A Vespers for the Feast of St John Ogilvie.
Celebrated with Archbishop Mario Conti, Fr Peter Griffiths S.J. and the community of St Aloysius, Garnethill, Glasgow
with music led by the St Mungo Singers.

March 10th 2010

Before Vespers the Choir sings Schubert’s Salve Regina

As the Archbishop and procession go to the shrine of St John Ogilvie, the choir sings:

Hail, gladdening Light of his pure glory poured . . . . . . . . .

The candles at the shrine are lit and when the anthem is finished the Archbishop says: Yours is the day and yours the night, Lord God:
Let the Sun of Justice shine so steadily in our hearts,
that we may come at length
to that light where you dwell eternally.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
God for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn: Ogilvie, an Ogilvie’

On the battlefields of Scotland, in the hour of victory,
There was heard the cry of heroes, ‘Ogilvie, an Ogilvie’.
Gallant son of gallant fathers, it was thine as theirs to fight,
but with gates of hell contending, thou dids’t die for truth, and right.
Blessed martyr, thy example will our strength in weakness be,
hear our cry in times of peril, ‘Ogilvie, an Ogilvie’

By the scaffold all undaunted, strong in grace we see thee still,
looking up, serene and smiling with a firm unconquered will.
It is thy bright hour of triumph, like Our Lord upon the cross,
victory is thine in dying endless gain in seeming loss.
Blessed martyr, thy example will our strength in weakness be,
hear our cry in times of peril, ‘Ogilvie, an Ogilvie’

Blessed Martyr, hear thy children, be our guide and show the way,
make us strong and keep us steadfast in the warfare of today,
looking down from heights of glory, see in us thy kith and kin,
teach us thy strong trust in Jesus, that we too may vict’ry win.
Blessed martyr, thy example will our strength in weakness be,
hear our cry in times of peril, ‘Ogilvie, an Ogilvie’

Psalm 114: I walk with you, my Lord. Each day be at my side. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pause for a moment of silent prayer.

Let us pray:
God, you gave St John the gifts of courage and perseverance.
Help us who have benefited from his example
To show some measure of these gifts in our own lives.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Psalm 115: I will boast of my weakness that Christ may dwell in me!

I trusted when I felt afflicted, I walk in the sight of the Lord,
and even in the face of death,I will walk in the presence of God.
I will boast of my weakness that Christ may dwell in me!

Your servant, Lord, is ever trusting. My bonds you have loosened with care.
I offer thanks and sacrifice. I will walk in the presence of God.
I will boast of my weakness that Christ may dwell in me!

Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
glory to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
I will boast of my weakness that Christ may dwell in me!


Pause for a moment of silent prayer

Let us pray: Shepherd of Israel,
Your servant John served you faithfully in the Society of Jesus
And returned to Scotland to minister to your people.
May the single-mindedness with which you graced his life
Be also a part of ours.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Canticle from the Book of the Apocalypse:

Whoever denies himself for my sake will receive eternal life.

Worthy are you, our Lord and our God, worthy of all glory, of honour and of power,
for you created ev’rything that is,you created by your will and by it they exist.
Whoever denies himself for my sake will receive eternal life.

Worthy are you, Lord, to open up the scroll; you were slain and by your blood you ransomed us,
people from all tribes, and of every tongue, ev’ry people, ev’ry nation, ransomed for our God.
Whoever denies himself for my sake will receive eternal life.

Worthy the Lamb, the Lamb who was slain, worthy of all power, wealth, of wisdom and of might;
worthy of honour, of glory and of praise, you have made of us a Kingdom, priests before our God.
Whoever denies himself for my sake will receive eternal life.

Reading

Reflection with harp

Magnificat

My soul glorifies the Lord my God; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her nothingness; henceforth all ages shall call me blessed.
My soul rejoices in my God.

The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy his name.
His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him.
My soul rejoices in my God.

He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel his servant, rememb’ring his mercy.
My soul rejoices in my God.

Remembering his mercy , the mercy promised to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his sons forever and ever.
My soul rejoices in my God.

Choir motet: Istorum est enim: of such is the kingdom of heaven (Casciolini)

Intercessions

Our Father….

Let us pray:

Lord, grant that as we honour your goodness
Seen in the life of St John Ogilvie,
we may be nourished by your word,
so that we may devote ourselves to you,
and become forever one.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

Choir: May the Lord bless and keep you . . . . . . .

Archbishop:

The Lord be with you: And also with you.
May almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Go in the peace of Christ: Thanks be to God.

St John Ogilvie Hymn

Let Scotland’s hills and straths and glens acclaim their son whose praise we sing;
who died a martyr true as steel, a faithful knight of Christ his King.

John Ogilvie, you prayed for light, and travelled far your pilgrim way,
to find in Scotland’s ancient faith, the dawn of everlasting day.

You came at last to Scotland’s shore, a priest pursued by cruel law;
in chains you preached the church’s faith, & died upholding Peter’s cause.

You loved God’s mother whose great name made holier still your dying breath.
You used her beads to win God’s grace, your parting gift, in face of death.

In heaven’s glory pray that soon our country may at last be one,
to preach one Gospel, break one Bread, and be one Body in God’s Son.

St John, to make all one in Christ, his flag of freedom you unfurled.
With you we pray that all may be One Lord, One Faith, one Hope, one world!

The choir concludes with: Resonet in laudibus: J Gallus

Copyright and Acknowledgements: Hail, Gladdening Light © Geoffrey Shaw. ‘Ogilvie, an Ogilvie’ © Mother W. Long RSCJ. ‘Let Scotland’s’ words © James Quinn S.J. and music (c0 Noel S Donnelly. Ps.114 Text & Music Noel S. Donnelly © Copyright 2005 Kevin Mayhew Ltd Ps 115, May the Lord bless and keep you: Words & Music ã Noel Donnelly. O God, come…, music of Canticle from the Apocalypse and responsory © Gerry Fitzpatrick. Magnificat: Words © The Grail; music © Mary Dickie. All hymns covered by the Christian Copyright Licensing and Calamus have been reproduced under CCL Licence No 27398 and Calamus Licence No 0269.