Some of the participants getting to grips with the music

The Glasgow Archdiocesan Music Committee’s most recent workshop on 10 March provided musicians from across the Diocese with the opportunity to look at and appreciate the liturgies for Holy Week – from Palm Sunday to the Easter Vigil – as well as receive a host of musical resources.

The workshop was held in the Ogilvie Centre which is a warmly welcoming and easily accessed location. The music included the chants and other texts from the new Missal (including the new text of the Exsultet), a revisiting of familiar psalms and other pieces, and some new music from a range of sources.

After a short Morning Prayer (sung, of course!) and a welcome from Mgr. Gerry, there were separate sessions on Palm Sunday, including the Procession of Palms, led by Patricia McGlinchey; the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, ending with material for Night Prayers, presented by Grace Buckley; and Good Friday, taken by Sr. Margaret Bradley.

Patricia McGlinchey conducting with verve!

A short and welcome break for snacks and tea/coffee followed, prepared by Gina who, with the other ladies of St. Aloysius, always provides wonderful and seemingly effortless catering for workshops and events. This gave participants an opportunity to chat and ask questions, or browse the additional music publications and CDs available for sale.

The workshop ended with sessions on material for the Easter Vigil, taken by Maria Madden and Mgr. Gerry. There was some more time for questions before the participants went on their way, clutching reams of music which should give them plenty of options for their parishes, to enable a fitting celebration of Holy Week.

This report would not be complete without also mentioning the musical support for the sessions provided on organ by Jane McKenna, and the administration work of Elspeth Glasgow who ensured things ran smoothly and to time.

The resources provided at the workshop can still be obtained by contacting Mary Bradley or Mgr. Gerry at St. Leo the Great church or through the stmungomusic website.


Saying "thank you" with flowers to Gina