Month: July 2013

ST ANDREWS AND EDINBURGH ARCHDIOCESAN SINGING DAY

ST ANDREWS AND EDINBURGH ARCHDIOCESAN SINGING DAY on Saturday 31 August in St Michael’s, 53 Blackness Road, Linlithgow, EH49 7JA, from 10.30 for 11 until approx. 3 pm. Includes new Scottish Mass music. More details at www.forthinpraise.co.uk. Admission FREE, but please book. Contact Colette Pye (01875 822895 enquiries@forthinpraise.co.uk) or Evelyn Stell (01506 510366 evelyn.stell@forthinpraise.co.uk). POSTER...

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The Women of Vatican II

  The feast of St. Mary Magdalene (22 July) is marked in many countries around the world by special services. This year the theme was “remembering the women of Vatican II”. The only one taking place in the UK (so far as we know) was held in St. Anne’s church in Glasgow, and was organised by Marie Cooke, a member of the Glasgow Archdiocesan Justice & Peace Commission. The East End Deanery choir, with organist Mark O’Neill and conductor Helen Kane, provided the musical support. The service began with, appropriately, the song of Our Lady, the Magnificat. Those present were then welcomed by Honor Hania, the Secretary of the Commission, who began by reminding everyone of St. Mary Magdalene, and the other women of the Gospels. A selection of readings from the Gospels followed. A powerpoint presentation recalled the variety of women down through the ages who had contributed to the life of the church – founders of religious orders, Doctors of the Church and others – and who still provide powerful role models for contemporary Christians (women and men). This first part of the service was concluded with the singing of Noel Donnelly’s beautiful hymn “Mary the Dawn”). The second part of the service began with a roll call of the 23 “auditoras” who had attended the Vatican Council, whose role had been intended to be purely that...

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Canticles and Biblical Songs

Canticle of Ezechiel: Hear me, my people Words versified (c) Stephen E Smyth from Ezechiel 36:24-28. Music Slane (Be thou my vision) arranged by Gerry Fitzpatrick. St Mungo Music. To access please click on the file below: Sheet music Canticle 1 Peter 2: 21-24: God did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all. Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick. St Mungo Music. Sung by Grace Buckley. To access please click on the file below: Sheet music | audio Canticle Phil 2:6ss: Formed in God Words and music (c) Noel Donnelly. St Mungo Music. Sung by the St Mungo Singers To access please click on the file below: organ Sheet music choir Sheet music | audio Canticle Phil 2:6-11 Though Jesus Christ Words (c) Stephen E Smyth. Music 1: (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick. St Mungo Music. Sung by the St Mungo Singers To access please click on the file below: 1 Sheet music | audio 2 Canticle Ephesians 1:3ss: We bless the God and Father of Jesus Words (c) Stephen E Smyth. Music 1: (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick. Sung by the St Mungo Singers. Music 2: Bunessan (Christ be beside me) To access please click on the file below 1 Sheet music | audio 2 Sheet music |audio Canticle Ephesians 1:3ss: Blessed be God the Father Words and music (c) Noel Donnelly. St Mungo Music. Sung by the St...

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Ordination of Rev. Anthony Wood on 3 July 2013

  Argyll & the Isles gathered joyfully in Oban on the Feast of St. Thomas for the ordination to the priesthood of Rev. Anthony Wood, a native of Stoke-on-Trent, of Polish descent, who had been adopted by St. Kieran’s Campbeltown, and who was being ordained for the Diocese after his studies at the Beda College in Rome. Family and friends from Stoke and Campbeltown, as well as Fr. John Breen, Dean of Studies at Beda, had travelled to Oban to be present for the occasion. The principal celebrant was Bishop Joseph Toal and he was joined by Bishop Emeritus Ian Murray and priests from throughout the Diocese. The music of the liturgy was led and supported by the Diocesan choir under Fr. Michael Hutson. The service began with the joyful processional “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”. The readings were those of the Feast of St. Thomas (Jer. 1:4-9; Eph.2: 19-22 and John 20:24-29). The psalm 23 “Such are the men who seek your Face” was sung by cantor Tony Lappin. After the beginning of the Rite of Ordination, with the calling of the candidate, Bishop Toal addressed the congregation. He invited them to reflect on the mystery of the priesthood. All baptised Christians participate in the priesthood of Christ but the priest is called to do so in a further way. He is to be Christ to others...

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Requiem to Mark the Centenary of the Cadder Pit Disaster

St. Agnes, Lambhill, holds two remembrance Masses each year for those buried in the nearby cemetery and those whose final committal has taken place in the Lambhill Crematorium. This year, the June service was very special as it marked the centenary of the Cadder Pit disaster in which 22 miners had died, 11 of whom had been parishioners of St. Agnes. A poignant reminder of the centenary was the miner’s lamp which was brought to the altar during the Mass. The quietly reflective mood for the service was set by Carissa Bovill playing several pieces on clarsach and concluding with the singing of “Pie Jesu”. The Mass itself began with the processional “Grace to You and Peace” and, as parish priest Fr. Noel Barry incensed the altar, the St. Mungo Singers led the singing of “And in My Flesh I shall See God”. The Psalm for the day was the very appropriate Psalm 15 with its response “You Show your Friends the Path of Life”. In his homily Fr. Barry recalled Sir Christopher Wren’s epitaph in St. Paul’s Cathedral which directs the reader to the great church which he designed and in which he lies. He invited those present to recognise themselves and their presence there as the epitaph for their deceased loved ones. He described St. Agnes’ church itself as an epitaph for those who had died in...

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