Month: March 2011

Passion Play in Concert Hall

Little Sisters of the Poor Saint Joseph’s Home 14 Cumnock Road, Robroyston, Glasgow G33 1QT Telephone 0141 558 5114 Email: Web APRIL 2011 Saturday 9 April: Passion Play at 3 pm in the Concert Hall. Saturday 16 April: Passion Play at 3 pm in the Concert Hall. Sunday 17 April: Passion Play at 3 pm in the Concert...

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St. Mungo Singers Requiem 2011

The St.Mungo Singers celebrated their annual requiem for deceased members in St. Leo’s church on 25 March 2011. They were joined by friends and family members for the service. It was a warm and loving memorial, not a sad one, as they remembered with affection those they had known, sung and prayed with over the years. [audio:how-blest.mp3] As they gathered, piper Jacqueline Riley (daughter of the late Mrs. Mattie Riley, a much loved member of the choir) played outside to welcome them, and Dr. Noel Donnelly played some gentle harp music inside. Then the choir sang “How Blest are those who have died in the Lord” before the names of deceased members were read out as four candles, one for each section of the choir, were lit and placed on the sanctuary at the foot of the Lenten Cross. Mass then began with the plainsong “Requiem Aeternam”. As the altar was incensed, the Introit for All Souls “Just as Jesus Died and Rose” was sung, followed by the Byrd Kyrie Brevis. The readings were from Isaiah 25 and Romans 5, with the Hurd setting of Psalm 42, and the Gospel was the hope-filled story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, the choir Director, in his brief reflection, acknowledged with gratitude the work of all who sang, played, conducted or helped in the St. Mungo...

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RCIA 2011

This year a record number of people attended the RCIA service (more properly called the Rite of Election and Rite of Recognition) at which catechumens are enrolled for entry into the Church and candidates for full communion with the Church are recognised. They filled St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, and the wide range of ages and nationalities were a good reflection of the nature of the Catholic Church and an encouraging sign in these sceptical times. As they gathered, the St. Mungo Singers provided a meditative ambience with a series of motets, before leading them in the singing of the Introit of Lent “He will call to me” as Archbishop Conti and members of the clergy of the Archdiocese processed to the altar. After the Liturgy of the Word (1 Galatians, Ps.50 and John 3), the Catechumens with their godparents were called forward to declare their wish to enter into the life of the Church and to sign their names in the beautifully entitled Book of the Elect, before taking their place in the sanctuary. They were followed by the Candidates for full communion, with their sponsors. In both cases, the Archbishop invited the congregation to remember them in their prayers as they progressed towards Easter and their inclusion in the Church community. The Intercessions for the Elect and Candidates were then read, and the congregation responded in song, adding to...

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Vespers of St. John Ogilvie 2011

The weather has not been kind this year to us but, despite this, there was a good attendance at the Ogilvie Vespers held in St. Aloysius, Garnethill on 10 March. The service was presided over by Archbishop Conti, and he was joined by members of the Jesuit community and by Provost Mgr. Robert McDonald from Fochabers. Before the service began, the St.Mungo Singers sang, a capella, the beautiful Virgil Thomson setting of Psalm 22 “My Shepherd will Supply”. As the clergy processed to the shrine of St. John Ogilvie, they continued with the Shaw anthem “Hail, Gladdening Light”. The candles at the shrine were lit, and the procession moved on to the main altar as choir and congregation joined in the Ogilvie hymn “On the Battlefields of Scotland”. The psalms for the Vespers were Ps.114 and 115, and the Canticle chosen was from the Book of the Apocalypse “Worthy are you, our Lord and our God”, followed by a reading from the First Letter of St. Peter. In his reflection, Archbishop Conti welcomed Mgr. McDonald who comes from same area as St. John Ogilvie, and he touched on the happy coincidence that St. Andrew’s Cathedral had been commissioned by Fr. Andrew Scott (later Bishop Scott), another native of the North East, and had been completed in 1815, two hundred years after St. John had been martyred in Glasgow. John...

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