Month: August 2013

The St Mungo Singers 2013 – 2014

The St Mungo Singers 2013 -14 Pics © Gerald Barry The St Mungo Singers gather again this Sunday, 18th August, to begin a new session of service to the Archdiocese of Glasgow. We begin with a sung Mass at 7.00 to which friends and prospective new members are most welcome. As singers and friends roll up to St Leo’s, Dumbreck they will know that every year constitutes a fresh start, and plans are always made which inevitably need adjusted as the Archdiocese, the parishes, Glasgow Churches Together and people ask for support for their liturgies and events. After the Mass on the 18th there will be a welcome, distribution of the schedule until the end of 2013 (always subject to change), a rehearsal of some of the material for the September Concert and refreshments. As usual we will ‘hit the ground running!’   The highlights before Christmas include a concert for liturgical choirs in partnership with the recently formed Eastend Deanery Choir (and any others who wish to join us) on the 19th September in St Thomas’ Church, Riddrie. Many of the choir will go on the trip to Italy based in Sorrento at the beginning of October, with visits to Monte Cassino, Naples and the Amalfi coast.. Some of the choir will be involved in the Archdiocesan Autumn Music Conference later in October, and the annual Requiem in...

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Culross Festival August 15th – 18th 2013

The annual Culross Festival begins on Thursday evening August 15th and finishes on Sunday evening. Tickets are being sold at Rothes Halls until this Wednesday, but there will be some available at event for cash payment. Children’s Event nos. are limited, so please book ahead for these. Events will be staged in various locations throughout the village of Culross, this year, so hope to see you sometime over the weekend. poster Dear Festival Goers Once again Culross Festival has produced an exciting programme of events with music at the heart of it, using the unique venues in our historic village. New for 2013 is our ‘Children’s Book Fayre‘ with plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family. The music begins on Thursday 15 August with our Opening Concert in Culross Abbey featuring songs through the ages in the company of the Culross Festival Choir. Friday sees us dancing on the Village Green (thankfully in a marquee!) in the excellent company of ‘Shamanic‘ and ‘The Jiggers‘ ceilidh bands – supper is included. Saturday starts with the fabulous Children’s Book Fayre with authors, story tellers, and dramatic happenings. The settings include the historic Palace and Town House. Meanwhile the Bands will be setting up for Saturday’s big event, the ‘Gig on the Green‘. The main stage will host SEVEN great bands from far and wide, in this musical spectacular running...

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Article: Music and the Missal

Music and the Missal – a reflection for ‘Open House’   When the new Missal was launched, the hopes of Pope Benedict 16th and the encouragement of Bishop Toal and the bishops of Scotland were in tune with the expectations of priests and parishioners. Our instinct is to support the Church –‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession’ (I Peter 2:9) and we are so aware of our personal and corporate limitations that we begin every Mass by asking forgiveness for our sins. There are some really beautiful phrases, sentences and ideas– ‘you never cease to gather a people to yourself, so that from the rising of the sun to its setting a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name’. ‘Help us to work together for the coming of your Kingdom, until the hour when we stand before you, Saints among the Saints in the halls of heaven . . . and ‘Blessed indeed is your Son, present in our midst when we are gathered by his love, and when, as once for the disciples, so now for us, he opens the Scriptures and breaks the bread……’.   Nevertheless, many of us struggle to be as positive as we would like to be about the Missal. How many superfluous ‘we pray(s)’ are there? And why is it so often long-winded...

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