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.

Sunday January 8 at 6.30 pm in Glasgow Cathedral

Some of the St Mungo Singers during a previous St Mungo Service in the Cathedral

This ecumenical evening service, on the Sunday before St Mungo’s Day, is the brain-child of Dr Laurence Whitley, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, and Archbishop Conti, and is organised jointly by the Cathedral and Glasgow Churches Together with the support of Glasgow City Council.

It will begin with ‘Let Glasgow Flourish.’ Representatives of the City and the Churches of Glasgow will be joined by the Bishop of St Asaph (a St Mungo foundation in Wales), Rt Rev Gregory Cameron, who will speak about the link with Wales and the 1400 anniversary of the death of St Mungo and the birth of the City.

The service provides an opportunity to thank God in word, song, dance and music, for St Mungo’s life and influence on Glasgow, and to pray for the city’s people and leaders.

Music will be provided and led by the St Mungo Singers, Russkaya Capella, the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band, with piper and harpist.

Sixteen dancers aged between 10 and 16 from the Visual Statement performing arts company will depict the spirit of the city and highlight St Mungo’s coat of arms and his return to Glasgow from Hoddom after exile. Choreographed by Danny Dobbie and accompanied by Handel’s ‘For Unto Us A Child Is Born’, this symphonic dance is both energetic and moving, while paying reverence to the venue and the celebration service.

A wreath will be laid at the Tomb of St Mungo on behalf of the City.