My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my saviour, for you, Lord, have looked with favour on your lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: You, the almighty, have done great things for me, and holy is your name. You have shown strength with your arm and scattered the proud in their conceit, casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. You have filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. You have come to the aid of your servant Israel, to remember the promise of mercy, the promise he made to our forebears, to Abraham and to his children for ever. (from Luke 1)
Some words on St Ninian’s Day when one baby, two children and an adult from China were baptised. At the end of June I was meant to be on the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic. June on the Falklands is in the middle of the bleak mid -winter, it gets dark just after 3pm, although to be fair the sub-zero temperatures there did rival our Scottish summer. I had packed thermal vests, windproof jacket, climbing boots. I eventually got to the Falklands, but I did get stranded on Ascension Island for 4 days. This particular spot on the globe, just south of the equator, is a small volcanic, rather than a desert island: it felt like the middle of nowhere - and I didn’t even have my 8 favourite discs with me, and I wished I’d taken some shorts and some sun block. There’s a long runway, an RAF base, and above a beautiful beach. There’s even a transmitter for the BBC World Service, broadcasting to over 750 million people. At night time and a bit like David Attenborough I saw big mother turtles struggling out of the ocean’s surf and making their way up the beach, digging a pit to lay their eggs, doing the business, clearly exhausted trying to cover their precious cargo as skua birds circled above in search of a midnight feast. Perhaps not quite Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands, but certainly remnants of prehistoric times. “Who lives here?” I asked on a tour of the island. It soon became obvious there were 2 categories of people: service personnel wore uniforms, I could easily establish their identity, but the others – who were they? “Saints” was the reply. “Saints?” I queried, seeing few signs of halos. “Saints” remained the answer, people from St Helena, a socalled neighbouring island, only 2 days away by boat. “Saint” is quite a label to live up to.
Today is a special saints day, St Ninian: 16th September is his day. Eight years as Provost of St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth mean I have a reasonable range of sermons on the saint. Whilst everyone has heard of Columba and paddling his coracle across the sea to Iona and founding the abbey, Ninian was the first to bring the faith to Scotland, building the candida casa, the white house, the first church on Scottish soil, in Galloway. It probably requires a bit of a leap of faith and imagination to think of the 4 young lives as potential saints. I see them as that: not in the sense of being whiter than white with carefully polished haloes, permanently seeking midnight feasts, but in the sense of the promises freely made by parents and godparents of seeing and serving Christ in all persons, respecting the dignity of every human being, working for justice and peace. In these young lives that message will probably not be broadcast to 750 million people, but it could: it might not build a 21st century candida casa, but it could – one good friend between school and university actually built a leprosy hospital in northern Ghana aged 19. I suppose I see saints as linking us back to olden times: not so much pre-historic times with my turtles on Ascension Island, but certainly back to Ninian and his readiness to bring the gospel to the people of Scotland, and to Jesus and his message of unconditional love for all. The saints also challenge us to move on, to do in our day what they did in theirs, to live the life of self-less love as the Christ did. Blessed by the water in this font, journey on. You may be planning to go to one place and find yourself in another. I was heading for the Falklands, but stranded on Ascension Island I came across saints. Loaded with thermals for the bleak mid-winter, I soon regretted carrying no sun block. Never carry or use God block, blocking out the divine image in everyone we meet. Difficult to see always see the divine image – agreed. But remember wherever you are or wherever you go, God goes with you, and the water in this font and the bread and wine in this Eucharist sustain you, sustain us in our journey through life.
October sees the Cathedral clergy team restored to full strength. Willie Shaw’s deaconing at the end of September means the safe arrival of Nicki’s replacement. John McLuckie, in case you have missed the weekly service sheet, has been appointed Vice-Provost. Currently a Chaplain at the Royal Marsden, John has served at St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth; King’s College, Cambridge; and churches in Edinburgh and Glasgow. John has many gifts and I am delighted that he and Sarah will be joining us in the Cathedral. The funeral of Doris Smith saw us giving thanks for the life of the person who was the longest serving member of the Cathedral’s congregation. Bishop Brian paid warm tribute to his Mum, as did the bell ringers as they honoured one of their number.
The news of the sudden death of Geoff Millard caused many tears to be shed. Hundreds gathered in the Cathedral to give thanks for this loving and lovely man and to hold Jane and their family in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, dear friend.
