Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Edging Back Into The Public Square

[That's my boy's scout troop in a previous parade. Scottish Scouts wear kilts on parade. Cool, huh?]

I am delighted that after years of irreligious and pagan nonsense infecting the West End Festival, St Peter's and St Simon's churches in the West End of Glasgow have stepped up to the plate in bringing the Faith into the Festival. Some years ago the festival parade was headed buy a bunch of femmo-hippie-nutcases bearing a very large banner bearing a parody of the Pater Noster ("Our Mother, Who Art On Earth..." you get the picture). I had taken my young children and I despared of the whole thing.

There are a number of events one of which looks a bit grizzly (Speaking of Faith - Andrew O'Hagan and a Lady Vicar */facepalm*) but there is a concert of works including Tavener and Macmillan (Musical Ikons) by the Strathclyde University Chamber Choir and most promisingly Solemn Vespers on the 27th June at 6pm and Quarant'Ore (7.30am-7.30pm) 28th/29th June at St Peter's Partick.

On a historical note, St Peter's in Partick was apparently the first place in post-Reformation Scotland where Benediction and Eucharistic Adoration was introduced. Can that be true?

Anyway, well done St Simon's & St Peter's.

Ideas for next year: Solemn High Mass in the EF for Ss Peter and Paul? Solemn Vespers, EF or OF? John Haldane and James Macmillan on reclaiming Catholicism?

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Anonymous Ebo said...

I went a couple of years back with all our family making a day of it (featuring a nice spot of lunch at Two Fat Ladies :D )

There was deff A "Burlesque" theme within it and thanks be to God the hiddeous sight of overly plump wummin prancing about in their breeks and bras went over the kids' heads and passed us very quickly.

As if the parade couldn't get any more surreal, a Greenock Boys Brigade marching band found themselves tagged onto the back of it.

Now, I never did Geography (or "Jogurphy", as they call it in Renfrew) passed second year at School, but I DO know the Diocese of Paisley and District of Inverclyde arenae actually located within St. Simon's Parish.

Anyone who wants a shot on the Parade can get one - so it seems.

9:50 AM  
Blogger William Newton said...

Have just come across your blog (was Googling the terms "Ballykissangel" and "anti-Catholic") and have very much enjoyed reading your observations. Keep up the good work and God bless!

2:30 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

William, that's very kind.

Ebo - the festival does seem to have an element of West Ender-Exhibitionist about it. Those normally buttoned up civil servants and the like...

9:08 AM  

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