Month: January 2011

Mass for the Feast of St. Mungo 2011

The Feast of St. Mungo was marked by Mass in the church dedicated to him in Townhead, presided over by Archbishop Conti and attended by members of the Cathedral chapter and diocesan priests and deacons, as well as representatives from parishes and from the Knights of St. Columba. The music was led by the St. Mungo Singers, with additional music from soloist Carissa Bovill on clarsach. Carissa played several soft airs and the St. Mungo Singers sang “Great God, be near me” and “God be in my head” before the Mass began, setting the tone of quiet reflectiveness, Then the Archbishop and clergy entered to the singing of “Be Thou my Vision”. Archbishop Conti welcomed everyone and thanked the Passionist community for hosting the Mass. The liturgy began with the beautiful Litany of Praise “Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of the Kingdom of God”, leading into the plainchant Gloria from the “Missa de Angelis”. In response to the first reading (from Isaiah 52), the cantor led the congregation in the singing of Psalm 121 “May the House of the Lord be at peace” – a heartfelt prayer at this time of difficulty in the Holy Land. Archbishop Conti in his homily, as at previous St. Mungo Masses, used the occasion to reflect on the past year in the Archdiocese. There had been a...

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St. Mungo Evening Service in Glasgow Cathedral

The second event of the St. Mungo Festival was an ecumenical service held on Sunday 9 January at St. Mungo’s Cathedral, involving instrumentalists (Cathedral Strings, Rutherglen Salvation Army Band and clarsach player Carissa Bovill), choirs (Russkaya Cappella and St. Mungo Singers) and dancers (Visual Statement), as well as representatives of the church communities in Glasgow, the City Council and the Scottish Parliament. Despite the snow and ice, there was a good turnout for the service. Unfortunately the snow had meant that the Minister of Culross (where St. Mungo was born) & Torryburn Parishes, Rev. Jayne Scott, was unable to be present on this occasion. The Cathedral Strings played as the congregation gathered and accompanied the procession of Church representatives as the service began. An officer of the Salvation Army carried a copy of the King James Bible in the procession in recognition of this, the 400th anniversary of its publication. The congregation remained standing as the Prologue of St. John’s Gospel ( in the haunting setting by Frank Docherty) was sung by soloist Catriona Glen and the St. Mungo Singers. Bailie Alan Stewart, on behalf of the City Council, then proclaimed “Let Glasgow Flourish!” to which everyone responded “by the preaching of His word – by the praising of His name” before joining in the singing of “Tell out my Soul” whose rousing tune was such a contrast to...

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St. Mungo Festival Opening Event at the Mitchell

The annual St. Mungo Festival in Glasgow goes from strength to strength. This year, its theme is “Mungo’s Bairns” and it explores what it means to be a Glaswegian. It began, as in previous years, with a celebration of the Life of St. Kentigern (or Mungo) in word and music in the Mitchell Library. Despite the double challenges of flu (which affected St. Pat’s Primary school children) and snow on the day, a good crowd turned up to join in the event. The celebration started with St. Pat’s children singing the St. Mungo Rhyme about “the tree that never grew….the fish never swam…the bird that never flew….the bell that never rang” . In her introduction, Baillie Cathy McMaster welcomed everyone and expressed her appreciation that they had braved the weather to come. She explained that in looking at St. Mungo – who and when he was and why he did what he did – it gave us the opportunity to reflect on where we come from, as a basis for looking forward to where we should be going. The Russian choir, Russkaya Cappella, from the Russian Orthodox community in Glasgow then sang a trio of unaccompanied pieces in four part harmony, the first a liturgical hymn of praise in honour of St. Mungo, followed by two Russian carols in celebration of the Orthodox Christmas which is on 6/7 January....

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