Dr. Noel at the harp

As the St. Mungo Singers can tell you from their experience at Nazareth House, the small and less formal services can be just as wonderful as the more formal events at this time of year. Some of the choir joined members of St. Joseph’s Tollcross choir to take part in an Advent service with the residents and their carers.

Some of the ladies and gentlemen from Nazareth House at the Advent service

The service started with the Amazing Grace setting of the Magnificat. Then a cantor sang the words of Isaiah 55 “Seek the Lord while he is still to be found”, followed by a lovely harp reflection by Noel Donnelly. The choirs then led the singing of the beautiful carol “The Angel Gabriel”.

In the first reading, Fr. Des Broderick presented the story of the Annunciation from St. Luke’s Gospel in a way which really made everyone listen and hear the words anew. Cantor Kay Dick then led the choirs in singing Frank Docherty’s setting of the Prologue from St. John’s Gospel.

Before the next reading, the Nativity story from St. Luke, everyone sang the well-loved carol, “Away in a Manger”. The reading was followed by further gentle and reflective harp music and the singing of Dr. Donnelly’s setting of the “Hail Mary” by cantor Maria Leonard and the choirs.

After another communal carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, the choirs sang the Celtic Invocation before the service ended with “Adeste Fideles”. Choir members were then invited by Sr. Veronica to enjoy the hospitality of Nazareth House with tea, coffee and lovely home baking.

Some of the combined choir