Month: December 2010

Carols for Peace 2010

“Snow had fallen, snow on snow” – that line from the well-known carol seemed so appropriate as we gathered for the annual “Carols for Peace” service in the City Chambers. Indeed, many wondered if they were mad to go ahead, particularly as the snow started to fall again as participants made their way to the City Chambers, and messages arrived from the organist – “driving through a blizzard at Baillieston” – and the clarsach player – “struggling through thick snow at Mollinsburn” – but it was a measure of the commitment of all involved that they kept going and made it safely to the venue. We were relieved to see the Salvation Army band from Rutherglen arriving (no need for Plan B then!) but were a bit worried about the youngsters of the Southside Fiddlers. However when they arrived, they cheerfully informed us that they had been skating in the icerink in the Square and enjoying hot chocolate, totally unfazed by the weather. We were really encouraged, too, by the number of people who resisted the pull of delayed Christmas shopping and the temptation to stay at home in the warmth, to come and join in the service. As they arrived, they were greeted by Carissa on clarsach, John on whistle, and Clare on violin, setting a festive tone to offset the chill outside, and in the hall itself,...

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Christmas Carols at St. Mungo Museum

A hardy group of St. Mungo Singers braved the snow and ice on 11 December to sing carols at the St Mungo Museum. The City Council have started a new Christmas Market in Cathedral Square and asked if the choir and others could help add some Christmas cheer with carol singing. With the radical change in weather, some choirs had to call off and the Fair itself had to be moved inside into the St. Mungo Museum and its enclosure, but a small group of St. Mungo Singers made the effort to take part. The choir were somewhat dismayed on arriving to find a notice on the front door of the Museum, indicating it was closed because of burst pipes, but a robust knock on the door produced a response “Oh, did we forget to take the notice down?” After setting up the keyboard in the entrance hall of the Museum, the singers repaired to the café and warmed themselves with tea, coffee and hot chocolate, before cheering stallholders and customers with a succession of well-known carols to put everyone (including some singers!) in the mood for Christmas shopping. Hopefully the difficult start to this new venture in the Cathedral precinct will not put the City Council off the idea for the future but perhaps they could organise a little less snow next year – you can get too...

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Christmas Carols and Prayers with a Festive Morning & Evening Prayer

Carols and Prayers for Christmas With Morning and Evening Prayer Christmas Introit: [audio:christmas-int.mp3] The Lord said to me; You are my Son; I have begotten you, begotten you this day. God speaks to the earth, the word speeds forth. God speaks his word to Jacob, to Israel his laws and decrees. The Lord said to me; You are my Son; I have begotten you, begotten you this day. 2 Let us pray: Lord God, we welcome your only begotten Son with joy as our redeemer. Year by year, renew that joy as we await the fulfilment of our redemption by Jesus Christ our Lord, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen. 3 O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth; for Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love. O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray; Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in...

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A Vespers of Our Lady : The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Hymn: Hail Mary, most blessed (tune: Lourdes Ave) Hail Mary, most blessed the Mother of God, and given by Jesus as mother of all. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. The angels great message, the birth of God’s Son required your acceptance so graciously given. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. You cared for your cousin and joy swelled your heart. You voiced all our hopes in your Magnificat. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. A stable for shelter, in labour and love, you welcomed your baby, God’s gift from above. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. The angels and shepherds first witnessed Christ’s birth. The kings show God’s message is for the whole earth. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. O God, come to our aid: O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.   We sit for the psalm Psalm 66: May he bless us and keep us, may he give us his peace. God, be gracious and bless us, let your face shed its light on us. So may your ways be known on the earth, all nations find your help. May he bless us and keep us, may he give us his peace. Let the nations...

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