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The White Mass 2009

The second White Mass, for those involved in the health care professions and the voluntary care sector, was held in St. Andrew’sCathedral in Glasgow on 15th February 2009. Archbishop Conti was the principal celebrant, and Cardinal O’Brien and Bishop Logan were also present. The music of the liturgy was led by the St. Mungo Singers. A new setting of Psalm 31 had been written by Fr. Gerry Fitzpatrick for the service. The healthcare theme of the Mass was reflected in Peter McGrail’s “Loving Saviour, Bread of Life”, Noel Donnelly’s “Song of Healing”, used as the Communion Antiphon, and his St. Peregrine Hymn, sung to the tune of “Hail Redeemer, King Divine” as the recessional (available on this site under St Peregrin). Cardinal O’Brien noted in his homily that the Bishops’ Conference had instituted the White Mass to give the opportunity to all involved in healthcare to gather together annually for Mass, and to give us the chance to celebrate their contribution to Scottish society, at a time when perhaps there had never been so many difficult ethical decisions facing the healthcare professions. He reminded the congregation that those working in healthcare had been identified by Pope John Paul II as the guardians and servants of human life. The Christian response to illness has always been to seek to alleviate suffering. The challenge to healthcare professionals today was to live...

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St Columba: ‘The Altus Prosator’

[audio:altus-pros-columba.mp3] Of the Altus Prosator Jane Stevenson writes: ‘The poem is outstandingly ambitious in its content: the twenty-three stanzas begin with God and the Creation, and end with the Apocalypse. No other Hiberno-Latin poem has anything like its range and originality. Two long hymns in the seventh-century Antiphonary of Bangor offer a possible point of comparison: `Audite omnes’ and `Precamur patrem’. The first is given its shape by recounting the life and work of St Patrick, and the second, more ambitiously, moves from an account of the crossing of the Red Sea to the life of Christ, utilising the natural and metaphorical senses of the word `light’ as its central image. `Altus prosator’ describes the relationship of the three persons of the Trinity to each other, the relationship of God to the universe, the place of sin, how the `machina mundi’ was set up, how it works, and how it will end, ranging through the Bible from end to end (Genesis to Apocalypse) for its material. It compresses into its twenty-three stanzas all the most essential information about the world, as an early medieval Christian saw it. In that sense, it may be classed as a didactic hymn of a kind which is characteristic of the Gallican church, as I have argued elsewhere. The attribution of `Altus’ to St Columba goes back only to the eleventh-century vernacular prefaces in...

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Canticle: Christ suffered for you

Canticle: Christ suffered for you (I Peter 2: 21-24) (Revised Standard Version) Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick recorded by Grace Buckley at St Leo’s, Dumbreck. http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/canticle-peter.mp3 http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/cant-one-peter.mp3 Response: God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all. God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all. Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow, follow in his steps. God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all. When he suffered he did not threaten; But he trusted to him who judges justly. Christ suffered for you. God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, That we might die to sin and live to righteousness. Christ suffered for you. God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us...

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The Canticle of Ezechiel

Hear me my people: Canticle of Ezechiel Words Stephen E Smyth Text : Ezech 36: 24-28 Tune: Slane Hear me my people, I will call you back home from the nations and countries in which you now roam; the place where I’ll lead you is where you’ll be free, for you are my chosen, your God I shall be. Hear me, my people, I will sprinkle you all with fresh water to cleanse you from sin and its thrall; each falsehood and idol I’ll teach you to see, for you are my chosen; your God I shall be. Hear me, my people, feel the new heart I give, the new spirit and guidance for how you might live, a heart made of flesh, not of stone , is the key, for you are my chosen; your God I shall be. Hear me, my people, choose to walk in my way, to observe my commandment, respect what I say; my promise I’ll honour if you will agree, for you are my chosen; your God I shall be. Hear me, my people, you will prosper and grow, no more famine or hardship in all that you sow; your homes and your cities will flourish in me, for you are my chosen – your God I shall be. Hear me, my people, I’ll redeem you from guilt, ev’ry fault will be made...

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St Joseph: Cantata: Joseph and Mary

Joseph and Mary A Cantata for schools Written and © Loreno Rinaldi and Gerry Fitzpatrick for St Joseph’s College, Dumfries [audio:cantata-joseph.mp3] Narrator: When Romans ruled the whole known world, Controlled both land and sea. When Caesar’s legions first approached these shores in times B.C. narrator 2: In a corner of the Roman dominion, ‘neath the hills of Galilee, there was born a boy called ‘Joseph,’ nothing special his friends could see. Chorus: Joseph, son of David, son of Solomon the Wise, Joseph, carpenter and husband, Guardian of the Child. Joseph, guardian of the mother and the Child, Joseph, Joseph, so reliable and strong. Narrator: As a young man Joseph had to Make his way in life; When the time came he chose Mary As the perfect wife. Narrator 2: Mary, daughter of Anna and Joachim, Was so young and full of charm. Joseph asked for their betrothal, He would love and care for her. Chorus: Joseph, son of David, son of Solomon the Wise, Joseph, carpenter and husband, Guardian of the Child. Joseph, guardian of the mother and the Child, Joseph, Joseph, so reliable and strong. Narrator: At her prayers one day young Mary Heard the angel Gabriel say: ‘Mary, God has loved you dearly, You will bear a child for him.’ Mary (chorus) Joseph, Joseph, dear Joseph, what are we to do? We always knew that someone would...

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