The May Music weekend was declared the best ever by those who attended – and who are we to argue? A total of 45 came to Kinnoull and enjoyed the well-tested mix of new and old music, liturgy, talks and socialising.
As well as revisiting pieces learned at the previous Music Weekend in September 2007, the participants learned some new choral pieces including Liam Lawton’s setting of psalm 95, the Taize setting of Psalm 102, Fr. Gerry’s Psalm 117 (d), Martie Haugen’s Evening Hymn (from the Holden Evening Prayer) and a setting of the Sanctus, also by Lawton. Mgr. Jamie MacNeil spoke at the Friday evening session on the importance of the Eucharist for preaching salvation in the modern world.
There is much still to do to realise the Council’s view of liturgy which involved the renewed concept of the common priesthood of the faithful and the awareness of “being church”. The Sunday Mass of the Kinnoull parish community again provided the opportunity to put what we had learned in terms of music and liturgy into practice, and the warm response of the parishioners was very encouraging.