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Kirkin' o' the Tartan.


The following Kirkin' o' the Tartans Prayer, presented herein for educational purposes only, has been freely adapted from a version written by Ralph Gunn for services held as part of the Longs Peak, Colorado Scottish-Irish Festival:

On behalf of all Scots away from Scotland, and in the name of all the Scottish Clansfolk that are here represented, we present these Tartans before Almighty God in appreciation of our Heritage; and we ask His Blessings upon these, His humble servants.

O Lord, Thou hast promised that in all places where Thou recordest Thine Holy Name, Thou wilt meet with Thy servants, and bless them; fulfill now Thy Promise, and make us joyful in our prayer, so that our Worship, being offered in the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, and by the guidance of Thy Holy Spirit, may be acceptable unto You, and profitable unto ourselves.

Bless, we pray, these Tartans --- that they may be unto us and unto all people a token of the faith of our Fathers; and a sign of our service unto You.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The following text represents what the standard order of worship for a typical Kirkin' o' the Tartans service should look like. It is based on the order of worship schedule for Kirkin' ceremonies held during the Seattle Scottish Highland Games:

  • 9 am: The Congregation enters the Cathedral.
  • 9:20 am: The Lone Piper appears to perform his Prelude.
  • 9:30 am: The Call to Worship, as spoken by the Pastor of the Church, or Presiding Minister. The Congregation is then asked to stand for the singing of the Opening Hymn. (The National Anthems of the United States, Great Britain and Scotland may also be sung during this part of the service.)
  • 9:45 am: The Congregation is asked to remain standing for the Delivery of the Invocation.
  • 9:50 am: The Readings, from either the Book of Psalms or the Book of Proverbs. The Congregation is now asked to stand yet again .... this time, for the supreme moment of the service:
  • 10 am: The Kirkin' o' the Tartans!
  • 10:15 am: The Reading from the Scripture.
  • 10:25 am: The Presiding Minister or Guest Speaker delivers the Sermon. The Congregation stands once more for the singing of the second Hymn.
  • 10:35 am: The Prayers are spoken. These may be traditional prayers; or prayers composed especially for the service.
  • 10:45 am: The Congregation is asked to stand for the singing of Amazing Grace, which is performed first by the Lone Piper with [optional] organ accompanying; then by the entire Congregation. The Lone Piper reprises the tune's first verse as the farewell solo.
  • 10:50 am: The Congregation is asked once again to remain standing for the Delivery of the Benediction. Following this, the Lone Piper plays one last tune before exiting the Cathedral. The Congregation then follows the Lone Piper out of the Cathedral, thus bringing the service to its close.

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