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An Ecumenical Celebration of St John Ogilvie

As Archbishop Tartaglia reflected in his welcome to the congregation at St. Aloysius Church, Garnethill, this ecumenical vespers had its beginning in the ecumenical service held as part of the celebrations in 2015 of the 400th anniversary of the death of St. John Ogilvie. That service had been a beautiful experience and this ongoing celebration was part of its legacy and the Archbishop extended a warm welcome to Rev. Jeanne Roddick, Moderator of the Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, Rev. Chris Foxton of the Methodist Church and Rev. William Young of the United Reformed Church. The service had begun with a solemn procession of the clergy to the lovely shrine of St John Ogilvie, while a cantor led the congregation in singing a Litany of Saints, a reminder of St. John’s place among those who throughout the ages had witnessed to God by their lives. This theme was taken up in the prayer by Archbishop Tartaglia at the shrine, which confirmed that this gathering for the service honoured St. John and all witnesses to faith and courage.  As the clergy then continued on to the sanctuary, the congregation sang Webbe’s “The Martyrs Living now with Christ”. The homily for the service was given by Mgr. Peter Smith who was at his engaging best. He mused on why he had been asked to preach at this service and reflected...

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Glasgow Archdiocesan RCIA Celebration 2017

The Archdiocesan annual service for enrolling and welcoming catechumens and candidates for full communion with the Church took place at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 5 March. This is always such an encouraging and uplifting service when we come to witness people in our modern secular world publicly making their commitment to join the Church. The catechumens and candidates (over 50 in number) were of all ages, young and old, and from a wide range of national and ethnic backgrounds. Archbishop Tartaglia, accompanied by many of the Parish Priests of the parishes involved, welcomed them and their families and friends to the service. He addressed them as a treasure for the Church. In an age which was not congenial to religious belief, it was inspiring that they as adults were taking this step. It was a work of grace, showing that God was active in them. The readings chosen for the service, the Archbishop reflected, centred on the confession of a truth, an encounter with Christ. Christ has chosen you, he told those present, even as you have chosen him. The Archdiocesan choir the St. Mungo Singers and Dr. Noel Donnelly provided the music for the liturgy, which included the Introit for Lent, Psalm 138, and selected hymns (fitting the service’s theme of calling – Here I am, Lord; Lord, You have come to the Seashore; We believe in God the Father)...

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In support of those affected by terrorism in London and elsewhere

In solidarity with those affected by terrorism, especially recently in London, Glasgow Churches Together has posted a short service: http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/GCT-London-23rd-March.mp3   God, our heavenly Father, We pray for all those affected by acts of terror, especially those in London. We remember those who died, all who were injured and those who rushed so speedily to the rescue of others. Grant comfort to those in pain and strengthen those who despair. Bring your healing love to our troubled world and renew us in your service. Through Christ our Lord....

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Morning Prayer for the Feast of St John Ogilvie

Morning Prayer can be heard on radioalba.org christian at 8.00 and every 30 minutes until 12.00 noon. Today is the Feast of St John Ogilvie, so we present a written form of Morning Prayer as a PDF. M P St John Ogilvie Below is the Opening Prayer: Let us pray God of the patriarchs and prophets, of apostles and martyrs, we rejoice in the faithfulness and courage of St John Ogilvie. We pray that his example will inspire us and all men and women of faith to hold fast to what we believe to be right and true. We ask this, as always, through Christ our Lord....

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