Month: October 2013

Radioalba.org – an event-based Internet radio station

Radioalba.org a pilot Internet Radio Station – available throughout November as we prepare to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. Those of us who use the term ‘the New Evangelisation’ may sometimes wonder if it isn’t just ‘more of the same’ but, of course, it isn’t necessarily so. It could be said that it at least partly represents a dynamic awareness amongst the Churches of the opportunities present in modern culture and technology to present the Good News in our own culture to and for people who so often live with immense pressure – economic, family and social pressure – but...

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Vespers of St. John Ogilvie 17 October 2013

Previously the Vespers of St. John Ogilvie has been celebrated on his feast day in March. This year, the Jesuit community at St. Aloysius, under its new Parish Priest Fr. Tim Curtis, decided to mark the anniversary of his canonisation. The music for the service was led by the St. Mungo Singers. Before the service started, Dr. Noel Donnelly played some gently reflective music on the clarsach and the choir provided a change of atmosphere to one of rejoicing with Henryk Botor’s lively motet “Misericordias Domini”. The Vespers began with the lovely Newman hymn “Lead, Kindly Light”, followed by James Quinn’s quietly meditative “O Light from Light”, as Fr. Curtis led the procession to the shrine of St. John Ogilvie to light the candles there. The procession continued to the sanctuary as choir and congregation sang the well-known Ogilvie hymn “On the Battlefields of Scotland”. The psalms for the evening were Psalms 114 and 115, both of which reflect the psalmist’s confidence in God’s presence and help in the face of difficulties and danger – very appropriate for a martyr. This theme continued with the Canticle from Philippians, reflecting on Christ’s self-sacrifice, and the responsory “Guard us, Lord, as the apple of your eye”. Fr. Curtis, in his reflection, invited the congregation both to look back to 1976 when John Ogilvie was canonised (an event which some present had...

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St. Mungo Singers in Sorrento

The St. Mungo Singers have a long standing tradition of going on pilgrimage every 2 years. So far the places visited have included Rome, the Holy Land, Malta, Salamanca, Orvieto, Assisi and Siena, and – nearer home – Dublin, York, St. Asaph and Iona. This year the destination was again Italy, with our base in Sorrento which gave easy access to a number of important sites including Naples, Monte Cassino and Amalfi. Forty seven choir members, family and friends set out on 4th October. The following day (Saturday) was planned as a day of leisure to get our bearings but the weather had other ideas. We were greeted by torrential rain – perhaps they were trying to make us feel at home! So most of the day was spent avoiding the downpour and getting to grips with the local cuisine. Fortunately by evening the rain had eased and we made our way to the beautiful Franciscan church of San Francesco for Vigil Mass. We were a little disappointed to learn that the community, having just spent €50,000 on refurbishment of their organ, were not inclined to let us use it, so a choir member was pressed into service to give the starting notes and, nothing daunted, the choir proved it could sing equally well a capella. The joyful and prayerful singing clearly had the required effect as we were...

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The choir in the liturgy

Transcript of Canon Peter McBride’s short reflection on the role of liturgical choirs. Given at the Glasgow Liturgical Choir Concert at St Thomas’s, Riddrie on Thursday 18th September 2013 To hear the audio please click on the file below: audio One definition of a choir is an ensemble of singers, an organized gathering of singers. And its role, the purpose of choirs, is threefold in the worship of the Church. In the very first place their task is to lead the congregation in praising the Lord. They do so by offering a strong united voice which encourages others to join them without fear. The second purpose of a choir is to enhance the musical life of our liturgy. This is done by harmonies and descants that truly enrich the signing of many parts of the Mass as well as familiar hymns. And the third and final role of the choir, of course, is on their own as an organized group of singers to sing music that’s a bit above any average congregation –motets and anthems that truly lifts up the minds and hearts of all who hear them as well as those who sing them. This allows us to dig into the deep treasure of our musical heritage and tradition. So the role, the function of a choir is clear. Pope Francis, speaking to the Priests of Rome at...

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A Vespers of St John Ogilvie at St Aloysius, Garnethill, Thursday 17th October at 7 pm

Celebrating the anniversary of the Canonisation of St John Ogilvie, and looking forward to the 4th centenary of the saint, there will be a Vespers on Thursday 17th October at 7.00. The music will be led by the St Mungo Singers, and, with Archbishop Tartaglia back home from the Holy Land, there is reason to hope that he will be able to preside. The Vespers will begin with the little service of lighting the candles at the national shrine to St John and then the Ogilvie hymn will accompany the procession to the sanctuary for the psalms, canticles, readings, prayers and intercessions. Responsorial style in the psalms is designed to facilitate participation, and these settings particularly of Psalm 114 ‘I walk with you, my God. Each day be at my side’ and of the Canticle from the Letter to the Philippians ‘Though Jesus Christ was in the form of God’ have an added and very appropriate poignancy with the style of the music re-inforcing the power of the texts. And the motet ‘Istorum est enim’ has been chosen because of its fitness to the feast of a martyr: Istorum est enim regnum coelorum – ‘Of such as these is the Kingdom of heaven….’ The service is open to everyone and there will be refreshments provided with the usual warm St Aloysius parish...

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