Month: May 2011

Argyll & Isles Pastoral Music Weekend

The Argyll & Isles Spring Music Weekend took place at St. Mary’s Kinnoull, on 6-8 May, with over 60 musicians and singers from throughout the Diocese attending. We arrived to beautiful weather, with deer wandering through the grounds, birds singing and the St.Mary’s chickens sounding off. The only sad note was the absence of Br. Malachy, a familiar figure in the garden and grounds, who had died the previous month. I think a number of the choir will have paid a quiet visit to his grave in the little cemetery at St. Mary’s. Since deacon David Connor, a long time member of the choir, is being ordained in June, the main focus of this weekend was preparation for the Ordination Mass. The first, informal, session was held as attendees arrived on Friday afternoon, to begin looking at the new music required, including the revised Peter Jones Gloria, based on the new Missal text. After dinner, Fr. Michael Hutson welcomed everyone and outlined the plans for the weekend. Over the course of the evening, we learned David Haas’ “You are Mine”and Gerry Fitzpatrick’s setting of Psalm 23, did more work on the Gloria, and revised music already in repertoire which would be used at the ordination. Night Prayer was celebrated in the Oratory, led by Fr. Roddy Johnstone. This was followed by further rehearsals in the Chapel, before we wound...

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Ecumenical Vespers Easter 2011

St. Matthew’s, Bishopbriggs, hosted the Annual Ecumenical Vespers for Easter on 24 May. The service was attended by Archbishop Conti and the Very Rev. Gregor Duncan (Scottish Episcopal Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway), and a full congregation, despite the difficult weather. Before the service, Dr. Noel Donnelly on clarsach and the St. Mungo Singers created a quietly reflective atmosphere before leading the congregation in the processional hymn, “Alleluia, sing to Jesus”. As the candles were lit on and around the altar, the choir sang the Geoffrey Shaw motet “Hail, Gladdening Light”, and Archbishop Conti then led the congregation in the beautiful opening prayer:- “Jesus Christ, risen in glory, You are the light of the world: The light no darkness can overcome. Stay with us now for it is evening and the day is almost over. Let your light scatter the darkness, and shine among your people here.” In welcoming everyone to the service, the Archbishop explained that, while previously this service had been celebrated in the Cathedral, the appreciative response to last year’s service in St. Joseph’s, Tollcross had prompted the decision to continue to hold it in a parish church. St. Matthew’s was an obvious choice because of its warm ecumenical spirit, and he thanked everyone in the parish for making the preparations for it, and the St. Mungo Singers for their musical support. The Vespers then continued...

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Strathclyde Police Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

The Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the work of Strathclyde Police was held this year in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 14 May. The service was attended by serving officers of the Force, families and friends of deceased officers and members of staff, and representatives of the Churches in Glasgow. The music of the service was led by members of the St. Mungo Singers who sang, before the service began, a selection of motets and choral pieces including Noel Donnelly’s “How Blest are Those who have Died in the Lord”, John Wesley’s “Lead me, Lord”, and Walford Davies’ “God be in my Head”. how-blest As the Church representatives processed to the sanctuary, choir and congregation joined in the strong and familiar words of “Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer”. Fr. John McGinley, one of the Strathclyde Police chaplains, welcomed everyone to the service, before the opening prayer was read by Dr. Laurence Whitley, also a police chaplain. The first reading, from Isaiah 32, was given by Mr. Stephen House, the Chief Constable. The choir then sang Bob Hurd’s beautiful setting of Psalm 42. Mrs. Shirley Andrews, Head of Force Training gave the second reading, from Romans 8. The final reading, preceded by the Gospel Acclamation “God loved the World so much”, was from St.Luke’s Gospel Ch. 22. In his sermon, Archbishop Conti expressed his feeling of privilege at...

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St. Andrew and a Catena of Saints

The renovated St. Andrew’s Cathedral is full of light and colour and, on Sunday 8 May, it was also full of sound- the sound of singers (adult and children), musicians and dancers. The occasion was, as part of the series of musical celebrations to mark the re-opening of the Cathedral, a service to honour St. Andrew and the other saints who are represented in the Cathedral. The singers included choir members from the St. Mungo Singers; the Cathedral Choir; St. Paul’s Shettleston; St. Stephen’s, Dalmuir; Our Lady of Lourdes; St. Joseph’s, Tollcross; Christ the King; St. Barnabas; St. Maria Goretti; plus children from St. Eunan’s Primary, Clydebank and St. Rose of Lima Primary. The musicians included Croy Silver Band, Carissa Bovill on clarsach, and an instrumental ensemble (Marie Claire Rankin, Annette McKirdy, Monica Dyer, Pauline McNichol, Anne Marie Berrie, Mary Lou Graham). Carissa played some gentle harp music as the congregation settled for the service to start. Then the combined choirs sang Bruckner’s “Locus Iste” before Mgr. McElroy welcomed Archbishop Conti, the musicians, singers and congregation to the celebration. locus-iste The title of the service was “St. Andrew and a Catena of Saints” and Mgr. McElroy commented that while “catena” meant “chain”, we should not think of the links of the chain in this case being all the same. Here the links were quite individual. As was fitting, the...

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