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Opening Prayer for the Mass of St Mungo or Kentigern

Lord our God, You chose St Kentigern as bishop To spread the light of faith by the preaching of your Word: Grant our prayer That we who celebrate his memory May always be true to his teaching And so grow daily in faith and holiness. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen. Words ©...

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The Story of St Mungo

In recent times there has been a renewal of interest in St Mungo in Glasgow, the city with whose foundation he is associated, and on whose Coat of Arms he features. Mungo’s mother, known as St. Enoch, was the daughter of the Brythonic king, Lleuddun who ruled in the Haddington region of Scotland, possibly the Kingdom of Gododdin in the Old North. She became pregnant by Owain mab Urien according to the British Library manuscript. Her furious father had her thrown from the heights of Traprain Law. Surviving, she was then abandoned in a coracle in which she drifted across the River Forth to Culross in Fife, where Mungo was born. Mungo was brought up by Saint Serf who served the Picts in that area. It was Serf who gave him his popular pet-name. At the age of twenty-five, Mungo began his missionary labours near the Clyde, on the site of modern Glasgow. Christianity had already been introduced to the region by Saint Ninian and his followers welcomed the saint and procured his consecration by an Irish bishop. He built his church at the confluence of the Clyde and the Molendinar Burn, where the present medieval cathedral now stands. For some thirteen years, he laboured in the district, living a most austere life in a small cell and making many converts by his holy example and his preaching. A...

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Choir visit to Malta

If it’s 2008, it must be time for the next St. Mungo Singers Pilgrimage! And where else in the Year of St.Paul but somewhere which would allow the choir to walk in some of his footsteps. The unanimous choice was Malta, which would combine warmth, scenery and history, and so a total of 56 choir members and friends set off on 6 October to St. Paul’s Bay. (Photos by Gerald Barry. Click on images to enlarge.) In fixing the choir programme for the pilgrimage, contact had been made with a number of churches regarding the possibility of holding services in them. One of these was the Cathedral in Mdina and as a result, the St. Mungo Singers were invited to participate in the Mass commemorating the Dedication of the Cathedral which would be presided over by the Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca. So our first port of call on arrival was Mgr. Daguerra, the Dean of the Chapter, to confirm the arrangements for the Mass. It was only when we were leaving his house in Mgarr that we discovered that Mgarr has no taxis and only a half-hourly bus service to the nearest town. How much we take for granted! Tuesday started with a gloriously sunny morning and we took ship for a sail to the Grand Harbour at Valletta on a boat which turned out to be a Calmac...

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The 2nd Millennium of St Paul

The celebrations marking the 2nd Millennium of St Paul began on June 29th throughout the world. Here in the Archdiocese there were discussions on how to celebrate the year, and plans so far included an ecumenical Vespers of St Paul at St Kessog’s, Balloch, at 3 pm on Sunday June 29th to launch the Year. Fr. Sean Fitzgerald will welcome the St Mungo Singers and instrumentalists along with representatives of other churches. A booklet and CD with some of the ‘Canticles’ or hymns which are quoted in the Letters of St Paul will be available in September, and next year there will be a ‘St Paul’ Cantata for schools. Amongst others, Dr Noel S Donnelly, Brother Stephen E Smyth and Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick have been working on and using the Pauline Canticles for some time. Isn’t it remarkable that Christians in the middle of the 1st century A.D. could express their faith and hope in the words of the hymn – or Canticle – quoted here: We bless the God and Father Words © Stephen Smyth taken from Ephesians 1: 3-10 (Tune; Bunessan (as in Christ be beside me) here is also a new tune by Gerry Fitzpatrick available from St Mungo Music.) We bless the God and Father of Jesus for he has blessed us freely in Christ. He chose to lavish spiritual blessings from highest heaven. all...

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Argyll & the Isles May Music Weekend

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...

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