Sung Mass in Johnstone for the Feast of the Chair of St Peter

On the Feast of the Chair of St Peter (22nd February) the Parish of St Margaret of Scotland in Johnstone celebrated with a sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form. At the invitation of Parish Priest Fr Paul Brady, and with encouragement from Bishop Keenan, Una Voce Scotland (UVS) provided this Mass in the ancient form of the Roman Rite. UVS is a Scottish charity that promotes the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass and Gregorian Chant.

Around 170 of the faithful from around the Diocese of Paisley (with a few supporters from Glasgow) took shelter from the hail and sleet in this hidden gem of a church. Firstly, the Holy Rosary, led by UVS chairman Fraser Pearce, was offered for the current incumbent of the Chair of St Peter and for Holy Mother Church.

The congregation of parishioners – young and old – prayed in silence before Mass began with a flourish from the organ. The procession of servers and nine priests approached the altar of God, the last of whom was the celebrant of the Mass, Fr Gerard Byrne of St Brigid’s Toryglen.

This Sung Traditional Latin Mass was the first to be offered in St Margaret’s in 50 years. For some, it brought back memories of a Low Mass offered there a few years back for the golden wedding anniversary of a parishioner couple. For others, it was a reminder of Mass before the liturgical changes of the late 1960s. For most however, it was much more than a memory. In line with the global trend, the majority of attendees were those who are too young to remember, and who want the traditional Mass not out of nostalgia, but out of a love for the richness of the prayers, the depth of the silence, the  transcendence of the Gregorian Chant and the beauty of the ceremonies.

The music was provided by UVS’ own Schola (choir). In addition to the chant of the Mass, they sang polyphonic pieces by preeminent Catholic composers such as Thomas Luis de Victoria, Hans Leo Hassler and Antonio Lotti with organ music by Buxtehude.

Thanks to the warm hospitality of the parishioners, Mass was followed by refreshments and a time to share in conversation. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many asking for the Traditional Latin Mass to be offered regularly in the area.

Una Voce Scotland works to improve access to the TLM around Scotland. If you would like to see more events like this, pray for us and support our work.  If you don’t have a TLM near you, but would like one, let us know!

End of the Year Roundup 2019

Originally published in the December 2019 Newsletter.

As we begin a new liturgical year, we look back with thankfulness for the opportunities that we have had to support and expand the celebration of the traditional rites.

In June we shared in celebrating Fr Dunn’s 25th anniversary Mass providing music and altar servers.

Fr Doohan in Dundee received his first parish from Bishop Robson and the community there continues to grow having several baptisms and first holy communions in the old rite. Immaculate Heart Parish is also thriving and has had three baptisms and two first
holy communions in the old rite this year. St Mary’s Cleland was the setting for the baptism of another new baby, the daughter of one of our schola members.

In addition to the initiation of new Catholics, Una Voce Scotland assisted with the Requiem Mass of Dr Dunn.

The highlight of the year was the second visit of Cardinal Burke which was a resounding success. The Cardinal was able to see the fruits of his first visit, a ‘Burke Bounce’ one might say.

Una Voce Scotland continues to offer unseen support to many priests who rely on us for vestments, missals, training and personnel to assist with liturgies and events, all of which we do gladly.

Finally at the AGM, we recognised the service of Fred Stone and welcomed Fraser Pearce as the new Chairman. Moving into this new year, we entrust our apostolate to Our Blessed Lady, the Immaculata, who will guide and protect us in doing the work of Her Son.

Pontifical High Mass offered by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke ~ 2019

Cardinal Burke Pontifical High Mass 2019

Pontifical High Mass said by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke
~ Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross 2019

Members of Una Voce Scotland can, once again, be extremely proud of their level of success in the realm of promoting the traditional liturgy. On Saturday, the 14th of September we were successful in arranging a second Pontifical High Mass celebrated by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke in the parish of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Glasgow.

The reason for arranging the Mass on that date was that it was the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and the twelfth anniversary of the coming into law of Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum which released The Traditional Rite from all the restrictions to which it had so unjustly and falsely been subjected. No doubt that Pope Benedict XVI will have chosen the date with intention: the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was instituted as a result of the rediscovery of the True Cross by St Helena. This treasure, once lost, was returned to the Church, much like the Latin Mass. We are only too happy to acknowledge and support this connection in our choice of date.

We must be extremely grateful to Fr. Mark Morris for his permission to use Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and to his parishioners who so readily welcomed us to the parish as they always do. We must also extend our gratitude to Archbishop Tartaglia for his hospitality to The Cardinal and for once again loaning us the crozier of Archbishop Eyre for use on the occasion.

The Mass itself represented the triumph of the manifestation of the beauty of the traditional liturgy in its most magnificent form, the Pontifical High Mass. The church was full to capacity, with four hundred members of the faithful present. This was indeed a very edifying sight. The music was conducted by Una Voce’s Director of Music, Fraser Pearce, and consisted of the Church’s ancient chants and polyphony of the highest quality. The serving was ably organised by both John Inglis of Edinburgh and Thomas Thomson of Glasgow. The Cardinal’s words were extensively reported in The Scottish Catholic Observer. Many members of the clergy participated in the Mass. They included clergy from the Archdioceses of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Dioceses of Motherwell and Dunkeld and from Australia. Others attended in choro, including clergy and seminarians for Scottish dioceses and priests from the North of England. Good news travels fast- and FAR! You can find coverage of the Mass on:

New Liturgical Movement – Tradition Is For The Young (18)…

Scottish Catholic Observer (printed)

Scottish Catholic Observer (online)…

As usual, Mr. Vincent Macdonald will produce a DVD which will be available soon, both on Una Voce’s website and on individual copies. You can view the video of the Pontifical High Mass here:

Meanwhile Mr Matthew Lukowski, the photographer for the event, has already released the photographs for the day, which can be viewed here:

Many thanks to Mr Vincent Macdonald and Mr Matthew Lukowski for their service on the day.

Noticeable in all the coverage is the presence of large numbers of the faithful and the presence among them of large numbers of young people, giving the lie to the claims that there is no demand for the Traditional Rite and that it is an exercise in nostalgia.

Our thanks are due to Fr. de Malleray and the community at Warrington who loaned us the canopy for the throne for the Cardinal. This confirms the close links already established between Una Voce Scotland and the Warrington community and through that to the wider Fraternity of St. Peter apostolate.  We are also glad to record that the weekend of the Cardinal’s Mass was arranged in conjunction with our sister organisation, The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, who arranged for the Cardinal to celebrate Mass on London on Monday, the 16th of September.

Fred Stone
Chairman, Una Voce Scotland