Month: October 2012

St Mungo Cantata November 13th 2012

Cantatas seem to have originated with St Philip Neri’s efforts to enliven religious instruction. He made the lesson and the stories memorable by clothing them in song and dance, in juggling, in recitation, reading, with prayers suited to their age, and with whatever other participative resources could be found. Since the 1980s lots of Glasgow Schools have used the Cantatas as an imaginative and enjoyable educational tool so that pupils learned about St Andrew, St Columba, St Patrick, St Constantine, St Ninian, St Brigid, Our Lady and St Joseph, King David, Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem, St Julie, St Paul, and St Mungo.             This year ‘The Legend of St Mungo’ will take place in Glasgow Cathedral (where it was first launched in 1990) on Tuesday 13thNovember. There are so many participants that we are not promoting attendance (this is not the Kelvin Hall where we performed the Cantata with 68 schools and lots of people). This Cantata was written by David Morris, son of the former Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, and Gerry Fitzpatrick, and it involves 21 schools (with about 600 children), and an ensemble from 2nd Year BEd Music students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow and some musician friends. We are glad to welcome the Lord Provost Cllr Sadie Docherty and other representatives of the Churches and...

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Installation of Archbishop Tartaglia

The Mass to inaugurate the Pastoral Ministry of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia as Archbishop of Glasgow took place in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 8 September (the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) in the presence of fellow bishops, priests and religious, representatives of the parish communities of the Archdiocese, leaders of other churches and invited guests from local authorities within the Archdiocese, and from the police and fire services. As the congregation gathered for the service, the Archdiocesan choir, the St.Mungo Singers, were joined by members of the Cathedral parish choir and instrumentalists in providing music to create an atmosphere of quiet anticipation. Then the clergy of the Archdiocese processed to the Sanctuary, as the choirs led the congregation in singing the Introit: ‘I lift my soul to you, I trust you, Lord my God’ and then the prophetic “Tell out, my soul”. audio A cantor introduced the Pauline Greeting “Grace to you and peace”, as Archbishop Tartaglia arrived at the door of the Cathedral, accompanied by his brother Canon Gerard Tartaglia and by Archbishop Emeritus Conti, and was greeted by Mgr. McElroy, the Provost of the Cathedral Chapter. The Rite of Sprinkling followed as the congregation sang the Canticle of Ezekiel “Hear me, my people”. The Archbishop then moved on to the Blessed Sacrament chapel for a moment of prayer before vesting forMass. Meanwhile the church...

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St.Mungo Singers in the Footsteps of St. Mungo

Glasgow – St Asaph On the weekend of 28 September – 1 October, the St.Mungo Singers followed in the footsteps of their patron saint in this, the 1400th anniversary of his death. Over 40 choir members with family and friends travelled by bus toNorth Wales to visit St. Mungo’s foundation at St. Asaph and other Celtic shrines. Their base for the visit was the lovely seaside town of Llandudno. They spent Saturday in Chester, enjoying the sun, the history and the shopping, before heading to St.Asaph to meet the Bishop of St. Asaph, Bishop Gregor Cameron, who had visited Glasgow in January of this year to give the homily at the ecumenical St.Mungo service in Glasgow Cathedral. St.Asaph’s Cathedral was hosting the BBC and the North Wales International Music Festival that week but the St. Mungo Singers were able to join the Cathedral community for an Evening Service in the beautiful Cathedral. They were warmly welcomed by Bishop Cameron and the Dean of the Cathedral Nigel Williams, and John Owen Roberts, the Mayor of St. Asaph. They expressed their pleasure that the choir had come down to further cement the links between the cities – St Asaph was consecrated by St Mungo to be abbot of the Church at Llanelwy when St. Mungo was called to return to Glasgow by Rydderch King of Strathclyde. The St.Mungo Singers had brought...

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