Month: December 2014

Carols for Peace 2014

The annual Carol Service for Peace, organised by Glasgow Churches Together (GCT), took place on 14th December in its usual venue, the Banqueting Chamber of Glasgow City Chambers. This service, which is in its 14th year, is an annual opportunity for Glasgow to remember and pray for the peace of its twinned city, Bethlehem. Church and civic representatives, a capacity congregation, the St. Mungo Singers, the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band, and instrumentalists John Allan, Anne Marie Berrie, Carissa Bovill, Monica Dyer, Donald MacInnes, Jane McKenna, Annette McKirdie, Pauline McNichol and Willie Park for the celebration. Those attending the service were welcomed at the entrance by piper Willie, while John and Carissa played inside the Chambers. As people entered the Banqueting Hall, they were given a small olive wood memento from Palestine (brought over specifically for the event) – either a dove of peace brooch or a celtic cross. The service began with the piper leading the civic and church leaders into the Banqueting Hall as the choir led the congregation in singing the opening carols “Adeste Fideles” and “Away in a Manger”. The choir followed the opening carols with the joyful “Fanfair for Christmas Day” by Martin Shaw to set the celebratory tone of the service. Baillie Margot Clark, on behalf of the Lord Provost, welcomed everyone with very great pleasure to a service which she described as bringing...

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A Service for the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception 2014

Fr. Jim Lawlor and the community of the Immaculate Conception parish in Maryhill welcomed the St. Mungo Singers to their parish for an evening service on 7 December which combined a celebration of Our Lady on the vigil of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and a carol service. And just for good measure it offered an opportunity to give practical support to the local Greater Maryhill Foodbank. The church was warm and welcoming, and beautifully decorated with flowers and candles. It was a truly beautiful and contemplative service. Fr. Jim offered reflections on the character and virtues of Mary as a linking theme in a way which gave great focus to the liturgy. He began with the generosity of Mary shown in her life, a suitable link for the second of the carols sung by the choir as the congregation gathered – “In the Bleak Mid-winter” – with its final verse “What can I give him?”. (it has to be said that the carol also suited the weather outside where the rain was battering down and the wind was howling.) The service began on a joyful note with the antiphon “I rejoiced when I heard them say “Let us go to the house of God””. Fr.Jim welcomed everyone who had braved the weather. He identified among the themes of the service: the beginning of the Year of Religious;...

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A Mass of Christmas 2014

To access please click on the file below: Christmas Mass Intercessions As we celebrate the birthday of Jesus, We pray for the needs of the whole human family. In particular we remember Pope Francis, the people of the Archdiocese, for the Archbishop, clergy and religious who serve them, and for all the people whose efforts make parish life work. Lord, hear us We pray for all the churches of Glasgow, that drawn together by the love of God, we may learn to work and pray more closely together. Lord, hear us We pray for our city, for our Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, for the Leader of the Council Gordon Mathieson and the members of the City Council: that we may have sound government, kind and just leadership, and effective public services. Lord, hear us We pray for peace throughout the world. For people everywhere whose lives are victimised by violence and war, especially just now in the Middle East. We pray for the United Nations and for the other international bodies established to help countries work together. Lord, hear us. For all who are ill, especially in our families and in our own community, and for those who support and care for them. Lord, hear us. For our deceased relatives, friends & fellow-parishioners, including Betty Currie who died yesterday, Vincent Carden and Ronnie O’Brien; and for those involved in...

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The Blessing of the Crib 2014

It was good to see the tradition of blessing the Crib in Glasgow’s George Square being continued so successfully. This year the weather was unusually welcoming, more so than in some previous years, and a good crowd gathered for the service. As the Lord Provost, church representatives and guests came from the City Chambers, the St. Anne’s Primary School Choir and the Alba Brass led the singing of “Silent Night ” and not even the noise from the ice rink and stalls in the Square could spoil the atmosphere. The Lord Provost welcomed everyone to the service before the children charmed us with a lovely modern Christmas song “Christmas isn’t Christmas”, sung clearly and with great feeling. The reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of St. Luke followed, before Dr. Laurence Whitley, minister of Glasgow Cathedral blessed the crib and all who would look upon it. The children led us in another well-loved carol, Away in a Manger, and Fr. David Wallace led the prayers for the city and for peace: For God’s blessing on The Lord Provost, the Leader of the Council, the citizens of Glasgow and all who serve them. Lord, hear us: Lord, graciously hear us. For peace and prosperity for people throughout the world: Lord, hear us: Lord, graciously hear us. Everyone joined in saying the Lord’s Prayer, before the church representatives gave...

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Hymn for January 1st: Feast of Mary Mother of God

Mary in Luke’s Gospel (Tune: Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning) ((c) Noel S Donnelly and freely downloadable.) Mary so lowly yet called “highly favoured” God’s humble servant, yet left to decide, Called to give all, and unsure of the way, but Trusting in God, saying “Thy will be done!”   Mother of mercy and tender compassion Mother of Jesus, the source of all love, Praised by your cousin, and blessed for believing, “Blessed among women, and Mother of God!” Greeted by shepherds, at peace with the lowly, Honoured by Magi, at peace with the great, Mary, your heart is so full of God’s wonders! “Glory to God in the highest, and peace!” Lovingly giving your son in the Temple, God fills your life though your offerings are poor, Pierced by a sword as a sign of division…. Simeon’s prophecy will be fulfilled.   When the child Jesus was lost in the Temple Mary and Joseph with sorrow returned, Cross and confused at “the things of my Father” Pondering deep in the heart for God’s way.   First of disciples (and praised in his preaching), Hearing and keeping God’s word in your life Till at the foot of the Cross Jesus calls you Breathing forgiveness as lesson for all. Mother at Pentecost, calling the Spirit, One with the women in prayer with the men, Birthing with God in the...

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