Thursday, 27 January 2011

Beauly Priory - 16

Here we see the sanctuary party, as the Bishop of Aberdeen reflects on the significance of the day and prepares to lead us in the recitation of the Rosary.

In addition to the Bishop, you can see Fr James Bell (Dean of the Highland Deanery) and Deacon John (from St Ninian's, Inverness) and Deacon Patrick (from St Mary's, Inverness). The MC is holding the statue of Our Lady, and behind Deacon John you can see the crucifer. The thurifer and acolytes are standing behind Deacon Patrick. The altar servers were drawn from various parishes in the Deanery - they are all members of the Guild of St Stephen.

Sing we of the blessed Mother who received the angel's word,
And obedient to the summons bore in love the infant Lord;
Sing we of the joys of Mary at whose breast that child was fed
Who is Son of God eternal and the everlasting Bread.

Sing we, too, of Mary's sorrows, of the sword that pierced her through,
When beneath the cross of Jesus she his weight of suff'ring knew,
Looked upon her Son and Saviour reigning from the awful tree,
Saw the price of our redemption paid to set the sinner free.

Sing again the joys of Mary when she saw the risen Lord,
And in prayer with Christ's apostles, waited on his promised word:
From on high the blazing glory of the Spirit's presence came,
Heav'nly breath of God's own being tokened in the wind and flame.

Sing the greatest joy of Mary, when on earth her work was done,
And the Lord of all creation brought her to his heav'nly home:
Virgin Mother, Mary blessed, raised on high and crowned with grace,
May your Son, the world's redeemer, grant us all to see his face.

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