GALLERY: Rorate Mass & blessing of crib
Archbishop Cushley blessed the new crib at St Mary's Cathedral last night (Monday 12 December) after a candlelit Rorate Mass.
The Mass was accompanied by beautiful music to help lift up hearts to God!
Afterwards, people gathered in Coffee Saints cafe for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.
(Pics: Benedicta Lin).
Event: Advent concert by candlelight
Enjoy beautiful festive choral music this advent with a candlelit concert from the choir of St Mary’s Cathedral!
It will perform it's 'Light fo Light' show to audiences across the Archdiocese at the following venues:
• FALKIRK St Francis Xavier's Church, Wednesday 7 December, 8pm.
• KILSYTH St Patrick's Church, Saturday 10 December, 8pm.
• DUNFERMLINE St Margaret's RC Church, Friday 16 December, 8pm.
Tickets are £5 (or £10 family) and available via Eventbrite or on the door on the night. Visit https://bit.ly/3T7wRRY
Michael Ferguson, director of music at St Mary’s Cathedral, said the hour-long performance will feature "some of the most beautiful festive choral music ever written".
One week to go until the first of our Schola Cantorum candlelit concerts!
Join us in St Francis Xavier's Church, Falkirk, on Wednesday 7th December at 8pm for an hour-long programme of choral music and carols.
Tickets: £5 (£10 family) at https://t.co/Olvz664i6I or on the door pic.twitter.com/EMkjP6zThK
— Music at St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral (@MusicatStMarysC) November 30, 2022
He added "We’ll take everyone on a musical journey that is both reflective and meditative, joyful and inspiring. It’ll be a perfect way to celebrate the season of Advent and to prepare for Christmas.”
The choir will sing some much loved carols, as well as pieces by composers such as John Tavener, Morten Lauridsen, Philip Stopford, and John Rutter.
Michael, a lecturer in music at St Andrews University, added: “It has been a pleasure to work on the preparations with Fr Daniel Doherty at St Francis Xavier’s, Fr Scott Deeley at St Patrick’s, and Fr Cyriac Palakudyil at St Margaret’s.
"All three priests have invited us so warmly into their parishes to spend an evening making music with their communities, and we’re really looking forward to meeting everyone.”
"There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and to sing along!”
Founded in 2018, the Schola Cantorum brings together eight excellent singers to perform sacred music to the very highest of standards in the liturgy.
Light from Light: St Francis Xavier’s Church in Falkirk on Wednesday 7 December, St Patrick’s Church in Kilsyth on 10 December, and St Margaret’s Memorial Church in Dunfermline on Friday 16 December. All concerts begin at 8pm. Tickets are £5 (or £10 family) and available via Eventbrite or on the door on the night. Visit https://bit.ly/3T7wRRY
The Schola Cantorum’s CD, With Angels and Archangels, is available now: https://www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/store/withangels
Let Us Pray - Advent talk
Refresh your prayer life this Advent with a series of three talk on prayer from Sr Anna Marie McGuan RSM, the Catechetics Advisor for the Archdiocese. Across the Advent season she will discuss three forms of prayer:
This is a 30 min talk that takes place at 7:30pm on Monday 5, 12, and 19 December.
No registration required, just use the following link on the night to join any of the talks! bit.ly/adventtalks22
Enter Advent with Isaiah
Every Sunday in Advent this year, the first reading at Mass is from the Prophet Isaiah (Old Testament). We hear his name very often during the rest of the year too. But who was he? When and where did he live? What did he say about Jesus? And what does he have to say to us today?
This online talk will give an introduction to the Prophet Isaiah and a way to enter into the spirit of the Advent season in his company. Talk by Fr Jamie McMorrin, St Margaret's, Davidson's Mains, Edinburgh.
Event: Enjoy an advent concert by candlelight
The Schola Cantorum of St Mary's Cathedral is on tour this Advent!
The choir will perform three special concerts by candlelight, delivering beautiful festive choral music at the following churches:
- FALKIRK St Francis Xavier's Church, Wednesday 7 December, 8pm.
- KILSYTH St Patrick's Church, Saturday 10 December, 8pm.
- DUNFERMLINE St Margaret's RC Church, Friday 16 December, 8pm.
Michael Ferguson, musical director of the Schola Cantorum, said: “These candlelit concerts will be peaceful and uplifting – an opportunity to escape the Christmas frenzy and enjoy some wonderful, atmospheric music from these special singers. All are welcome.”
The Schola Cantorum is unique in the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, and is one of the few in the Catholic Church in Scotland existing principally to sing the repertoire of the historical treasury of sacred music to the highest possible standards in cathedral worship.
The ensemble not only embodies excellence in choral singing, but also a commitment to sharing the musical fruits of two millennia of Christian worship with the Catholic community and beyond.
The octet’s debut album, With Angels and Archangels, is out now.
WATCH: Archbishop's reflection at Advent Rosary for Life
Archbishop Cushley gave a reflection at our Advent Rosary for Life last night (Tuesday 21st). Watch it below or on YouTube
Thanks to all who prayed the Rosary with us in Advent for unborn children, their mothers and all pro-life intentions.
Register here for our annual Mass for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, which takes place at St Margaret's Chapel, Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, at midday on Tuesday 28 December.
WATCH: Get inspired in Advent!
Get inspired ahead of Christmas with our Advent Talks, all available on YouTube now.
WATCH: Get inspired in Advent!
Get inspired ahead of Christmas with our Advent Talks, each Monday in Advent a 7:30pm
The link to join each weekis bit.ly/AdventTalk (or Webinar ID: 891 8951 4801). No registration required, just click the link a few mins before the event begins. We'll also stream the talk on our YouTube channel.
The talks take place each Monday throughout Advent at 7:30pm. Watch previous talks in the series below.
WATCH: Sr Anna Marie's Advent Reflection (2)
Get ready for Christmas with this second Advent Reflection from Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM, the Archdiocesan Advisor on Catechetics, who is based at St Andrew's Convent in Edinburgh.
Watch the talk here.
WATCH: Sr Anna Marie's Advent Reflection (1)
Get ready for Christmas with this first or two talks by Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM, originally produced for teachers in our Diocese.
She's the Archdiocesan Advisor on Catechetics, based at St Andrew's Convent in Edinburgh. The next talk will be posted tomorrow!
Watch the talk here.