of the music can be acquired from St Leo’s, 5 Beech Avenue, Glasgow G41 5BY. [audio:andrew-cantata.mp3] [audio:st-andr-cant.mp3] Play the score with Sibelius | You may need to download Scorch Solo or Choir Andrew was a fisherman and he asked so many questions: life is good but what is it for?He just had to know. Children Andrew was a fishermanand he asked so many questions: life is good but what is it for? He just had to know. Solo or Choir John the Baptist pointed out: “Jesus is the promised One. He will lead the people forward, show them that his Father’s Kingdom is among them. Children Andrew was a fisherman and he asked so many questions: life is good but what is it for? He just had to know. Soloists or Choir Andrew told Peter that he’d found the promised Saviour, brought him to Jesus, spent his life that way. Others, who realized there’s more to life than meets the eye joined the two brothers in following the Lord. Children Andrew was a fisherman and he asked so many questions:...

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Ecumenical Prayer and Intercessions for St Andrew’s Day

A Prayer for St Andrew’s Day God, our loving Father, St Andrew introduced Peter, the Greek visitors, & the little boy with loaves & fishes, to your Son, Jesus Christ. May we be like him in sharing friendship and hospitality, and in faithfulness to Jesus and his Kingdom of justice, love & peace. May our country be a community in which everyone matters, everyone has an honoured place, and the dignity of each is assured by our faith in you as Father of us all. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN Intercessions St Andrew’s Day Intercessions All powerful and ever present God, you looked in love on Andrew, the ordinary fisherman, and called him to be a disciple and friend of Jesus, your Son. We honour Andrew for the witness of his life and martyrdom and are pleased to call him our national patron. Today, with Andrew, we come before you in prayer. We pray for the fishermen and farmers, workers, entrepreneurs and public servants who labour for their living and for the building up of our nation. May their work, conditions and rewards be just. May we always remain attentive to the contributions and needs of those not actively involved in the world of commerce. We pray for all Christians in Scotland today, aware of our many different traditions and understandings, and aware also of our...

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The Company of St. Patrick’s Carillonneurs

The bell-ringers of St Patrick’s, Dumbarton John Rainey, a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Dumbarton, writes: In our parish we have a 23 bell carillon which I have played for many years on appropriate occasions. Our present PP (Canon G. Conroy) had the installation professionally overhauled about three years ago which resulted in increased use and more people taking interest. As a result on All Saints Day this year we formally founded the Company of St. Patrick’s Carillonneurs (of which I am the current director) with about eight members. The aim is essentially to enhance the liturgy and in general raise the local catholic profile in the local community. We also want to develop the art in younger people. We are in informal contact with a church in Birmingham (St. Theresa of Lisieux and Our Lady of the Rosary, Saltley) with a near identical instrument modelled on our own, there being a historical connection with both parishes in the 1930’s. The carillonneur there is an accomplished player and has visited St. Patrick’s in the past. He is also involved in the British Carillon Society of which we are currently not members as it essentially an English based organisation which raises practical difficulties due to distance. Although none of us are professional musicians, (I am a retired chemistry teacher) we write and adapt music ourselves to be able to play hymns,...

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