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Kirkin' o' the Tartans
The word "Kirkin" comes from the Scottish
word for "church" ("kirk"). The Kirkin' o' the
worship service traces its roots to the legend that Scots secretly
would take swatches of their tartans to church in the 18th century
when the wearing of tartans was outlawed under the Proscription Act
of 1746. At a pre-designated time in the service, the Clansmen and
Clanswomen would touch their concealed tartans while the minister
blessed the cloth in Scottish.
became reality when Presbyterian Minister Dr. Peter Marshall presided over the first formal Kirkin' O'
the Tartans ceremony on April 27, 1941, in Washington, D.C. Marshall
served as and Chaplain of the U. S.
Senate from 1947 - 1949.
hundreds of Presbyterian churches throughout the nation celebrate
the blessing of the clans throughout the year.
In Montreat, the annual Kirkin o' the Tartans involves
about a 100 tartan banners and a distinguished huest minister to deliver the
sermon at this worship.
The Montreat Scottish Society Pipes & Drums band,
often accompanied by a brass orchestra, provides music both in a
pre-service welcoming concert and during the service.
Put in on your
calendar and join us
2014 Kirkin' o' the Tartans
Sunday, May 25th, Anderson Auditorium,
10:15 am Pipin' on the Green, MSS Pipes & Drums
11:00 am Kirkin' o' the Tartans