Month: March 2013

Week of Prayer 2013: Ecumenical Vespers at Broomhil

On Sunday 20th January the churches of the area met at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour for our annual unity service. This year the unity service diverged from the main guidelines prepared by the Christians of India. We departed from their theme and arranged a more Glasgow approach since our Patron St. Kentigern’s feast had just been celebrated by the city in Glasgow Cathedral, High St, on 13th January. The Jordanhill liturgical choir conducted and led by Alan Taverner have always been keen to be part of our ecumenical prayer gatherings. They explore the old and new liturgical music to enhance prayer participation. So Fr. Gillespie and Alan got together to produce an abridged version of the ancient vespers for the feast of St Mungo. The service started with a welcome to more than 100 people who had gathered in united prayer led by Rev C Renwick of Jordanhill parish Church, Jack Drummond of Broomhill Parish church, Rev Sidney Maitland of All Saints Episcopal church, Rev. Campbell McKinnon of Balshagray Victoria Church of Scotland and Rev George Gillespie of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour parish. The service began with a welcome and explanation of the evening prayer (vespers). Each psalm was introduced by the choir singing the antiphon and then the people recited the psalm, ending with all joining the choir in the sung antiphon. At the end of...

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Vespers of St John Ogilvie 2013

Vespers of St John Ogilvie The annual Vespers marking the Feast of St John Ogilvie took place on a bitterly cold March 10th evening at St Aloysius Church in Garnethill. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, who acknowledged that this was his first experience of such a Vespers in the Jesuit parish since his appointment as Archbishop of Glasgow, was welcomed by the Harp playing of Noel Donnelly and by the St Mungo Singers in their confident rendering of ‘Misericordias Domini. Before the service began, choir and congregation enjoyed singing Newman’s ‘Lead Kindly Light’ and then we stood to welcome Archbishop Tartaglia and the servers as they approached the shrine of St John to light the evening candles. The choir sang ‘Hail, gladdening light’ and then responded with the congregation to the prayer: Yours is the day and yours the night, Lord God: Let the Sun of Justice shine so steadily in our hearts, That we may come at length to that light where you dwell eternally. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen The traditional hymn for the feast ‘On the battlefields of Scotland’ was sung with devotion and conviction. The 2 psalms chosen for the Vespers seemed so suitable for the feast of one who had learned to...

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The St Mungo Singers Annual Requiem: Friday 8th March 7.00 St Leo’s, Dumbreck

Annual Requiem: Friday 8th March 7.00 St Leo’s, Dumbreck   ‘Remember those, O Lord, who in your peace have died…..’ audio The St Mungo Singers gathered at St Leo’s on Friday 8th March to remember with gratitude the many singers who have been part of the choir’s life in the past 41 years. Their very names conjure up memories of music and events over such a long time. The early days when we had to persuade one of our most friendly and musical basses not to smoke his cigars in the back row of the choir during rehearsals; or the lady soprano who sang like an angel but who had outstanding and public difficulty in parking her many cars – to mention but two. Then the liturgical music we promoted and introduced in the Archdiocese and our special early motets such as the Tallis ‘If ye love me’ and the Bach ‘Praise the king of all Creation’ (words by James Quinn SJ.) Their names: Norma Anderson, Margaret Bell, Eileen Boyle, Mary Connor, Kathleen Caldwell, Pat Cassidy, Mary Canning, Agnes Chalmers, Nicola Clare, Ann Faulkner, May Gibson, Ann Gribbon, Chrissie Higgins, Sarah Kay Maureen Kelly, Agnes Limond, Betty McCaffrey, Kathleen Mac Donald, Cathie Padden, Daria Romano, Mattie Riley, Yolanda Santangeli, Cathy Smith, Mary Smith, Lena Tierney, Sadie Topping, John Ballantyne James Boyle, Brother Christopher, Richard Doak, Harry Farrell, Ronnie McIntyre,...

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Morning Prayers

A Morning Prayer for St Patrick’s Day leaflet | audio A Morning Prayer for Lent (1) leaflet | audio A Morning Prayer for Lent (2) leaflet | audio A Morning Prayer for Lent (3) leaflet | audio A Morning Prayer for Lent (4) audio   Morning Prayer: a reflection Many parishes in the Archdiocese have developed the custom of Morning Prayer before Mass on weekdays. This has attracted the support of bands of devoted parishioners whose lives have been enriched with a new familiarity with the psalms and songs of the bible which are so much part of the ‘Prayer of the Church.’ I am sure that people wouldn’t be turning up for the Morning Prayers unless they were already getting something out of them. But I have some misgivings about the psalms simply being recited, possibly because I remembered my college days when we charged through the psalms of Sunday Vespers in Latin—I remember ‘In exitu Israel de Aegypto, domus Jacob de populo barbaro’ sung to the unforgettable ‘Tonus peregrinus.’ Psalms are meant to be sung, and when we recite them, I think that we may be overlooking some of our resources. More than 30% of the parishes in the Archdiocese consistently sing the responsorial psalm at their Sunday liturgy, and there is no reason why we shouldn’t use those psalm resources when we are introducing Morning Prayer....

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St Aloysius Concerts 12t and 26th March

Concert of Sacred Music Tue 12 March 2013, 16:45 – 17:15 St Aloysius Church This short concert will feature a wide variety of music from the Catholic tradition as well as spirituals, African and Hebrew music. It will be sung by the three choirs in our new Schola Cantorum Tuesday 26th March 7.30 pm Stainer’s...

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