Monday, April 21, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
St Giles' Cathedral, more properly termed the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline, at about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. The church has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years. The present church dates from the late 14th century, though it was extensively restored in the 19th century. Today it is sometimes regarded as the "Mother Church of Presbyterianism". The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Giles, who is the patron saint of Edinburgh, as well as of cripples and lepers, and was a very popular saint in the Middle Ages.
St Giles' was only a cathedral in its formal sense (i.e. the seat of a bishop) for two periods during the 17th century (1635–1638 and 1661–1689). In the mediaeval period, prior to the Reformation, Edinburgh had no cathedral as the royal burgh was part of the Diocese of St Andrews, under the Bishop of St Andrews whose episcopal seat was St Andrew's Cathedral. For most of its post-Reformation history the Church of Scotland has not had bishops, dioceses, or cathedrals. As such, the use of the term cathedral today carries no practical meaning. The "High Kirk" title is older, being attested well before the building's brief period as a cathedral.
The choir performance was wonderful. There were nearly 200 people in the Cathedral during the performance and many offered very positive comments about the quality of the performance. The message of the music was that Jesus Christ has atoned for our sins and that he gave his life for us that we might return to live with a loving Heavenly Father. The ending numbers for each concert were "I know that my redeemer lives", "This is the Christ", and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from The Messiah. The last concert was performed in the Edinburgh Stake Building with about 150 in attendance. It was a wonderful experience to be with the Choir and feel the spirit as they sang.
Our message to the world is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer and that He lives and is guiding His Church today through his Apostles and Prophets.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
In 1432, Colin, second son of Duncan Campbell (later 1st Lord Campbell), was granted Glenorchy, at the north end of Loch Awe. Kilchurn remained the powerbase for the Campbells for 150 years. It was not abandoned until the 1700s.
The 13th Earl (Duke of Argyll) and his family currently live in the castle when they visit Scotland.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Here is the room in Alloa all set up waiting for the workshop to begin. Unfortunately we only had two participants make it to the class.
These cathedrals are truly amazing structures. The sound inside is really good. We sat an listened to a fellow playing the organ.
After the Palace we went to a real fun pub for lunch. One of the best places to eat is a pub or tavern. We went to the Lion & Unicorn. The building dates back to 1635
The pub is on the west side of Stirling...about an hour drive from our flat...but well worth the drive. The food is excellent. Fortunately we have a nice tavern near our flat...the Spylaw Tavern which we go to often. The food is almost as good but it is a 15 minute drive.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Now if you were a real fan of Harry Potter, you would know that this coffee house is where J.K. Rowling wrote the first few Harry Potter books. This for sure would be a good trivia question about Harry Potter. (I have walked by this place a number of times but had no idea about its historical value until this week.) It is just down the street from Greyfriars Bobby and the cemetery. (But that is a different story...this picture was taken this last summer. We are not yet seeing too many blue skies in February. I think I have already posted a story about Greyfriars Bobby so I won't get sidetracked.)