Month: January 2013

St Mungo’s Bairns: 11th January City Chambers Glasgow

St Mungo’s Bairns           Deputy Lord Provost Gerald Leonard St Mungo in person The Welly Boot Song The Banqueting Hall of Glasgow’s City Chambers was buzzing last Friday when lots of Glasgow Primary schools gathered to celebrate St Mungo. The schools were assisted by 1st year students from the St Andrew Department of Education at Glasgow University who had been working with them as part of their own training. ‘St Mungo’ himself started proceedings before the students and pupils were given a very warm welcome by Deputy Lord Provost Gerry Costello who shared with them the delight of being ‘Mungo’s Bairns’ before handing over the conducting of the event to two pupils from Lourdes Secondary, Greg and Melissa, who managed the proceedings with admirable ease. After a friendly introduction by the two youthful comperes the first ‘Glasgow’ song was sung by children of Our Lady of the Rosary Primary led by a young lady who bore a strong resemblance to a tramcar ‘clippie,’ and time flew by as school after school displayed its familiarity with the story of St Mungo and it’s affection for Glasgow – St Patrick’s Primary, Garscadden Primary, St Mary’s Primary, St Brendan’s Primary and lots more. Songs included the ‘Welly Boot Song’ and the final song in the series was given by St Paul’s Primary, Whiteinch whose ‘Glasgow Song’ is now...

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St. Mungo Festival Service

St. Mungo’s Feast was well and truly celebrated in Glasgow this year. As well as the Mass in St. Mungo’s church, there was an ecumenical service in Glasgow Cathedral on the evening of the Feast. It was attended by representatives from the many Christian communities in Glasgow including Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Russian Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, Methodist, Salvation Army, United Free, United Reformed. Representatives from civic bodies including the City Council, Trades House and Merchants House were also present, as was the Romanian Consul. The ancient links with Culross inFife were highlighted by the presence of Rev. Jayne Scott, the Minister of Culross and Torryburn and members of her parish community. Music for the service was provided by the St. Mungo Singers, Russkaya Cappella, and the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band, with soloists Willie Park (piper) and Carissa Bovill (clarsach), and young dancers from Visual Statement Dance Group, which is based in the East End of Glasgow, also took part. Piper Willie Park braved the cold to welcome the congregation to the Cathedral, and the Salvation Army Band played inside as they gathered. Then Bailie Margot Clark began the service by twice proclaiming “Let Glasgow Flourish!” to which the congregation responded “by the preaching of His word”, “by the praising of His name”, before singing the Altus Prosator – a hymn written by St. Columba who was a contemporary of St....

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Mass of St. Mungo 2013

The annual Archdiocesan Mass in honour of its patron saint, St. Mungo, was held, appropriately, in the church which bears his name, St. Mungo’s Townhead, on 13 January 2013. The Mass was also the occasion of the induction of the community’s new Parish Priest, Fr. John Craven, as well as the beginning of the celebration of 40 Hours’ Adoration – a great combination of celebrations. Archbishop Tartaglia joined the Passionist community as principal celebrant for the Mass. Before the liturgy began, Dr. Noel Donnelly played quiet clarsach music, a group of children from St. Mungo’s Primary sang the St. Mungo Rhyme (with appropriate mime), and the St. Mungo Singers led the congregation in singing the St. Mungo Song. The Mass itself began with the singing of “Be Thou my Vision” as Archbishop Tartaglia and the clergy processed to the sanctuary. Archbishop Tartaglia welcomed the capacity congregation, including guests Cllr. Gordon Matheson (Leader of Glasgow City Council), the head teachers of St. Mungo’s Primary and St. Mungo’s Academy, the School Captains from St. Mungo’s Academy and the children representing St. Mungo’s Primary, and Mr. Charlie McLuskey and members of the Knights of St. Columba, to the celebration in honour of the first Bishop of Glasgow. The music of the Mass was a rich blend from a wide range of periods and traditions: Gerry Fitzpatrick’s Dunkeld Kyrie, the plainsong Gloria, Frank...

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St. Mungo Festival 2013

The Mitchell Library was again the venue for celebrating the Vita Kentigerna – the mediaeval Life of St. Mungo – in words and song. The entrance area had been beautifully set out with explanatory banners and copies of the facsimile of the Vita Kentigerna and copies of other mediaeval scripts to catch the attention of people coming into the Library cafe area. The celebration began with gentle clarsach music from Carissa Bovill, followed by the beginning of the Latin Morning Prayer for the Feast of St. Mungo sung by Fr. George Gillespie and members of the St. Mungo Singers. Mrs. Catherine McMaster, a former member of Glasgow City Council who had done much to develop the St.Mungo Festival, introduced the event, explaining that what had just been heard would have been what people would have heard in the 12th Century Cathedral at the time of Bishop Jocelyn. He had been an inspirational figure for Glasgow, who had a clear idea of what he wanted the city to be. Under him,Glasgow had become an independent diocese, instead of being subject to the Archdiocese of York. He had also commissioned the monk, Jocelyn of Furness, to write the Vita Kentigerna to celebrate Glasgow’s beginnings. Some of the children from The Children’s Singing Studio of the Glasgow Russian Orthodox Parish School under their director, Svetlana Zverevska, then sang the hauntingly beautiful Glorification...

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Glasgow’s St Mungo Festival 2013

Vibrant Glasgow will be theme of city’s St Mungo Festival  By BILL HEANEY Sunday, 06 January 2013 Preparations for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and how Glasgow shapes up as a major European city will be just two of the themes explored during this year’s St Mungo Festival. The Festival, celebrating the life ofGlasgow’s patron saint, will involve a multi-cultural presentation of events across the city and will be officially opened by Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, on Thursday, January 10. Clr Matheson will introduce the Molendinar Lecture entitled Glasgow and Europe — the care and repair of Cities, which will be given by David Mackay, an international architect and city planner, who has lived and worked in Barcelona for 50 years. The lecture will take place in the Satinwood suite of Glasgow City Chambers in George Square at 7pm following a civic reception for invited guests at 6.30pm. On Friday (Jan 11), the City Chambers will echo to the sound of music from Mungo’s Bairns when primary school children will sing and dance recount stories of St Mungo. Students from Glasgow University will assist the young people with presentations and pupils from Lourdes Secondary School will be involved with the production and performance which takes place in the Banqueting Hall from 10.00 -11.30am. Later in the day, at 1pm, the third annual presentation of the Molendinar...

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