Festival organiser Cathy McMaster writes:

2016 marks the eighth year in which the St Mungo Festival has celebrated Glasgow’s patron saint and endeavoured to increase awareness of the city’s history.

This is the first year that we’ve been able to join the city’s culinary expertise to our celebrations. From West in Glasgow Green and Woodlands Road to Gandolfi’s Bar, Cafe and Fish Restaurant in the Merchant City, along with the Trattoria Gia and the St Mungo Museum, you will be able to enjoy good food and drink for the entire duration of the Festival.

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The 2016 Festival launches on January 6 with two lectures presented in collaboration with the Glasgow City Heritage Trust. On Saturday, January 9 at the Mitchell Library, Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia and Rev Dr Laurence Whitley will read from a copy of the Vita St Kentigerni, the 12th century book commissioned by Bishop Jocelyn to recount the story of St Mungo.

Sunday, January 10, sees Glasgow Churches Together mark St Mungo’s Day with the Celebrating St Mungo Service, honouring the city’s patron in dance and song. Dr Irene O’Brien, Senior Archivist at The Mitchell, will be the speaker.

On January 13, the Feast of St Mungo, Archbishop Tartaglia will celebrate Mass in St Mungo’s Church in Townhead. Earlier in the day there will be a walk following the path of the Molendinar Burn from Cardowan down to the Clyde. There will also be the customary dedication of the city’s youth to St Mungo at mid-day in Glasgow Cathedral.

January 14 sees the 2016 Molendinar Lecture, given this year by Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph in Wales, under the title of ‘Lord, let Glasgow flourish: What makes a city tick?’

Other highlights of the Festival include Mungo’s Bairns, when children from seven primary schools will tell the story of the patron saint in song and dance at Wellington Church. There will also be a number of workshops and talks throughout the period of the Festival.

I hope this year’s St Mungo Festival will help you to deepen your appreciation of St Mungo and the history (and future!) of the wonderful city he founded.

Catherine McMaster
Festival Organiser

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