Month: October 2015

What should we be singing at Mass?

What should we be singing at Mass? This article is taken from ‘St Mungo’s Music’ – Liturgical Music in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Summer 2014 – 2015 It may seem difficult to imagine, but until 1958, only ‘High Mass’ was sung. This was sung in Latin, using mainly Gregorian chant and tones. These Masses were celebrated in monasteries, cathedrals and in those parishes where the requisite skills existed, and then only on Sundays and Feast Days. In most parishes, however, what used to be called ‘Low Mass’ was celebrated in Latin with no singing; the congregation were in attendance but not actively participating. Hymns were only used at other liturgies, such as Benediction and Novenas. However, in September 1958, Pope Pius XII, to enable congregations to take a more active part, encouraged hymns in the vernacular to be sung during Mass where they were appropriate for a particular part of the Mass. Later in the 1960’s the Second Vatican Council reformed the liturgy. The terms ‘High Mass’ and ‘Low Mass’ disappeared and since it would take time for parishes to create repertoires of Mass parts, with Introits, psalms, Gospel verses and Communion songs as well, parishes were encouraged to use hymns for certain parts of the mass. Very soon the Entrance Hymn replaced the Introit, the Offertory Hymn replaced the Offertory Verse, the Communion Hymn replaced the Communion Song...

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Mass of Thanksgiving for 50 years of English in the Liturgy

St. Mungo’s Townhead was the venue for a Mass of celebration on 18th October for the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of the vernacular into the Liturgy in Scotland. And it was indeed a celebration with singers from the Archdiocesan choir (the St. Mungo Singers), the East End Deanery choir, the Diocesan choir of Argyll & the Isles, St. Mary’s Duntocher, St. Mungo’s Alloa and elsewhere. The principal celebrant was Fr. Michael Hutson from the Diocese of Argyll & the Isles. He was joined by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick (Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Glasgow), Fr. David Wallace , St. Bartholomew’s, Glasgow, Fr. Willie Slavin (formerly of St. Peter’s Partick), Mgr. James MacNeil from St. Columba’s Cathedral, Oban, Fr. David Connor from St. Margaret’s Lochgilphead, Fr. Noel Colford from Holy Cross, Arran, Fr. Sandy Culley from St. Mun’s Dunoon, and Fr. John Craven, parish priest of St. Mungo’s, with his colleague Fr. Laurence Byrne. The music of the Mass was a reminder of how the music of the Liturgy has developed over the past 50 years. It included music which would have been familiar (to choirs at least) at the time of the introduction of English to the Liturgy – the plainchant Kyrie, Credo 3 and Mozart’s Ave Verum. There were modern settings of the parts of the Mass from the Bellahouston Gloria, the Jubilee Sanctus and Memorial...

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The St. Mungo Singers Pilgrimage 2015

The St.Mungo Singers autumn pilgrimage- to Tuscany – almost came to an end before it started. An overenthusiastic push-off by ground tractor crew at Edinburgh Airport led to concerns that the nose wheel might have been damaged and the pilot refused, rightly, to take off until an engineer had checked. However we got off an hour late and landed at Pisa to be met, thankfully, by our bus taking us to the lovely resort of Marina Di Pietrasanta in time for dinner at the fashionably late hour of 10pm. Fortunately our start the next morning for Lucca was scheduled to be at a reasonable hour. Less fortunately the weather decided to treat us to an impressive thunderstorm as we arrived at the walled city. However there was a silver lining in the clouds for the young African umbrella seller who spotted a captive market and made a good day’s sales! Rain notwithstanding, we had a great guided tour of this beautiful city. It was fascinating to see all the candles decorating the outside of shops, churches etc. for the city’s major feast of Santa Croce which would start that evening and continue into the following day. We finished our visit with an inspiring Mass in the Passionist church of Santa Maria delle Rosa, a church which incorporates part of the old Roman wall of the city into its fabric....

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Cantata: St Andrew and the Scots Nov 10th: Wellington Church

St Andrew Cantata booklet 7th OctoberSt And Cantata bklet edited1 piano scoreThe St Andrew Cantata piano 015 Cantata: St Andrew and the Scots Nov 10th: Wellington Church, University Avenue, Glasgow 10.30 a.m. So far 20 schools have signed up for this celebration which will include a processional entry (with Andrew & young representatives of the countries of which he is patron), then a song in Scots about Andrew with some dramatic support, then a reading about the call of Andrew, a short Cantata, some dancing, a ‘Newsflash after the battle of Athelstaneford’ about the choosing of the St Andrew’s Cross for our flag, and some prayers for the health, prosperity and common good of the country. Sponsored by Glasgow Churches Together – there is room for more schools – more information at...

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