Month: May 2013

Argyll & the Isles Music Weekend May 2013

Argyll & the Isles church musicians gathered again at Kinnoull on 10 May to work, pray and enjoy each other’s company. Almost 50 musicians from across the Diocese joined Fr. Michael Hutson to refresh and expand their repertoire, and to prepare for the celebration on 9th June of the 1450th anniversary of the arrival of St. Columba on Iona and the ordination on 3 July of Deacon Tony Woods to the priesthood. The music this weekend included the Columba- themed pieces “Sail the Soul” (by Liam Lawton) and “From Erin’s Shore” (The Iona Community), Paul Inwood’s Psalm 128(127), Gerry Fitzpatrick’s new setting of the Baptismal Creed, and Gerald Carr’s “The Lord’s my Shepherd”, as well as a new Gaelic setting of Psalm 15 by Pauline McDonald. As well as music rehearsals, the musicians put what they had sung into practice at the celebration of Morning and Evening Prayer and Mass each day, experiencing how music enhances the liturgy. In addition to the rehearsals and liturgies, the participants also enjoyed reflections from Fr. Roddy Johnston and Mgr. James MacNeill. Fr. Roddy continued his series of reflections on the Psalms. His subject this time was Psalm 22, which tied in with one of the new pieces the group had been learning. This psalm is one on which so much could be said. It was about the relationship between God and each...

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A Vespers for the Year of Faith

The church of the Immaculate Conception in Maryhill provided a beautiful setting for the celebration of sung Vespers for the Year of Faith on 12 May. The parishioners were joined by the Archdiocesan choir (the St. Mungo Singers), and representatives of other local churches for the service. The choir set a prayerful atmosphere with the singing of Catherine Walker’s “Great God, be near me” and the classic Newman hymn “Lead, Kindly Light”, before leading the congregation in the singing of James Quinn’s “O Light from Light, our footsteps guide” as Parish Priest Fr. Lawlor lit the candles for the beginning of the service. This was followed by the lovely and joyful Easter hymn “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus”. The psalms for the liturgy were the Easter psalm 117 and psalm 66, with the Canticle from Ephesians 3. The responsory used the venerable “Christus Vincit”, and the Magnificat was the Fitzpatrick Morar setting. Fr. Lawlor in his reflection invited those present to stop and think about one word “sanctification” – what did it mean to be holy, to belong to God. Holiness and faith are not possessions, not something external to us. Holiness in a sense is something passive, something which happens to us, which affects our senses, which we experience. Quoting St. John Vianney, he invited those present to sit down, shut up and let God speak to us! Intercessions...

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Vespers for the Year of Faith May 12th 2013

The parish of the Immaculate Conception, Maryhill, will welcome guests from neighbouring parishes and local churches along with the St Mungo Singers as it hosts a Vespers for the Year of Faith at 7.00 on Sunday 12th May. The service will begin with the lighting of candles as people, led by the choir, sing James Quinn’s ‘O Light from Light, our footsteps guide’ before the opening...

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