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Remembering the Saints of Decatur Presbyterian Cburch, Nov 7, 2021
Kirkin ‘O’ The Tartans, October 31, 2021
The History of Kirkin’ o’the Tartan
The ceremony of Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan is of American origin, though based on Scottish history and legend. After Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish forces were defeated by the English at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, Scotland once again came under British rule. To control the Scots, a special act was passed that forbade the carrying of arms and the wearing of kilts, plaid, or any tartan which represented Scottish heritage. Orders were given for British troops to kill upon sight any person dressed in Highland garb or displaying the tartan.
As the Legend Goes. . .
This act prompted the stubborn Scots secretly to carry a piece of their tartan with them as they went to the Kirk. The minister then slipped a blessing (a Kirkin’) into the service for the tartans. The prohibition against tartan lasted for nearly 50 years. At the repeal of the act, the Church of Scotland celebrated with a Service of Family Covenant, at which time the tartan of each family was offered as a covenant expression for the Lord’s blessing.
Blessing of the Pets October 16, 2021
The Blessing of the Animals, traditionally held in October, is often associated with St. Francis of Assisi who is known as the patron saint of animals and ecology. Decatur Presbyterian Church also recognizes how pets are an important part of our families and this day gives everyone a chance to appreciate how pets are vital part of our spiritual lives. Please bring your own chairs for this event.
“The Blessing of the Animals is a wonderful opportunity for people of all backgrounds in all our surrounding communities to come together, meet and greet our beautiful animals that we love so much and confirm their blessings by the Spirit of God.” said Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Todd Speed at Decatur Presbyterian Church.