The Festival this year marks the 14th centenary of the founding of the City of Glasgow, whose roots can be traced to the presence of Mungo at the site of the present Cathedral near the Molendinar Burn. Mungo (or Kentigern) died between 604 and 612.
BALLET AT THE ST ENOCH SHOPPING CENTRE
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 January from 12 noon till 4 pm
Sixteen dancers aged between 10 and 16 from the Visual Statement performing arts company will be depicting the spirit of the city music and dance, and highlighting St Mungo’s coat of arms and his return to Glasgow from Hoddom after exile
This original concept especially devised for the event will be an ey- catching and beautifully choreographed performance which will wow shoppers and passers-by as they view the uplifting and inspirational performance and hear the tranquil music from Vanessa Mae’s ‘ A Little Scottish Fantasy’ concluding with Handel’s ‘For Unto Us A Child Is Born’.
The performance, choreographed by Danny Dobbie assisted by Brian McIntyre and Wendie Reid, will be a modern symphonic dance piece featuring the city’s coat of arms – the Bird, Bell, Fish and Tree. The performance will be a collage of the characters and the usually unseen ‘spirit of Glasgow’.
Central to the performance will be ‘The Seal Of The City’, a metal movable sculpture commissioned by Visual Statement and designed by Andy Scott. The dancers will dance on, inside and around this structure to add an extra dimension to the performance.
COMMUNION AT GLASGOW CATHEDRAL
Friday 13 January at 11 am
All are welcome to communion in the St James’ Chapel of the Cathedral.
SCHOOLS SERVICE AT GLASGOW CATHEDRAL
Friday 13 January at 12 noon
Pupils from Whitehill Secondary and St Mungo’s Academy will meet with the Minister of the Cathedral, Rev Laurence Whitley, and Bailie Catherine Mc Master for a special service of dedication round the tomb of the saint. It will finish with the laying of a wreath on behalf of the youth of the city.
MASS OF ST MUNGO
Friday 13 January at 7 pm in St Mungo’s Church, Parson Street, Townhead
In this year of St Mungo’s 14th centenary, the Mass of St Mungo clearly has a special significance for the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Archbishop Mario Conti will concelebrate the Mass with priests of the Archdiocese, the Gospel will be sung, and the music will be led by the St Mungo Singers, school groups, piper, harpist and ensemble.
January 13th is a day for us to glad about Glasgow, to pray for its people and its future, and to give thanks
The Collect of the Mass of St Mungo has a particular resonance for Glaswegians reflecting on the history of our ancient city:
Lord our God, you chose St Kentigern as bishop
to spread the light of faith by the preaching of your Word:
grant our prayer
that we who celebrate his memory may always be true to his teaching
and so grow daily in faith and holiness.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(A prayer from the traditional Vespers of St Mungo)
Deus, qui beatum Kentegernum pontificem ecclesiae tuae
doctorem pariter et rectorem mirifice presignasti,
ut cuius venerandam festivitatem agimus,
ipsius semper subfragia senciamus
per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Translated as: Let us pray:
God, who wonderfully distinguished Blessed Kentigern, bishop of the church,
as teacher and pastor,
grant that as we celebrate his feast we may experience the effect of his prayers
though Christ our Lord. Amen
EVENTS IN THE CITY CHAMBERS
Friday January 13
At 10 am 350 school children will attend a performance in the Banqueting Hall of the City Chambers, where five Glasgow schools will play, dance and sing for St Mungo’s Day. A senior pupil from Lourdes secondary school will be compere on the day. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
At 1.30 pm the second Molendinar Awards will be held in the Banqueting Hall. More than 30 schools have entered into this event, celebrating Glasgow’s local history and archaeology, with the final 12 schools being showcased at the awards presentation. This is a promotion sponsored by Joe Logan with a presentation in song and drama of the achievements of the young people of Glasgow. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.