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St Patrick: The Breastplate

St Patrick’s Breastplate Words (c) Stephen E Smyth. Music (c) David Harris. Taken from the Cantata ‘St Patrick’ [audio:patrick-org.mp3] [audio:patricks-breast-ch.mp3] ‘S mi ‘g éirgh ‘n diugh an ainm na Trionaid, An ainm an Aoin, an ainm an Triuir, An ainm an Athar, ‘s a Mhic, ‘s an Spioraid, An ainm Dhé tha beo gu siorraidh. We wrap round ourselves today the great name of the Trinity, the Three in One, the One in Three, the God who lives eternally. Christ within us, Christ around us, Christ beside, Christ surround us, Christ behind us, Christ before us, Christ to comfort and restore us. Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger, Christ beneath us, Christ above us, Christ to cherish and to love us. God is was who made creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word. Praise to the Lord of our salvation, salvation is of Christ the...

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St Paul: Note and Cantata Nos 1 and 2

Celebrating St Paul The Children’s Cantata: ‘Saul becomes Paul’ (c) 2008 Stephen e Smyth and Gerry Fitzpatrick The annual schools Cantata is organized by a committee of teachers working with the Director of Music and the Music Committee of the Archdiocese of Glasgow with the support of Glasgow Churches Together and of the Marshall Trust-and last year with the help of the City Council. The purpose behind the ‘cantata’ is to give the children the opportunity to focus on something or someone significant – usually a biblical story or event or an historic anniversary – and to celebrate it in music, recitation, song, dance and movement. The venue on the 18th November this year was St Mungo’s Church in Townhead with its large sanctuary & lots of space for dancers and instrumentalists. This year’s cantata tells the story of the Conversion of St Paul: the change from Saul the Persecutor to Paul the Preacher. The text includes three of Paul’s canticles and several short texts – all used in the Prayer of the Church Two of the canticles are already in common use: ‘Though Jesus Christ’ (Philippians 2:6-11); and, ‘We bless the God and the Father’ (Ephesians 1:3-10) while the 3rd (Let’s give thanks from Colossians 1:12-20) has newly been crafted for the cantata. Almost every school had something special to sing or recite and each ‘number’ in the...

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St Patrick: Celtic Invocation

Celtic Invocation words from the literary executors of Canon J Fennelly. Words of verse 4 & music (c) Noel Donnelly [audio:celtic-inv-choir.mp3] Gu robh Criosda dluth rium air gach taobh Criosda bhith romham is air mo chul Criosda bhith rium gach ait’ dhan teid mi Criosda mun cuairt’ agus shuas agus shios. Criosd’, mo shlighe is mo bheatha Criosd’ mo lanntair oidhch’ is la Criosd’ bi dhomh ‘nad charaid fior Stiuir is ciobair gus mo chrioch. Christ be near at either hand. Christ behind, before me stand. Christ with me where’er I go. Christ around, above, below. Christ be in my heart and mind. Christ within my soul enshrined, Christ control my wayward heart. Christ abide and ne’er depart. Christ my life and only way. Christ my lantern night and day. Christ be my unchanging friend. Guide and shepherd to the end. Praise the Father, source of all love! Praise the Son, who reigns above! Praise Holy Spirit, comfort in need! Praise on our lips, in our hearts and our...

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St Patrick

St Patrick – Apostle of Ireland Where was he born ? It is true to say that the patron saint of Ireland has formed the subject of more learned controversy that all the other Celtic saints put together. There are so many legends about his life and deeds in Ireland, but what is most edifying for us is his own writing: “Confessions” and “Letter to Coroticus” Patrick came from a Romano-british family and was born almost certainly in the Clyde estuary near modern Dumbarton. His father was a Roman citizen and a deacon of the Church. Patrick confesses that he himself was not drawn to religion and this suggests he remained a pagan. When quite young Patrick was abducted by Irish pirates and for several years worked as a slave in northern Ireland. During his captivity he had been converted to no conventional kind of faith. He escaped and eventually became convinced that his vocation was to go back to Ireland and preach the gospel there. It was long accepted by scholars that the captors left Patrick in Gaul and that he spent some years either with Bishop Germanus at Auxerre or in the island monastery of Lerins. There he prepared to be ordained deacon, then priest, then on the death of an earlier apostle Palladius, made bishop and returned to Ireland at 47 years old circa 432. It...

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St John Ogilvie: Let Scotland’s hills

St John Ogilvie: Let Scotland’s hills (music (c) Noel S Donnelly. Words (c) James Quinn SJ [audio:ogilvie-nd-org.mp3] Let Scotland’s hills and straths and glens acclaim their son whose praise we sing: Who died a martyr, true as steel, a faithful knight of Christ his King. John Ogilvie, you prayed for light, and travelled far your pilgrim way To find in Scotland’s ancient faith the dawn of everlasting day. You came at last to Scotland’s shore, a priest pursued by cruel law; In chains you preached the Church’s faith and died upholding Peter’s cause. You loved God’s mother whose great name made holier still your dying breath You used her beads to win God’s grace, your parting gift in face of death. In heaven’s glory pray that soon our country may at last be one, To preach one Gospel, break one bread, and be one Body in God’s Son. St John, to make all one in Christ, his flag of freedom you unfurled. With you we pray that all may be One Lord, One Faith, One Hope, One world. words and score pending . . ....

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