The Archdiocesan Mass of St Andrew 2010 took place in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in the most wintry of conditions. A modest gathering of priests, priestly Jubilarians, parishioners and friends of the Jubilarians of the Archdiocese of Glasgow joined the Archbishop with the support of Jane McKenna at the organ and the St Mungo Singers.

The Jubilarians included: Fr James Reilly, Fr Carlo Centra, Fr Charles Mcfadden, Fr Peter Mccafferty, Fr Thomas Hurley, Fr John Fraser MCCJ, Fr Anthony Walsh, Canon John McAuley, Fr Francis Kennedy, Fr Angus MacDonald, Fr Leonard Purcell, Canon Gerard Tartaglia, Fr John McGinley, Fr Brendan Murtagh.

Before Mass started, the choir moved very sensibly to the front seats, with a view to giving a more effective lead and support to the congregation and priests, and the singers were gratified at being able to hear the resounding singing of the clergy – which was not, in fact, much affected by the Archbishop’s neck microphone!

Anticipating a smaller than usual turn-out due to the weather conditions, the liturgical team had planned to have the ever popular ‘When Christ our Lord’ succeeded by the well-crafted ‘Russian’ Kyrie and Frank Duffy’s Bellahouston Gloria – a good choice since everyone was able to participate and the harmony provided by the small representation from the choir was effective. Before Mass as we waited for the Entry Procession to get ready the choir sang a Bach Chorale to James Quinn’s text: Praise the King of all Creation.

Music for the Liturgy of the Word included Psalm 18: ‘Their voice has gone out, they fill the earth; the word of the Lord is heard.’

and the Alleluia verse from Bellahouston: ‘Alleluia. Go make disciples of all the nations. I am with you to the end of time.’

The Archbishop, back home for less than 24 hours since his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, contrasted the summer-like conditions of Mass at Bethlehem with the arctic conditions of Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Day Mass, and congratulated the Jubilarians and the Archdiocese on the generous service given by so many priests. In the Bidding Prayers we prayed for them and for the well-being of Scotland.

Archbishop Conti and the Jubilarians

The Celtic Invocation seemed appropriate for a national feast day and was clearly even better known due to its place in the music for the Pope’s Mass at Bellahouston. The Schubert Sanctus and Memorial with its spacious tempo and ample melodic repetitions has caught on in the Archdiocese and was well supported harmonically by the small choir.

The Dunkeld Agnus Dei was followed very appropriately by the Communion Antiphon:

‘Father, I pray for them:
May they be one in us so that the world may believe
it was you who sent me,it was you who sent me.’

The Communion Processional was ‘Seed scattered and sown’ – with its echoes of the 1st/2nd century Didache (known as the Teaching of the Apostles)

and the recessional was ‘Lord, you have come to the seashore.’

Some of the St Mungo Singers who managed to
make their way to the Pro-Cathedral through the snow.

Copyright: Response to Ps 18 (c) Mary Dickie