Honouring Scotland's martyr

St Aloysius Church in Glasgow was full to capacity again yesterday evening, on the eve of the Feast of St John Ogilvie SJ.  Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow officiated at Ecumenical Vespers with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (representing Pope Francis) and Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the British Jesuit Provincial. In the congregation were John Fagan’s son, John Fagan Jnr and his grandson. John Fagan Senior was a Glasgow docker who was diagnosed with a stomach tumour which was cured in 1967 after his wife, Mary, and the parish of Blessed John Ogilvie SJ prayed to the Jesuit martyr. 

This evening (7.30pm), Archbishop Tartaglia will be the principal celebrant at Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, in celebration of the life and witness of Ogilvie who was martyred exactly 400 years ago, on 10 March 1615. This is a national event for people from all over Scotland and there are no spare places left for this Mass. However, it is due to be streamed live from the Cathedral via webcam.

Archbishop Tartaglia and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

The Vatican has declared that 2015 will be celebrated as a Jubilee Year in St Andrew’s Cathedral, St Aloysius, Garnethill and St Jude’s & St John Ogilvie’s, Barlanark. Anyone who attends a liturgy in honour of St John Ogilvie in one of these churches and anyone who privately visits one of these churches and prays the Our Father, Hail Mary, Apostles’ Creed and a prayer in honour of St John may obtain a Plenary Indulgence, under the usual conditions of Confession, Communion and Prayer for the Pope.


Main photo: The John Ogilvie 400 sign at the entrance to St Aloysius Church, Glasgow. 

Right: Archbishop Tartaglia and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. Credit: Archdiocese of Glasgow