2015-11-22: Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans

Scot or Not!
The Episcopal Church owes its existence to the Scottish Episcopal Church and to Bishop Samuel Seabury. St. Andrew, the patron of Scotland, is honored on our lectionary calendar on November 30.  Many Episcopal churches celebrate this connection between the Scottish and American churches by hosting a celebration on aSunday near St. Andrew’s feast day which has come to be called the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans (Kirkin’ meaning ‘churching’ or ‘blessing.’)  On Sunday, November 22, at both Eucharists, you are invited to wear or bring your favorite tartan clothing, scares, tams, kilts, your plaid whatevers.  At the end of the liturgy you will be invited to the altar for the blessing of the tartans that includes a prayer of commemoration for St. Andrew and Bishop Seabury.  So, whether you’re of Scottish heritage or not, bring or wear your “colors” on November 22 for the Kirkin’ of the Tartans.