Month: August 2011

Vespers, St Mary’s Calton, August 15th 2011

The Sanctuary at St Mary’s My name is Gordon Thomson and I am the organist at St Mary’s of the Assumption Proto-Cathedral. This is a personal reflection on the Marian Vespers service which took place on the 15th August 2011, on putting it together and looking back at it. In planning our first Marian Vespers, to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption, my aim was to show some of Mary’s role in the life of Christ and the Church using a combination of readings and music. As St Mary’s has no choir at this time and part of what I wanted to achieve was in music I needed assistance. During the practice sessions for the Papal Mass last year, I had a number of conversations with people who had enjoyed that experience and hoped that other events would occur that they could take part in. As part of the planning for this I sent out notices, emails and adverts for anyone wishing to take part. This resulted in a combined choir consisting of singers from St Andrew’s, Christ the King and others. The service was used to bring the Forty Hours adoration to a close. As it was not a mass there was no communion, however the Blessed Sacrament was exposed on the altar during the service. As a prelude, the Schubert Ave Maria was sung by Maria Madden...

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Vespers of Our Lady at St Mary’s, Calton

http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/mary-full.mp3 This year the Feast of the Assumption, 15th August, one of the most ancient feasts honouring Our Lady, falls on a Monday and so will not be celebrated as a ‘holy day of obligation.’ Nevertheless parishes will mark it as a special day, each in their own way. St Mary’s, Calton, Glasgow will welcome parishioners and guests to a special ‘Vespers of Our Lady’ which will take the form of a devotional chain of music and prayer. More details to follow. The hymn, ‘Mary, full of grace,’ was written by Pam Murray, set to the traditional tune ‘O Sanctissima, and was recorded by the St Mungo Singers in Ibrox Parish Church. Music available elswhere on this website under Liturgical and Musical...

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The Music of the New Missal – August 27th 10.00 St Aloysius, Glasgow

The Glasgow Archdiocesan Music Committee is holding a Conference on ‘The Music of the New Missal’ in The Ogilvie Centre, St Aloysius, Garnethill on Saturday 27th August from 10.30 until 3.00. The event is aimed at giving Cantors, choir directors, singers and organists information, material and encouragement as we prepare to introduce the New Missal. Composers have already been working on new settings but have also been making adaptations in the word setting of music that is already in use (where practical). While there is no need to throw out the existing repertoire, adaptation to the new text may give some of that repertoire an extension of life in serving the parishes where it is already sung. The Archdiocesan Music Committee is also planning local music sessions in the deaneries during September and will be glad of suggestions re times, dates and venues during discussions on the 27th. There will also be lots of material on the web at – romanmissalscotland.org.uk and at stmungomusic.org.uk (look for ‘new missal’) and on other websites. We have already recorded a lot of music for the missal and from our own resources and are working on the sung Prefaces. Lunch and much music etc will be provided so we need to have a rough idea of how many people will be present, and we are asking for a donation (say £5.00) on the...

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