Month: September 2011

Morning Prayer: 29th September: Feast of Archangels

A Morning Prayer for Feasts of the Angels This is a simplified form of Morning Prayer to be used before morning Mass.   Holy God, we praise thy name; Lord of all, we bow before thee! All on earth thy sceptre claim. All in heaven above adore thee. Infinite thy vast domain, everlasting is thy reign. Hark! the loud celestial hymn, angel choirs above are raising; cherubim and seraphim, in unceasing chorus praising, fill the heavens with sweet accord, holy, holy, holy Lord! http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/o-god-come.mp3 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.   http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/ps-62-gh-bnce.mp3 Psalm 62 O God, you are my God, for you I long, for you my soul is thirsting. My body pines for you, my God, like a dry weary land without water. O God, you are my God, for you I long. I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and glory, for your love is better than life itself; my lips will speak your praise. O God, you are my God, for you I long. On you I muse throughout the night, on my bed I remember you, for you have been my refuge and your right hand holds me fast. O God, you are my God, for...

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Vigil and Mass of Investiture

Services with the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Friday 16th September and Saturday 17th. The Knights of the Holy Sepulchre held their Investiture Vigil and Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on 16th and 17th September. Archbishop Conti presided at the Vigil service, held on the first anniversary of the Pope’s visit to Glasgow in 2010, and appropriately reminded the Knights and Dames of the special charism and responsibility they shared ‘to have a care for the Holy Places and a devotion to the Passion of Christ.’ In the substantial Liturgy of the Word the readings were divided by 3 psalms which, surprisingly, were spoken rather than sung. This was unfortunate since it meant in fact that rather than containing 3 readings and 3 psalms, the liturgy had 6 readings which, for an occasion such as this, might be deemed superfluous, unsalted as they were with the variety and beauty of song. ( Its extraordinary how we, who would never think of speaking a hymn or a ‘national anthem,’ sometimes think nothing of speaking a psalm!) To his credit, Archbishop Conti took the initiative in leading the congregation in singing the Alleluia and everyone warmly responded. Jane McKenna was the organist for the occasion, and the congregation of Knights and Dames sang well in the opening hymn, Praise to the Holiest, and in the recessional, O Lord, my God....

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Argyll & Isles Pastoral Music Weekend 2-4 September 2011

The second Diocesan Pastoral Music Weekend of this year was held in its usual venue at St. Mary’s Kinnoull. Around 60 musicians from across the diocese attended. Unfortunately Bishop Toal was unable to be there, because of illness, but the musicians were joined by Mgr. Jamie MacNeil, Fr. Roddy Johnston, recently ordained Fr. David Connor and Deacon Stanislaw Pamula (who was on his way back to Rome), as well as Fr. Michael Hutson and his usual team of helpers. The tried and tested format for the music weekend is extremely successful – refurbishment of existing repertoire, the introduction of new music, talks on aspects of the liturgy and music’s place in it, all interspersed with time for socialising and relaxation in the beautiful surrounds of Kinnoull. The focus this session was on the music for the new translation of the Missal. The weekend began on Friday evening with a warm-up session of some familiar pieces, and a first look at Dan Schutte’s “Mass of Christ the Saviour”. After St. Mary’s usual filling supper, the group convened again in the chapel for further work on this Mass before the session closed with Night Prayer. Then there was time for everyone to catch up on each other’s news in the Common Room. After breakfast the next morning, there was time for preparation for morning Mass. After Mass, Mgr. Jamie gave a...

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Music & the New Missal – Glasgow Conference

Over a hundred musicians – choir directors, cantors, organists and instrumentalists – from across the Archdiocese of Glasgow converged on St. Aloysius, Garnethill on Saturday 27th August for a workshop run by the Archdiocesan Music Committee on music for the new translation of the Missal. The numbers clearly indicated the level of interest in the topic, and the commitment of the musicians of the Archdiocese to ensuring that their congregations would be prepared for its introduction. After an opening Morning Prayer, Fr. David Wallace (who had just returned from the World Youth Day in Madrid) spoke to participants about the opportunities provided by the new translation. This was an opportunity to look afresh at our liturgy, an opportunity for development and growth. Clearly parishes were different in their resources and needs, and would handle the introduction of the new Missal differently, and this was perfectly acceptable. Changes would take time to get used to, and looking at this positively, it was not a bad thing if we had to slow down when we prayed! Prayer is the main purpose of Mass. We should enjoy the challenge and grasp the opportunity to learn. There are increasingly resources available on the Internet to help with this, including www.romanmissalscotland.org.uk, www.stmungomusic.org.uk, rcag.org.uk/liturgy and others. A number of sessions then followed on musical settings of the new texts. Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick took the participants...

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40th Anniversary Celebration Mass for the St Mungo Singers

St Andrew’s Cathedral will host the 40th anniversary Mass for the St Mungo Singers on Friday Novenber 4th. Archbishop Conti will be principal concelebrant and, as you might expect, much of the Mass will be sung using settings of the new texts by Gerry and Noel. Before summer, the choir learned the dialogue responses for the new Missal so that they could be put on romanmissalscotland.org.uk to help interested people hear how they sound, so many of these will be in use on the day. Last Sunday 11th September we also rehearsed the ‘Dismissal and Blessing’ responses so even the end of the Mass will be special. Before then, of course, the choir will have visited Orvieto and Rome so there’s a lot of work to be done for that...

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