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Mass of our Celtic Roots 2018

The Mass of our Celtic Roots at St. Aloysius church, Garnethill, has become a fixture during the Celtic Connections festival. Begun with the intention of giving people the opportunity to express or experience the spiritual dimension of their culture during the festival, it is now in its 17th year. The principal celebrant this year was Mgr. Peter Magee and the homilist Fr. Dermot Preston SJ, the new Parish Priest of St. Aloysius. They were joined by Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick and Fr. Tim Curtis. The music for the Mass was led by the St. Mungo Singers and the choir of St. Mungo’s Parish Alloa, with piper Isla, organist Jacqueline, and a group of instrumentalists (John on whistle, Carissa on harp, Clare on violin, Pauline on clarinet, Marika on flute and Annette on horn. The congregation included representatives of the Gaelic and Irish communities and members of the Knights of St.Columba. As always, the service was a rich tapestry of music, much of it with Celtic roots or in the Celtic idiom. A new piece this year was Catherine Walker’s Come Now to Me, My Child with its trio of verses following the Celtic prayer style of invocation of the Trinity. Although the Glasgow Gaelic school were unable to join us for the Mass, Gaelic speaking members of the St. Mungo Singers, Frances Dunlop (with a little help from Marion Morrison...

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Morning Prayer (11) The Year with Mass and Psalm 79

Morning Prayer 11 with Mass and Psalm 79 Seek the Lord, bless the Lord, taste and see the Lord is good. Seek the Lord, bless the Lord, taste and see the Lord is good.       As we light our candle we pray for peace: Lord, we pray for peace in the Holy Land, for Syria and all the other troubled countries where people’s lives are spoiled or taken from them by violence or war. We pray for refugees, and for generous hearts for those who need to show mercy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.   http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/ps-79-g-bnc.mp3  Psalm 79: God of hosts bring us back, lead us and we shall be saved. O shepherd of Israel, hear us, shine forth from your cherubim throne. O Lord, rouse up your might, come to our aid. God of hosts bring us back, lead us and we shall be saved.   God of hosts, turn again, we implore you; look down from heaven and see, O visit this vine and protect what your right hand has sown. God of hosts bring us back, lead us and we shall be saved.   Lay your hand on the man you have chosen, the man you have given your strength, O Lord, fill us with life, we call on your name. God of hosts bring us back,  lead us and we shall...

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Morning Prayer 10 (The Year) with Mass and Psalm 76

Morning Prayer 10  (Martyrs)   Hear my prayer, answer me, Lord. Turn to me in your goodness. Hear my prayer, answer me, Lord. Turn to me in your love.   as we light our candle for peace we pray: Let us pray Lord, we pray for peace in the Holy Land, for Syria and all the other troubled countries where people’s lives are spoiled or taken from them by violence or war. We pray for refugees, and for generous hearts for those who need to show mercy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen   O God, come to our aid: O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.   http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Psalm-76-MMgracePlus-1.mp3          Psalm 76: I cry aloud to God, cry aloud to God that he may hear me. In the day of my distress I sought the Lord. My hands were raised at night without ceasing; My soul refused to be consoled. I remembered my God and I groaned, I pondered and my spirit fainted. I cry aloud to God, cry aloud to God that he may hear me. You withheld sleep from my eyes, I was troubled, I could not speak; I thought of the days of long ago, and I remembered the years long past. At night I mused within my...

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Morning Prayer 9 (The Year) with Mass and with Psalm 15

Morning Prayer 9       Entry: Blessed are the poor in spirit, the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen. as we light our candle for peace we say: Let us pray Lord, we pray for peace in the Holy Land, for Syria and all the other troubled countries where people’s lives are spoiled or taken from them by violence or war. We pray for refugees, and for generous hearts for those who need to show mercy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen   we sit for the psalm   http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Psalm-15gf-choir.mp3 Psalm 15: You show your friends the path of life, give them the fullness of joy.     I say to the Lord : you are my God. Happiness lies in you alone. He put in my heart a marvellous love, love for the faithful who dwell in his land You show your friends the path of life, give them the fullness of joy.         O Lord it is you. my portion and cup, you yourself who are my prize. I bless the Lord who counsels me, even at night he directs my heart You show your friends the path of life, give them the fullness of joy.   My heart and soul rejoice and are glad, even my body shall safely rest,...

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