Month: March 2014

Glasgow Cantor Course 2014

  Some 40 years ago, a series of courses took place to train people for what was then the newly reintroduced ministry of the cantor. The courses were up to 10 weeks long and drew a large and enthusiastic number of participants. But that was then, when the renewal of the liturgy was a new experience which generated great excitement. So when it was suggested to the Music Committee of the Archdiocese of Glasgow that there was an interest in a course for cantors, it was with some uncertainty that they looked at putting together a course. Would sufficient people be interested and would they – could they – give the commitment for a number of weeks, in what is a very different world today? The answer we now know is “yes” to both questions. Over 50 participants from 23 parishes turned up for the course which ran for 4 successive Tuesday evenings in St. Simon’s, Partick, from 11 February to 4 March. From the evaluation sheets returned at the end, the response to the course was overwhelmingly positive. The aim of the course was to give cantors the tools and the resources to carry out their ministry and, where appropriate, to build up their confidence. Because of the numbers attending, it was decided to split participants into one group of more experienced cantors and two groups of beginners...

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radioalba.org March 30th – April 5th 2014

The week ahead: 30th March 2014 – on radioalba.org Christian http://radioalba.org/ Morning Prayers on radioalba.org christian at 8.00 and on the hour and half hour until 11.30. a schools Morning Prayer will be at 8.15 and on the quarter past and quarter to the hour until 11.45. Music by Carissa Bovill will follow the schools Morning Prayer. Stations of the Cross will be on radioalba.org at 12.00 This week’s Morning Prayer for Lent (from Sunday 30th) will be led by Jean Swinbank. The St Mungo Singers sing Lead, Kindly Light, Ps 117 and a verse of the Benedictus to...

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Vespers of St. John Ogilvie

The Jesuit community of St. Aloysius celebrates the Feast of St. John Ogilvie on 10th March each year with great joy. This year there was an added uplift to the celebration as it marked the 399th anniversary of John Ogilvie’s martyrdom, the last celebration before the 4th centenary which will be marked in a special way. The service was led by Bishop-elect John Keenan, together with members of the Jesuit community, with musical support from the St. Mungo Singers. As the congregation, including a substantial representation from the Knights of St. Columba, gathered, the choir sang Botor’s joyful “Misericordias Domini”, and Blessed John Henry Newman’s “Lead, KindlyLight”. Bishop-elect Keenan then led the procession to the shrine of St. John Ogilivie to light the candles there, as the congregation joined in singing James Quinn’s “O Light from Light”. The celebrants then continued to the sanctuary as the well-known Ogilvie hymn “On the Battlefields of Scotland” filled the church. Fr. Curtis, parish priest of the community, welcomed everyone to the service, with a particular welcome for the Bishop-elect in what must be for him a very busy month. The Vespers continued with the singing of psalms 114 and 115, and the Canticle from the Letter to the Philippians (“Thought Jesus Christ was in the form of God”). After the scripture reading from 1 Peter, Bishop-elect Keenan gave the reflection. He recalled...

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