The St Mungo Festival on radioalba.org
Highlights on radioalba.org this week include items from Glasgow’s St Mungo Festival –
Morning Prayers for school this week marks the Feast of St Mungo, patron saint of Glasgow but revered also in Culross, Hoddom, Cumbria and Wales and even in Russia. It is led by children of Glasgow schools – it begins with ‘I’m going back to Glasgow’ and ends with ‘This the tree that never grew. . . .
the Vita Kentigerni – the Life of St Mungo – takes place (virtually) at the Mitchell Library with a welcome by Dr Irene O’Brien, the City Archivist, Carissa Swan the harpist, children of the Russian Singing Studio, the St Mungo Singers, and with an excerpt from 12th century Vita Kentigerni read by Archbishop Mario Conti (Latin) and the Rev Mark Johnstone, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral. It concludes with Let Glasgow Flourish.
The St Mungo Festival Service with the Lord Provost Cllr Philip Braat, the Archbishops, the Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, the Moderator and representatives of the churches, with children of St Denis’s Primary School, Russkaya Cappella, the St Mungo Singers, the Rutherglen Salvation Amy Band, Willie Fyfe the Piper and Carissa Swan the Harpist – with the Russian icon of St Kentigern and the St Mungo Candle. At the end the City Council wreathe is laid by the Lord Provost at St Mungo’s tomb in the crypt. Let Glasgow Flourish!
The city archivist, Dr Irene O’Brien, gives a talk daily at 1.00 for radioalba.org on The Legacy of St Mungo – and it is followed by Catherine Walker’s harp piece ‘St Thenew’ (or Enoch).
Next week radioalba.org will air Mungo’s Bairns – which this year will include the Cantata, The Legend of St Mungo, produced by students of the Conservatoire of Scotland along with children of St Paul’s Primary, Whiteinch. The Cantata was written for Glasgow’s 1990 Year of Culture, was performed in the Cathedral, St Mungo’s Church, St George’s, Penilee, Wellington Church and even, with 68 Primary schools, in the Kelvin Hall.
Much of the St Mungo Festival can be seen on the Glasgow Churches Together website and Facebook