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St. Mungo Singers’ Pilgrimage to York

The St. Mungo Singers have a reputation for working hard but balancing this with time out together. Every second year they have a week-long pilgrimage – in the past this has included Rome, the Holy Land, Malta and Salamanca – and in between they keep their hand in with a weekend away. This year, a 50 strong party of singers, family members and friends headed for York for the Glasgow September holiday. They arrived in York on the Friday evening in time to settle in, have dinner and check out the area. On the following day, the weather was gloriously sunny and warm, and many of the party elected for a day trip to Harrogate and Knaresborough, while the rest stayed to explore York and in some cases, it is rumoured, go to the “footie”. In the evening the choir attended the Vigil Mass in St. Wilfred’s, a beautiful church across from York Minster, where they were warmly welcomed by Canon Michael Ryan and his congregation. By a happy coincidence, it was the 80th birthday of one parishioner who got an unexpected rendering of “Happy birthday” at the end of Mass, as well as a full sung liturgy. It was really enjoyable to join the busy congregation and fascinating to learn that the Parish would be celebrating the 1300th anniversary of its Patron saint in October! On the Sunday...

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Psalm 89: Bless the work of our hands

Psalm 89: ” From The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins. Music © Gerry Fitzpatrick. Recorded in St Paul’s, Shettleston, Glasgow [audio:ps-89-g-bnc.mp3] Psalm 89 Bless the work of our hands, bless the work of our hands, Lord our God, bless the work of our hands. Before the very mountains were made or the earth or the world brought forth, you are God, you are God, God without beginning, God without end. Bless the work of our hands, bless the work of our hands, Lord our God, bless the work of our hands. You turn men back into dust and you say: ‘Sons of men, go back.’ To your eyes a thousand years come and go like yesterday, A watch in the night. Bless the work of our hands, bless the work of our hands, Lord our God, bless the work of our hands. Make us know the shortness of our life, Give us your wisdom, Lord. Lord, relent! Lord, relent! Show your servants pity, Fill us with your love. Bless the work of our hands, bless the work of our hands, Lord our God, bless the work of our hands. In the morning fill us with your love; Show us your work, O Lord. We shall rejoice! We shall rejoice! Let your glory shine All of our days. Bless the work of our...

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Psalm 89: Fill us now

Ps 89: words and music © Noel S Donnelly Response: Fill us now with the joy of your love. Give us wisdom of heart while we live. Let us see just how short is our life! Be not angry with our foolish ways. Show us pity, O Lord, and forgive. Fill us now with the joy of your love. In the morning fill us with your love to rejoice and be glad all our days. Give us joy that will balance the grief that we felt when misfortunes were near. Fill us now with the joy of your love. May your servants engage in your work, and our children be graced with your love. Let your kindness be seen in our lives. Bring success to the work that we do. Fill us now with the joy of your love....

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Glory to God: St Andrew’s

Glory to God: Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 1973, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. ICEL. Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick 1994 St Mungo Music. Music score 1) for organ and melody line and 2) for choir parts available from St Mungo Music, 5 Beech Avenue, Glasgow G41 5BY [audio:gloria-st-and-org-only.mp3] Glory to God Glory to God in the highest. Peace to his people, peace on earth. Glory to God in the highest. Peace to his people, peace on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father. We worship you, give you thanks, praise you for your glory. Glory to God in the highest. Peace to his people, peace on earth. Glory to God in the highest. Peace to his people, peace on earth. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father. Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, have mercy on us . You are seated at the right hand of the Father, receive our prayer. Glory to God in the highest. Peace to his people, peace on earth. Glory to God in the highest. Peace to his people, peace on earth. For you alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High Jesus Christ, With the Holy Spirit in the glory...

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Scots Hymn supplement for Feast Days

Scots Hymn supplement for Feast Days A collection of hymns, songs and resources for feast days in Scotland will be launched by St Mungo Music in February. The contents include music, prayers and intercessions for feast days. Some of the hymns are popular ‘Golden Oldies’ which are no longer available in contemporary hymnbooks, others are taken from the St Andrew Hymnal which is no longer in print, and others are contemporary. They include: hymns for the feasts of Sts Ninian of Galloway, Columba, Mungo, Patrick, Our Lady, Margaret , Joseph, John Ogilvie, Eunan or Adamnan, St Bride, St Andrew, Blessed John Duns Scotus, Gregory the Great, Peregrin, and even a setting of a Litany of Celtic saints. A Workshop launching this book is being planned for February The musical Preface is: Preface The hymn has a long history in Christian worship but an uneven one! The songs of the bible were given a special respect, but, strange as it may seem to us now, non-scriptural material was not always so readily accepted. From the 4th century until the period of the Reformation, hymns by writers such as St Ambrose, St Hilary, Rabanus Maurus, Venantius Fortunatus , Hermannus Contractus, St Bernard, St Thomas Aquinas and others seem to have been used in Morning and Evening Prayer, but not usually in the Eucharistic liturgy. At the Reformation Luther and his followers...

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