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Glasgow Archdiocesan Music Committee census 2007

Around Easter 2007, the Director of Music and the Music Committee of the Archdiocese Glasgow posted a questionnaire to all parish music contacts in order to gather evidence on the state of music in the liturgy throughout the city and feed these findings back to the Archdiocesan Office. By the end of July, 35 parishes had responded and it is these responses that inform this report. On the whole, these are encouraging, showing a healthy musical life in our parishes. That is not to say that there is not scope for further improvement, but these parish musicians are eager to ask for additional help and support in their task. The attached summary report provides details of the 35 responses in the following areas: Musicians supporting parish Masses Parish resources Details of music sung at Mass Details of other parish celebrations Workshop requests Almost all parishes in this survey have musicians available for Sunday Masses, either in the form of an organist or an instrumental ensemble, with many parishes having both. Only two parishes have no musicians to support their singing although they do have an electronic alternative in Cynthia. The majority of parishes (25 out of 35) have at least one cantor although less than half have a regular choir (15 out of 35). Yet judging from the responses on musical items regularly sung at Mass, parishes without a...

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Music in the liturgy – a reflection for Open House some 40 years after Vatican II

The liturgy and its music is at the heart of the Church’s life, and I think that we all know that its renewal can scarcely be expected to be miraculously more advanced than the rest of the church’s life! However, the subject does deserve fuller treatment, and the progress made by the community at prayer in the past 40 years could usefully be acknowledged. By Gerry Fitzpatrick, Director of Music, The Archdiocese of Glasgow In 1965 when the vernacular was introduced it was a daunting task that the Church had set itself. In our own Archdiocese of Glasgow the population was already declining, people were being re-housed from the city centres and so parish communities were being dramatically affected, all kinds of organisations were faltering or breaking down. The renewal of the Holy Week liturgy in the 1950s had encouraged some fresh thinking, and there had been efforts to involve the congregations in the Latin ‘dialogue mass’ – but with very limited success, and when parishes were encouraged to use hymns it was soon realised that, in the main, the hymns were designed for public devotions and not for the liturgy. Furthermore, as Cardinal Wiseman had pointed out in the late 19th century a great many of our devotional hymns were of a very poor quality however popular they were! The Gregorian repertoire was even then substantially confined to...

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Review of 2005

Archdiocese In addition to those services which are regular features within the Archdiocese, such as the St Mungo Mass and St Andrew’s Day, there were, as in previous years, a significant number of additional services in 2005, including Mass and Vespers for the Year of the Eucharist, the Masses for the late Pope John Paul 11 and for the election of Pope Benedict XV1, the SCIAF Stations of the Cross, and the Mass for the Dead at St Agnes’ Lambhill. Ecumenism Highlights on the ecumenical front included the service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the 75th Anniversary Service for the Scottish World Day of Prayer Committee and the Memorial Service for the victims of the Stockline tragedy Cantata Much of the preparation for the 2006 Children’s Cantata “Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem” took place in 2005. St Eunan’s Primary had requested a new school song for the 14th centenary of St Eunan or Adamnan and this was included in a St Andrew’s celebration and circulated to lots of schools. A number of schools participated in the recording of teaching CDs for schools taking part in the Cantata, plus material for a St Andrew’s Day CD and a planned CD of the Children’s Eucharistic Prayer to be made available in autumn 2006 Civic The year saw a number of developments involving Glasgow City Council. While the Carols for...

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Glasgow and Culross

According to legend St Mungo was brought up at the Monastery in Culross, near Kincardine Bridge in Fife. There has been a cordial relationship between Glasgow and Culross for many years and when Glasgow Churches Together visited Culross to mark the 14th centenary of St Mungo they were given a splendid welcome by the Minister, the Rev Tom Moffat, and the community there. In turn, prayers were said at the service for the well-being of the communities of Culross and of Glasgow, and a presentation plaque of the city’s Coat of Arms sent by Lord Provost Liz Cameron was presented. The St Mungo Singers presented the community with gifts and with a copy of the Cantata, The Legend of St...

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St Mungo’s Tree

Mungo 1400 or the 14th centenary of St Mungo fittingly ended on St Mungo’s traditional feastday, the 13th January 2004, when Glasgow schoolchildren – accompanied by the Chair (Rev Dr Angus Kerr) and members of Glasgow Churches Together, leaders of the Glasgow churches, and by Baillie Devine representing the Lord Provost Cllr Liz Cameron – planted a fine cherry tree in Cathedral Square. It can still be seen there not far from the St Mungo Museum of Religion. The very happy ceremony of planting the tree was accompanied by a short service in which Ryan O’Sullivan from St Jude’s Primary led the gathering in singing verses from Psalm 18. The response of this setting of the psalm was chosen to mark St Mungo’s influence, even today, with the words: “Their voice has gone out through all the earth, the word of the Lord is heard.” The prayer of the day was: God our loving Father, You called Mungo from Culross to Glasgow To live a life of prayer, devotion to your Word, and hospitality to your people. As we, citizens and children of Glasgow, Mark his 14th centenary by planting a tree beside where he lived, May we renew our resolve to be like him in faithfulness to the Gospel, and in our commitment to Jesus and his Kingdom of justice, love and peace. With the patronage of St...

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