Month: January 2012

The Mass of our Celtic Roots 2012

                  To hear an interview with Bailie Catherine McMaster (who represented the Lord Provost at the Mass), Fr Peter Griffiths S.J. (Parish Priest of St Aloysius, Garnethill), David Harris (choirmaster of St Mungo’s, Alloa) and Frances Dunlop ( Gaelic singer and poet), click on the first file below: podcast audio This Mass is an act of worship in communion with the church throughout the world on the 4th Sunday of the Year, but it also expresses both our delight in being Scots and our traditional hospitality to visitors among us for the Celtic Connections Festival. Several choirs from the parishes of the Archdiocese of Glasgow join with the St Mungo Singers and the choir of St Mungo’s, Alloa, and are accompanied by Piper, Harpist and Ensemble. The chief concelebrant this year is Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick, the homilist is Fr Michael Hutson, the clergy will be wearing the beautiful vestments of the Celtic Saints created by the ‘Sacred Threads’ and a new setting of Eucharistic Prayer 2 will be sung. Bailie Catherine McMaster will epresent the Lord Provost of Glasgow. The intercessions, in English, Gaelic, and Irish Gaelic, include : ‘We pray for the citizens of Glasgow, both new and old, for performers and guests who have come here to enjoy and take part in the Festival, for people who use the...

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The St. Mungo Mass 2012

The Diocesan Mass in honour of its Patron saint was celebrated at St. Mungo’s, Townhead, on his feastday, 13th January. Priests from across the Diocese joined principal celebrant, Archbishop Conti, the Passionist community at St. Mungo’s, the St. Mungo Singers, instrumentalists and a large congregation for the celebration. Before the Mass, the instrumentalists played quietly, setting a prayerful ambience, the choir sang the Chilcott Irish Blessing and a great group of children from St. Mungo’s Primary sang the St. Mungo Rhyme (with actions for the tree, fish etc.!). The opening procession then took place as everyone joined in singing “Be Thou my Vision”. After a word of welcome to all present from Archbishop Conti, the Penitential Rite began, concluding with the plainsong Kyrie Eleison. Reflecting the special celebratory nature of this Mass, the Gloria was then sung (in the new St.Andrew setting), followed by the readings and sung Psalm and Gospel Acclamation. In his homily, Archbishop Conti spoke of the particular significance of this year’s celebration, the 1400th anniversary of St. Mungo’s death – although, as he joking recalled, when he came to Glasgow as Archbishop ten years ago, we were about to celebrate the 1400th anniversary then. When thinking of what piece of music summed up for him St. Mungo, he had to choose the “Glasgow Anthem” by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, which incorporates the City Motto: “Let Glasgow...

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St. Mungo Festival Service at Glasgow Cathedral

The second service of the Festival was held at Glasgow Cathedral and was attended by representatives of the member churches of Glasgow Churches Together, as well as members of their congregations, representatives of local and national government, the universities and the legal profession and other city services. The Cathedral provided a beautiful venue for the service which was a wonderful mix of prayer in word and song, music and dance! The City Council had provided tiered seating for the service and this gave a greater spatial focus. As the clergy processed in, the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band played, then piper Willie Park, who had been welcoming the congregation outside, created a beautiful atmosphere for the opening of the service as the sound of his pipes faded into the distance within the cathedral itself. Then Bailie Cathie McMaster called out twice “Let Glasgow Flourish” to which the congregation responded “By the preaching of His word” “By the praising of His Name” before the choirs (the St. Mungo Singers,with Russkaya Cappella) led them in the rousing opening hymn “Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah”. In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Whitley reflected on the quite tentative beginnings of this celebration, some five years before, and its growth into the Mungo Festival. He gave a special welcome to Bishop Gregory Cameron who travelled up from St. Asaph in Wales for the service. The...

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The St. Mungo Festival 2012

The annual St. Mungo Festival in Glasgow goes from strength to strength. This year there is the added incentive of celebrating the 1400th anniversary of St. Mungo’s death. The Festival began with a short event in the Mitchell Library, where the life of St. Mungo was celebrated in word and song. The celebration began with Carissa Bovill playing an introductory air on clarsach, and the St. Mungo Singers singing the opening of the Latin Vespers of St. Mungo. Then Bailie Cathy McMaster, in her welcome on behalf of the City Council, explained that the 12th century Life of St. Kentigern by Jocelin of Furness (the ” Vita Kentigerni”), was written not only as a life of the saint who founded Glasgow but also as a political document which aimed to raise the profile and status of Glasgow as a place of pilgrimage, trade and commerce. She invited everyone to allow themselves to be taken back to when the Vita was being written, to recognise that they were all “Mungo’ s Bairns” and to appreciate the history of their city. (You can read the text of Bailie McMaster’s speech below this article) Then some of Mungo’s Bairns from St. Andrew’s Secondary and St. Timothy’s Primary (one in suitable episcopal dress) sang the Pilgrim Song of Mungo (written by Liz Bovill). Excerpts from the Vita were then read in English and...

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Brother Lewis (Edward Vincent Dorrian) FMS

  The Marist Community in Glasgow buried another of its family, Brother Lewis, on 6 January 2012. The main concelebrant at the funeral Mass was Mgr. John Gilmartin, one of many students who had been taught by Br. Lewis during his career. The music of the Mass was led by the St. Mungo Singers. Before the Mass began, the choir sang the Introit for the Dead “Just as Jesus died and rose” and Noel Donnelly’s “How blest are those who have died in the Lord”, and Dr. Donnelly played gently meditative clarsach pieces. Then the choir led the congregation in the singing of “Be Thou my Vision” as the priests processed to the Sanctuary. audio The homily was given by Br. Brendan, Provincial of the Marists. He recalled Br. Lewis’ life and work – from his birth in Govan, through his training and studies, his teaching career firstly in St. Mungo’s Academy before going to Nigeria. There he had experienced the Biafran war, returning to the country after a brief home visit to help in the distribution of food to the starving population, and facing the dangers of bombing. At the end of the war he had been imprisoned after being captured by Federal troops and took mischievous delight in introducing himself afterwards as an “ex-con”. Having to leave Nigeria, he studied theology at Maynooth and then became Headmaster...

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