The Champagnat Mass, St Mungo’s, Townhead
Monday 6th June 2011

Glasgow’s annual Champagnat Mass took place in St Mungo’s, Townhead, a parish with more than a century of association with the Marist Brothers. Carmelite Fr Joseph Chalmers presided and preached, and spoke very movingly of Fr Chapagnat’s story and his effect on so many throughout the world even to the present day. Brother Joseph McKee, Vicar of the Marist Brothers, recalled the table round which Fr Champagnat gathered people and of his very modern instinct for ‘inclusivity.’ The St Mungo Singers supported the large congregation of Marists and their friends, Jane McKenna played the organ, Dorothy Gunney sang Psalm 97 and Dr Noel S Donnelly played the Clarsach. The Mass was followed by traditional hospitality in St Paul’s Halls.


Mary the Dawn and Christ the Light of Day,
Mary the Gate and Christ the Heav’nly Way,
Mary the Root and Christ the Mystic Vine,
Mary the Grape and Christ the Sacred Vine,
Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest,
Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision Blest.

Woman of love who Son of God conceived.
Woman of faith, “blest since you have believed.”
Woman of sorrows, standing by the cross,
Woman of prayer with Church at Pentecost.
Mother of Christ, our brother, friend and king!
Mother of God, with you to God we sing!

A new Lourdes Hymn

Hail, Mary, most blessed, the Mother of God,
And given by Jesus as Mother of all.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria, Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria

The angel’s great message, the birth of God’s Son,
Required your acceptance, so graciously given. Ave …

You cared for your cousin and joy swelled your heart.
You voiced all our hopes in your Magnificat. Ave…

A stable for shelter in labour and love,
You welcomed your baby, God’s gift from above. Ave …

The angels and shepherds first witnessed Christ’s birth.
The kings show God’s message is for the whole earth. Ave …

Hail, Mary
Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.

Blest art thou among women and blest is the fruit of thy womb.
Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us sinners now.
Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us at our death.
Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.

Harp music

Ave Maria (Arcadelt)


Fr Joseph Chalmers presiding

Entry Song

Praise my soul the King of heaven! To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Who like me his praise should sing?
Praise him! Praise him! Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the everlasting King!

Praise him for his grace and favour To our fathers in distress.
Praise him still the same as ever, Slow to chide and swift to bless.
Praise him! Praise him! Praise him! Praise him!
Glorious in his faithfulness!

Father-like he tends and spares us; Well our feeble frame he knows;
In his arms he gently bears us, Rescues us from all our foes.
Praise him! Praise him! Praise him! Praise him!
Widely as his mercy flows!

Russian Kyrie

Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison, Christe eleison, Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Dunkeld Gloria


The Liturgy of the Word

1st Reading: Sirach 24: 28-31

Ps 97: The Lord will come with justice and fairness.

2nd Reading: Acts 1:12-14. 2:44-47

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth
for revealing the mysteries of the Kingdom to children.
Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Matthew 18: 1-7;10


Harp reflection.


During the Offertory Procession we sing:

A Celtic Invocation

8 Celtic-pv.R

Christ be near at either hand. Christ behind, before me stand!
Christ with me where e’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 light 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 deeds!

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

Holy, holy, holy Lord … . . . . . . (Kelvinhall)

Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again, Christ will come.
Hosannah, hosannah, hosannah, hosannah,
hosannah in the highest. Hosannah in the highest.

Through him with him in him ……….Amen.


Lord, I am not worthy to receive you under my roof.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you under my roof.
But only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you under my roof.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you under my roof.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosannah! Hosannah! Hosannah in excelsis.

Bless’d be the Father who made us his people,
daughters and sons baptised in his name. . . . . . . .

choir: Praise the King of all creation (Bach – Quinn)


St Marcellin hymn


Saint Marcellin, to thee we pray that we who sing thy praise today
may learn of thee how little worth are all the vanities of earth,
how great, with heaven as its goal, the worth of every human soul!

To bring all minds to know the truth, to win for God the souls of youth,
to lead the heart of man and child to love God’s Mother undefiled –
this was thy care. Make us to be afire with love of God like thee.

O Marcellin, teach us to know God’s presence with us as we go;
to seek our Lord and love him most in Crib and Cross and Sacred Host.
And lead us when our life is done to Mary and to Mary’s Son!

Choir: Regina Coeli (Lotti).

Everyone is welcome in the hall for refreshments.

Acknowledgements and Copyright.: Mary the Dawn: Used in “Mary for all Christians” John McQuarrie ã Harper Collins. Music and verse 2 (c) Noel Donnelly. A new Lourdes Hymn: (c) Stephen E Smyth. Ps 97: Words & Music (c) Noel S Donnelly. Benedictus: Blessed be the Father: Words & Music of verses Noel S. Donnelly © Kevin Mayhew. Music of Mass parts and Gospel Acclamation © Gerry Fitzpatrick. Archdiocesan Calamus lic: 0269 and CCL Lic: 27398.