Glasgow Churches Together
The Vigil of St Andrew’s Day
St Andrew’s Ecumenical Evening Prayer
The skirl o’ the pipes will echo along Clyde Street in Glasgow on the eve of St Andrew’s Day to celebrate the annual feast day of Scotland’s patron saint.
Glasgow’s Churches Together have organised an extra special event for 7pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral on Thursday the 29th November, the eve of St Andrew’s Day.
There will be a service of evening prayer based on the classical form of Vespers and a piper will welcome people as they make their way along the Broomielaw and across the Suspension Bridge to the Cathedral.
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Glasgow’s Roman Catholic archbishop, will welcome people to St Andrew’s recently refurbished Cathedral, and he will be joined by the Very Rev Howard Hudson, the Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery (the preacher for the occasion), the Rev Alan Anderson, Chair of Glasgow Churches Together, and the other church representatives. There will be special intercessions for the well-being of Scotland and the Scots.
The music for the service will be lead by the Archdiocesan choir, the St Mungo Singers, and it will begin with the lighting of candles on the cathedral sanctuary –
‘Yours is the day and yours the night, Lord God:
Let the Sun of Justice shine so steadily in our hearts,
that we, who gather to honour Andrew, your servant and friend,
may come at length
to that light where you dwell eternally.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.’
Before the Blessing, given by the representatives of the churches, people will be invited to pray together:
God, our loving Father,
St Andrew introduced Peter,
the Greek visitors,
& the little boy with loaves & fishes,
to your Son, Jesus Christ.
May we be like him in sharing
friendship and hospitality,
and in faithfulness to Jesus
and his Kingdom of justice,
love & peace.
May our country be a community
in which everyone matters,
everyone has an honoured place,
and the dignity of each
is assured by our faith in you
as Father of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
All are welcome and the service will be followed by hospitality at the Archdiocesan Offices next door.