Month: November 2014

Children’s Cantata 2014

  Last year’s venue for the Glasgow Churches Together Children’s Cantata, Wellington Church, proved so successful that it was the clear choice for this year. The church was filled with around 650 children (from 20 schools*) plus teachers, helpers, instrumentalists*, and guests. There was a real buzz of excitement as the children, who had rehearsed separately in their own schools, came together for the first time with the music students from the Education Department of the University of Glasgow, violinists from Bannerman High and the other instrumentalists for a brief rehearsal (under conductors Marie Warrington and Moira Summers) before the Cantata began. It always seems a miracle that it all comes together so well but this is clearly down to all the hard work put in in the weeks before by the children and their teachers, and the instrumentalists. This year’s cantata was “David and His Song” by Br. Stephen Smyth and Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick. The service began with a procession of children from St. Monica’s school dressed in costume for the characters of the Cantata – David, Saul, Jonathan, Samuel, Hannah and Goliath – bringing down to the front of the church a copy of the Bible which was placed on the lectern. As they did so, everyone joined in singing “God our Creator” to the well-loved tune “Highland Cathedral”, an opening hymn guaranteed to get everyone involved...

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St Andrews Vigil and 1st Anniversary of the Clutha Vaults

Saturday 29th Nov St Andrews Vigil and Clutha Vaults first Anniversary at 3 pm Glasgow Cathedral, High Street, Glasgow. St Andrew’s Day is our national day, and therefore one on which it will be instinctive to want to care for and about our country, and — for those who can pray—that we pray for it and for everyone who lives here. A Piper will welcome people as they approach Glasgow Cathedral, and inside this iconic building an ensemble will play. At this time of growth and development in our country it is fitting that service should open with the harpist singing words of St Columba : ‘My Dearest Lord, be thou a bright flame before me, be thou a guiding star above me, be thou a smooth path beneath me, Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me, today and ever more.’ All are most welcome to join the Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, the Archbishop, the Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery, the First Minster, and our Lord Provost, Cllr Sadie Docherty. The music will be led by the St Mungo Singers, the choir of the High School of Glasgow, a soloist from Glasgow Cathedral Choir and an ensemble and harpist....

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The Blessing of the Crib: George Square, Glasgow 6.30 Wed 3rd December

The Blessing of the Glasgow Crib George Square, for 6.30 Wed 3rd December Let us pray Loving God, Your Son Jesus came among us as a sign of your love for us all. This crib is a symbol of his birth and of his sharing our humanity. May we, and all who look upon it find here a sense of encouragement and hope. Let the crib be a reminder to everyone that together we are one great human family – and that ‘God-is with-us’. Let us bless this crib and all who pause here in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Civic and Religious leaders of Glasgow gather with Lord Provost Sadie Docherty on Wednesday December 3rd, at 6.30 pm in George Square for a little Christmas Service during which the splendid Glasgow Crib is blessed and some prayers are said for the well-being of the city. This is a truly ecumenical event, supported this year by St Anne’s Primary School Choir – with ‘Alba,’ a small Ensemble, and interested citizens. All are welcome, and despite the variable December weather, there is usually a large and joy-filled crowd. It provides an opportunity to stop and enjoy the meaning of Christmas in a lovely community gathering, and to sing...

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Morning Prayer: Blessed John Duns Scotus

8 November 2014 A Morning Prayer from radioalba.org christian Blessed John Duns Scotus 1266 – 1308 Bagpipes Canticle from Ephesians I bow my knees before the Lord our God. Each fam’ly comes from God: The Spirit strengthen yours with inner power. May Christ dwell in your hearts! May you be filled now, filled with the fullness of God. May you be filled now, filled with the fullness of God. The Spirit strengthen you with inner power. May Christ dwell in your hearts. By faith may you be rooted and based in love and know the love of Christ. May you be filled now, filled with the fullness of God. May you be filled now, filled with the fullness of God.   Let us pray God our Father, You called John Duns Scotus to serve you in the simplicity of life of the Franciscans and in the search for understanding. May we be encouraged to follow Christ more faithfully as we see both simplicity and wisdom in his life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen Short reading 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for Christ’s sake. For...

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