BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship goes to St Aloysius' Church, Glasgow

Last Sunday (27 September) at 8:10 am, St Aloysius' Church, Glasgow played host to BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship.

Mass from St Aloysius' RC Church, Glasgow, marking the Pope's visit to the United States and attendance this weekend at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Celebrant: Fr James Crampsey SJ, with the Choir of St Aloysius' Church and the Choirs of the Schola Cantorum of St Aloysius' College.

Fr James opened by welcoming the congregation, “St Aloysius’ is in the centre of Glasgow, just up from Sauchiehall Street, and close to the Art School.  It is a Jesuit Church, so you would not be surprised by its baroque façade and barrel vault, reminiscent of Jesuit Churches in Rome. Pope Francis, who this weekend is in Philadelphia attending the World Meeting of Families, would also recognise on the façade and high over my head here above the altar, the trademark Jesuit sunburst, which is also included in his own coat of arms. In its centre are the letters IHS, standing for ‘Jesus Hominum Salvator’, or Jesus the human family’s Saviour, in whose name we are called to celebrate God’s presence in the Word and Sacrament.

Jesus said, where two or three gather together in my name, there I am in the midst of them. Conscious of his presence we ask him to reconcile us through his mercy as we sing the Kyrie Eleison”.

 During his homily Fr James quoted Pope Francis: 

‘I can clearly see that what the Church needs today is the ability to heal wounds and warm the hearts of faithful, it needs to be by their side. I see the Church as a field hospital after a battle.

‘It is pointless to ask a seriously injured patient whether his cholesterol or blood sugar levels are high! It is his wounds that need to be healed. The rest we can talk about later. Now we must think about treating those wounds. And we need to start from the bottom’.

He explained: “This description of the Church and World by Pope Francis may help us to respond to the difficult sayings at the end of the Gospel Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48. There are few people who think that they have to be taken literally, but we should understand that people have already wounded others and in the process themselves too, and the damage they have done may need a radical remedy, an organic remedy - to continue the metaphor of the body parts. 

“But in the midst of all this mess, an image is conjured of someone bringing a cup of water to drink, and who by that simplest of the acts of merciful solidarity, finds themselves in this unruly world of the new family that is the whole of humanity waiting for healing and comfort.  Can we re-imagine the human family through the giving and receiving of a glass of water?”

The mass ended with the Organ Voluntary of Toccata by Gigout.

Musical Directors: Keith Roberts and Dan Divers.

Organists: Hugh Reid and James Clarkson on the new organ only just installed. Read about the recent 'Topping out ceremony' >>
Producer: Mo McCullough.

Go over to the Radio 4 Sunday Worship page for 27/09/15. Listen >>