Month: January 2015

Mass of our Celtic Roots 2015

As Baillie John McLaughlin, representing the Lord Provost, noted in his comments at the end of the service, this Mass has been taking place for over 16 years to mark the Celtic Connections Music Festival, and singers and instrumentalists from across the Diocese and elsewhere in Scotland, as well as members of the Irish and Scots Gaelic communities and visitors to the city, came together for the celebration. There were also members of the Knights of St. Columba, including their Supreme Knight, Mr. Charlie McLuskey, The principal celebrant, Fr. David Wallace, was joined by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, Fr. Hugh O’Donnell, Canon John McIlroy, Fr. Andy O’Sullivan, Fr. Declan McNaughton, Fr. Tim Curtis parish priest of St. Aloysius and Deacon Kevin Kelly. Outside the church, piper David played to welcome visitors. The church was well filled by the time the service started. The combined choirs sang liturgical pieces with a Celtic link such as the Celtic Invocation and the hymn of Columba, and the instrumental ensemble provided some lovely haunting melodies in the Celtic tradition to set the scene for the Mass. The service itself then began with the Canticle of Ezekiel “Hear me, my people”, the call of the Lord to all his people. The celebrants wore the beautiful vestments produced by the Sacred Threads Embroiderers – many of the orphreys depicting Celtic or Scottish saints – adding extra...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been marked by services throughout Scotland and the Glasgow Churches Together (GCT) service this year was hosted by the Archdiocese of Glasgow in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 19 January. Inevitably the cold, snowy weather affected numbers attending but it was nonetheless a lovely, affirming service. Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti, Fr. David Wallace (Chair of GCT) and representatives of the other churches in Glasgow including Rev. Stuart Smith (Moderator of the Presbytery of Glasgow) and Dr. Laurence Whitley (Minister of Glasgow Cathedral), Bishop Gregor Duncan (Episcopalian Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway), Rev. Alan Anderson of the Methodist Church, Rev. Colin Brown of the United Free Church, Rev. Ian Baillie of the United Reformed Church and Major David Wing of the Salvation Army. The music of the service was supported by the Archdiocesan choir, the St.Mungo Singers. The service opened with the church representatives processing to the sanctuary as the congregation sang James Quinn’s “O Light form Light”. Archbishop Tartaglia lit the candles on the sanctuary as the opening prayer was read and “O Light” was sung again to complete this opening part of the service. This theme of light was repeated in the hymn which followed – “Christ be our Light” with its fitting final line for such a service “Let us be servants to one another, making...

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St. Mungo Festival Service 11 January

The weather was abysmal – it had rained all day and the puddle in front of Glasgow Cathedral looked more like a lake. We kept a weather eye out for ducks as we parked there for the St. Mungo Festival service which was hosted by Glasgow Churches Together (GCT)! However, inside the Cathedral, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. Piper Willie Park played at the entrance and the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band greeted the congregation inside as they arrived. The service itself was a lovely colourful and inspiring mixture of instrumental music, choral singing (á cappella and accompanied), dance, prayer and reflection. It began with Piper Willie leading the Lord Provost Cllr. Sadie Docherty, civic and church representatives into the Cathedral to the strains of “Highland Cathedral”. Then the Lord Provost twice proclaimed the Glasgow city motto “Let Glasgow Flourish” to which the congregation replied “By the preaching of His word” “By the Praising of His name”. The St. Mungo Singers then led the opening hymn “For All the Saints”. It was a rich sound which banished any remaining chill in the air. The opening prayer which followed was read by Fr. David Wallace, Chair of GCT, before Dr. Laurence Whitley, the Minister of Glasgow Cathedral gave a warm welcome to all who had braved the weather to join the celebration. The service continued with a reading by Archbishop...

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St. Mungo Mass 2015

  The final church celebration of the St. Mungo Festival 2015 was the St. Mungo Mass, held in St. Mungo’s, Townhead. It was a warm and fitting conclusion to the Festival. There was a great turnout for the Mass, with parishioners coming from across the city to join the Passionist community and the St. Mungo parish community. Among the congregation were members of the Knights of St. Columba (including Supreme Knight Charlie McLuskey) and children from St. Mungo’s Primary School and St. Mungo’s Academy. The Leader of Glasgow City Council Cllr. Matheson, came straight from a meeting to be at the celebration. Principal concelebrant Archbishop Emeritus Conti – Archbishop Tartaglia was at a meeting in Budapest – was joined by members of the Chapter of Canons of the Cathedral and members of the Passionist Community. The music of the Mass was led by the St. Mungo Singers. Before the Mass began, there was a special guest – St. Mungo himself in the shape of young Szymon from St. Monica’s Primary who declaimed with verve a poem telling the life of St. Mungo – a great reminder of why we were there. During the Mass, Archbishop Conti drew attention to the readings – Isaiah 52:7-10; 2Timothy 4:1-5; and Luke 5: 1-11. They summed up, he said, the message in the liturgy of the Feast we were celebrating. We were all...

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