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Church Service - Blessing the Tartans
Our thanks to Jeanette Simpson for sending us this information

Interdenominational Scottish Church Service
Pentecost Sunday, June 3, 2001

Marching to church service
The honored guests marching to the church service on Sunday, June 4, led by the Bishop, representatives of the 78th Fraser Highland Regiment, Richard Carmichael of Carmichael and his standard-bearer, with other honored clan chiefs following.

Call to Worship: The Rev. Ruth Bradbury LaMonte

Procession of Pipes, Tartans, Dignitaries and Clergy

Greetings In Christís Name: The Rt. Rev. John M. Taylor

Presentation of the Tartans: The Rev. Arthur Conaway

On behalf of all Scots away from Scotland, we present these tartans before Almighty God and ask His blessing on these His servants.

The Blessing: The Rt. Rev. John M. Taylor

Almighty God, who hast promised that in all places where Thou dost record Thy Name, Thou will meet with Thy servants to bless them. Fulfill now Thy promises, and make us joyful in Thy house of prayer, that our worship, being offered in the Name of Thy Son, and by the guidance of Thy spirit, may be acceptable unto Thee, and profitable unto ourselves. Bless, we beseech Thee, these tartans, that they may be unto us and unto all men, a token of the faith of our father and the sign of our service to Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: Morning Has Broken Page 4

Collect of the Day: The Rev. Arthur Conaway

New Testament Lesson: Acts 2: 1-11 The Rev. Ruth Bradbury LaMonte

Psalm 104: 25-32 or 37 The Rev. Gary Morrison

Gospel: John 20: 19-23 or 14: 8-17 The Rev. Arthur Conaway

Homily: The Rt. Rev. John M. Taylor

The Lordís Prayer: The Rev. Gary Morrison

Flowers of the Forest Roll: The Rev. Ruth Bradbury LaMonte

Please stand as the names are read and Flowers of the Forest is played.

The Flowers of the Forest: Karen McKenzie, Piper

Hymn: Amazing Grace Page 6

Benediction: The Rt. Rev. John M. Taylor

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you and warm your heart Ďtil it glows like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, and also a friend. And may the light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of the house, bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm. And now may the Lord bless you all, and bless you kindly. Amen.

Clan representatives taking their tartan to the Kirking for the Blessing of the Tartan
Clan representatives taking their tartan to the Kirking for the Blessing of the Tartan

A note on the Blessing of the Tartan
I was told whenever the blessing is being read clansmen are to hold onto a piece of their tartan, whether grabbing a handful of kilt or scarf or whatever.  This is to honor our ancestors who were forbidden to wear the kilt and had to hide small pieces of it away or bake it into their bread when the English were in the vicinity.  The men, who hold the tartan flags for the blessing, dip them forward during the blessing.  They also dip the flag forward as the names of the Flowers of the Forest of their clan are read and clan members stand during the reading.



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