Month: September 2013

Liturgical Choirs in Prayer and Song

Nearly 200 singers and musicians gathered on 19 September in St. Thomas’s, Riddrie for a celebration of liturgical music and the role of choirs in the liturgy of the church. The service was hosted by parish priest Canon Peter McBride and the community of St. Thomas’s, and the church was truly beautiful and welcoming. Among the singers were the St. Mungo Singers, the East End Deanery Choir (both of which have members from many parishes throughout the Archdiocese), and members of the choirs of St. Mary’s Duntocher and Sacred Heart Cumbernauld, with cantors from local parishes. The instrumentalists were Claire O’Neill, Carissa Bovill, John Allan, and Ann Marie Berrie, as well as organists Jane McKenna and Mark O’Neill, and piper Jacqueline Riley. The celebration began with piper Jacqueline introducing the much loved modern tune “Highland Cathedral”, followed by the massed choirs singing the words which Br. Stephen Smyth set to it – “God our Creator, hear us sing in praise”. Canon McBride then lit the candles on the altar as the choirs sag James Quinn’s “O Light from Light”. The prayerful atmosphere set by this lovely antiphon was continued by the proclamation of Isaiah 55, “Seek the Lord while he is still to be found”, sung by cantor, as the congregation knelt. This introductory part of the service finished with prayers and the singing of “You alone are holy”....

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Artists for Mary’s Meals

Dear Friends, Artists for Mary’s Meals is proud to announce our fundraising events for 2013. This is our fifth year of supporting the amazing work of Mary’s Meals. Our art exhibitions and concerts have raised the money to build three school feeding shelters in Malawi and this year we start the fund for our fourth. It could be built in any of the sixteen countries in which Mary’s Meals works. Could you please support our efforts by spreading our posters, flyers and invitations around your family, friends, and colleagues? We are happy to deliver batches of these to your home address if you can’t print them out. Just let me know. Please encourage your friends to attend the opening of our Fine Art Exhibition at The Glasgow Art Club at 2.30pm on Sunday 20th October. They will receive a glass of wine and enjoy a harp and violin recital while admiring the work of some of Scotland’s finest artists. We hope you will want to order tickets for our two concerts in the beautiful Mackintosh Music Room of the House for an Artlover. The musicians are all professionals and there will be fabulous crafts for sale in the Mackintosh dining room. Please email me your requests. Thank you for your support Netta Ewing Co-ordinator of Artists for Mary’s...

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Liturgical Choirs in Concert at St Thomas’ Riddrie Sept 19th

Riddrie church will resound to the sound of liturgical music St Thomas’ Church at Riddrie in Glasgow will resound with music on Thursday 19th September at 7pm when singers and musicians and parishioners gather for a recital of church music in the context of a liturgy of the Word. John Allan on the whistle, Clare O’Neill on the violin and Carissa Bovill on the clarsach will provide a lovely tapestry of sound at the outset. The piper, Jacqueline Riley, will welcome people as they approach the church, and she will lead the entire gathering in the hymn ‘God our Creator’ to the thrilling sound of ‘Highland Cathedral’. As candles are lit the choirs will sing James Quinn’s haunting lines ‘O Light from Light our footsteps guide’ before the Cantor, Grace Buckley, sings the passage from Isaiah 55 ‘Seek The Lord while he is still to be found… Canon Peter McBride will lead the congregation in prayer and welcome them to St Thomas’. The music will span many centuries, including plainsong, the words of St Patrick’s Breastplate from the 8th century, to a modern tune, music from the Renaissance, the Baroque, classical, Romanic eras and music of the present day. Monsignor Gerry Fitzpatrick, the Archdiocesan director of music, said: “Choir music gives much joy both to those who sing and those who listen! But the renewal of the liturgy set...

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