Month: June 2013

Mass to Celebrate the 1450th Anniversary of the Arrival of St. Columba on Iona

The national Mass to celebrate the 1450th anniversary of St. Columba’s arrival on Iona was held on his feast day in the cathedral dedicated to him in Oban. The principal celebrant was Bishop Joseph Toal of Argyll & the Isles, and he was joined by other members of the Bishops’ Conference, the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Mennini, and representatives of other churches and local and national civic life. Especially welcome were visitors from Kells in the Diocese of Meath in Ireland, including Bishop Michael Smith and the parish priest of Kells and members of the town council who had brought with them a beautiful copy of the Book of Kells, the original of which had been produced on Iona. The copy is to be on display in Oban over the summer, and during the Mass it was placed on a stand within the sanctuary. Some two hours before the Mass started, the choirs involved – the Diocesan choir and the Girls’ Gaelic Choir from Uist &Barra – gathered for rehearsal, having travelled by car, bus, rail and sea for the occasion. It was a beautiful summer’s day and soon they were joined by people from across the Diocese. Before the liturgy began, the bells of the Cathedral were re-inaugurated and blessed for service by Bishop Toal and they rang for the Mass. A group of young people who had gone...

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Ordination of Rev. Stuart Reynolds

There was a wonderful, joyful feeling in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist (24 June) as people gathered for the ordination to the priesthood of Stuart Reynolds. A substantial number of priests from the Diocese and some of his classmates from the seminary at Maynooth joined Archbishop Tartaglia and Archbishop Emeritus Conti to support the ordinand. The music of the liturgy was led by the St. Mungo Singers. Before the service began, Dr. Noel Donnelly provided music on the clarsach, and the choir sang a number of motets. The clergy then processed into the Cathedral to the singing of “Grace to you and Peace”, followed by the Benedictus, so appropriate for this day when the birth of John the Baptist was remembered. After the Liturgy of the Word, the Rite of Ordination began with the calling and presentation of the candidate to the Archbishop. In his address to candidate and congregation which followed, Archbishop Tartaglia reminded everyone of the duties and the demands made of a priest, recalling not only the words of Pope Francis on the need for a priest to “smell of the sheep” but also John the Baptist’s understanding of his role – to decrease so that Christ might increase. The atmosphere in the Cathedral was now one of quiet focus and prayer as the candidate confirmed his...

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Glasgow Churches Together Pilgrimage to Culross

Glasgow Churches Together (GCT) wanted their pilgrimage this year to commemorate both David Livingstone on the 200th anniversary of his birth, and St. Columba on the 1450th anniversary of his coming to Iona. But where to go? Iona would really need two days (and Africa was even further!) so a compromise was Culross which has links with St. Mungo and Glasgow. The connection? – St. Columba is recorded as having met St. Mungo and exchanged pastoral staffs with him, and David Livingstone spent much time in Glasgow where he studied. So a busload of pilgrims met in Glasgow city centre in the pouring rain on Saturday 22 June to travel through to Culross. They did rather wonder about the wisdom of their choice in view of the miserable weather but the warmth of the welcome at Culross Abbey from the minister, the Rev. Jayne Scott, and her parishioners more than made up for the rain. Indeed the rain stopped long enough for the pilgrims to walk up the hill to the Abbey and get ensconced in the Abbey teashop for tea, coffee and homebaking, before making their way into the Abbey for a short service. Before the service, there was an opportunity to look round the Abbey (and admire the depiction of St. Mungo and St. Serf in the main window of the Abbey) and appreciate the work being...

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The St Mungo Singers – June 2013

The St Mungo Singers June is a busy month: Glasgow the Welcoming City at Glasgow City Chambers on Sunday 9th June. the Funeral of Kitty Boyle at St Paul’s, Whiteinch on the 18th and 19th June Culross Pilgrimage with Glasgow Churches Together on Saturday 22nd June, leaving George Square at 10.00 and returning for 5.00. Ordination of Rev Stuart Reynolds in St Andrew’s Cathedral on Monday 24th June at 7.00 Mass for the Centenary of the Lambhill Pit Disaster on Sunday 30th June at St Agnes’ Lambhill at 3.00 Final arrangements are being made re the choir trip to Sorrento, Monte Casino, the Amalphi Coast and Naples in...

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Glasgow the Welcoming City 2013

This year’s celebration of Glasgow the Welcoming City, organised by Glasgow Churches Together on behalf of the City Council, had a slightly different approach because of the attention appropriately given to the 1450th anniversary of St Columba going to Iona, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone. The Piper welcomed people to the Chambers outside, and the ensemble of Whistle, Violin and Clarsach played at the top of the magnificent marble staircase so that the music swirled throughout the building. In the Banqueting Hall itself the Rutherglen Salvation Army delighted people with their usual high quality introduction, and the St Mungo Singers sang ‘My Shepherd will Supply”(a polyphonic setting of an ancient Scots tune) before the St Mungo Ensemble prepared for the opening of the service with some haunting airs. Before the processional entry of Bailie McLaughlin and the Church representatives, the choir led people in ‘Send me, Jesus’ – Thuma Mina – a theme suitable for both David and St Columba. The band led us in Columba’s great hymn, the Altus Prosator, ‘O God, thou art the Father’ and Bailie McLaughlin, clearly very proud of Glasgow and its tradition of hospitality gave a warm welcome to all gathered there, and he looked forward to our next great opportunity to show that hospitality in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Rev Alan Anderson, Chair of Glasgow Churches...

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