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Tribute to Canon Galbraith

CANON JOHN ANGUS GALBRAITH 1945-2006 The Canon or “An Canan” as he was affectionately known amongst the parishioners of Daliburgh, Garrynamonie and Eriskay, spent most of his years as a Priest in his much loved St Peter’s in Daliburgh, South Uist. John Angus Galbraith was born in Brevig in Barra on 29 November 1945. The family moved to Oban when he was very young and while in Oban at the age of 12 he felt drawn to the church and his faith, within a short time he was studying for the Priesthood. Canon John Angus Galbraith was ordained in St Columba’s Cathedral in Oban in April 1971 and in actual fact this was the last church on the mainland where his remains lay before making the final journey across the Minch to his beloved St Peters for Requiem Mass before burial in Hallin cemetery in South Uist. St Peter’s Church was his first appointment as a parish curate. From there he served various parishes including Campbelltown and Oban, then he returned to St Peters in 1991. His responsibilities were extended in 2001 to include the parish of St Michael’s Eriskay, following the retirement of Fr Calum MacLellan. Canon John Angus was dedicated to his faith – as a young and newly appointed priest his ambition was to attract parishioners back to their church. Needless to say he did this...

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Homily for Canon Galbraith’s Requiem Mass

An image comes to mind, the image of a day in Oban thirty-five and a half years ago. Two young men lie prostrate in prayer before the altar of St. Columba’s Cathedral. Around them the clergy and the Faithful of the diocese respond to the Litany of the Saints. One young man is John Angus, the other is myself. We went our different ways, his initially more pastoral than mine. Over the years we met from time to time, and now, on behalf of the bishop and my brother priests, it is my duty to preach at his Funeral Mass. In his will, Father John Angus requested that this Mass be simple, that the hymns be the familiar hymns you know so well, and that the homily be on the priesthood and vocations to the priesthood. What can I say about priesthood? Will I go once more to the documents of the Second Vatican Council? Will I give an abstract reflection on the Catholic priesthood? How can I be abstract when we lay a good and faithful priest to rest? Another image comes to mind. It is of John Angus standing alongside his fellow priests at the Chrism Mass in Oban. So often he was there, answering the questions put to us by the bishop, questions directed at the heart of every priest as we prepared to enter the...

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Our Lady of the Isles

To give honour to the Blessed Virgin Mary is as natural to the people of the Gaeltachd as breathing the air. As well as being expressed in the personal and community prayer of the people, it is also expressed in their language and in their description of everyday things. The Gael sees no boundary between the world of faith and the secular world – every thing and every event may be pervaded by the grace of God which in practice is principally obtained through the intercession and protection of Mary, the Mother of God. Especially in times of trouble or threat the Gael places special reliance on her power of intercession and looks to her for safety and refuge.   In Scots Gaelic there is a special name for the Virgin Mary which is used for her alone – “Moire” (Mary). The ordinary word for Mary is “Mairi” but this word is never used to denote the Virgin Mary. Her special place in the lives and culture of the people demands a special name. On the lips of many Gaelic speakers today can be regularly heard the phrase “A Mhoire” (By Mary).   Innumerable blessings, hymns, religious songs, legends, and pious customs relating to “Moire Mhin Mhathar” (Sweet Mother Mary) form the great majority of all the collected material of Gaelic folklore in the Isles. Mary’s name is to...

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Gaelic Rosary

 A’CHONAIR MHOIRE/ THE ROSARY The Rosary is an extremely popular devotion with Catholics. It has a very long, very varied and very complicated history. It is both a vocal and mental prayer. It consists of 15 decades of Hail Marys, each decade preceded by an Our Father and a Glory be to the Father and accompanied by a meditation called a mystery. The 15 mysteries focus on the Incarnation, the suffering of Christ and glorification of Christ. They are a compendium of the life and work of Jesus and a summary of the Liturgical year. Nowadays the Rosary is divided into 3 parts each containing 5 decades and it is the custom to pray only one part at a time. The three parts are the Joyful mysteries, the Sorrowful mysteries and the Glorious mysteries. A CHONAIR MHOIRE THE ROSARY An ainm an Athar, agus a Mhic, agus an Spioraid Naoimh. Amen. Fosglaidh tusa, a Thigheama, mo bheul. Agus bheir mo theanga cliu dhut. Dean cobhair orm, O Dhia. A Thighearna, greas gum chuideachadh. Gloir don Athair. agus don Mhac, agus don Spiorad Naomh. Mar a bha, is mar a tha, is mar a bhitheas, fad shaoghal nan saoghal. Amen A CHEUD EARRANN THE FIRST PART Na coig ruin Aoibhneach, ri an gabbail a h-uile Diluain is Diardaoin Di-domhnaich ‘San Aidbhein agus an deidh Latha nan tri Righrean gu Carghus....

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