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Clues Scripture clues are always to be found in King James’s Authorised Version Across 1 Hail Holy Queen, Marian prayer often said after 17 down (Latin) (5,6) 9 Ahead in time (2,7) 10 Leg bone (5) 11 Require (4) 12 Name and address at top of writing paper (10) 14 Where there is despair, let me give ........... (Prayer of St Francis of Assisi) (4) 15 Concerned with identification of nature of illness (10) 19 Part of the inner ear; or Milan opera house and collective name for TV, radio and newspapers (5,5) 20 and the earth brought forth her fruit. Brethren, if any of you do err ........ (4) James 5 21 A rood, the four arms of which are of equal length (5,5) 23 Writer of “but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (4) Romans 8 25 Christian Scriptures (5) 27 Cream or lotion used to protect skin from strong rays (9) 28 The Prayer Jesus taught us (Latin) (5,6)
Crossword set by Elaine McCulloch Smith Solution in the November Magazine
Down 1 Author of “We do pray for mercy, and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy” (Merchant of Venice) (11) 2 Where there is hatred, let me sow ........... (Prayer of St Francis of Assisi) (4) 3 Eric Morcambe’s comedy partner (5,4) 4 Choose (5) 5 Life of the soul (8) 6 Substitute version of 26 down, published in 1980 (initials) (1,1,1) 7 Genus to which carnations and pinks belong (8) 8 Praise or Archbishop whose prayer book sparked 17th century riot in St Giles’ (4) 13 Part of the hearing organ outside the drum (8,3) 16 Continuous slide up and down between 2 notes (music) (9) 17 Night Prayer of the Church (8) 18 Most ungracefully thin and tall (8) 21 Desert where one’s prayer life might languish (4) 22 Person who habitually gets out of bed at a particular time in the morning (5) 24 Person born in Caledonia (4) 26 Official service book of C of E, largely unchanged since 1662 (initials) (1,1,1)
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Faith and Growth
Faith and Growth seeks to enhance the spiritual and theological awareness of the Cathedral congregations. At the beginning of the year some of us met to talk about our growth in faith through a study of Ephesians 4, considering how: “To each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up …until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Through the readings for the Sunday when we held our focus on Faith and Growth on 23 September, we considered the centrality of Christ and the cross to our growth in faith, and how to follow Him by serving others and encouraging them to grow. What are we doing, and what can we do, to work towards this, individually and collectively? Sometimes I think of Faith and Growth as a rainbow umbrella, sheltering, enabling and being supported by different activities that are going on, in and around the Cathedral. Here are some examples of activities you may have taken part in: Shared time for reflection at retreats and quiet days: after a retreat at Cumbrae earlier in the year, one of the participants wrote: “For the first time ever, I felt fully part of a group of people (of very different gifts and understandings) who were yet all one in the spirit of God. This group represented the Cathedral not only as a place of worship, but as a body of Christians who had come together for fellowship and to spread the Word.” Study together: e.g., house groups, Saturday morning Bible study, ecumenical Lent groups.
Themed talks or series of talks, e.g. God on Mondays, interfaith conversations. Groups with common purpose that meet regularly, e.g. Men’s Group, book group. There are many other things happening which further faith and growth – sermons; events organised by other Cathedral groups (e.g. PLV meetings on death & dying) or by the diocese (Adventures in Faith programme). The Faith and Growth committee would like to learn more about how members of the congregation wish to shape the future of Faith and Growth activity. What could we be doing to become somewhere where everyone feels at home and able to grow and grow in faith? If you were not able to come on 23 September but would like to contribute your ideas, please let us know your responses to the questions on the form overleaf. You should not feel that you have to answer every question. Please send your completed form to Helen Parker c/o the Cathedral office. To obtain an electronic version, please send an email to email@example.com
From the Registers
Baptisms Rory Andrew Forbes Tobias Benedict Edward Weild Oenone Penny Weild Kate Zhang Weddings Hazel Veitch and Peter Corry Heidi Maguire and Ross Denholm Erin Kirk and Barry Ritchie Funeral Doris Smith
Faith and Growth Questionnaire
Please do not feel that you have to answer every question. All feedback will be greatly appreciated. You can fill in this form, or put your answers on blank paper if you prefer. Once you have written everything you want to say, please hand in your form to Helen Parker c/o the Cathedral Office or email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org
What does growth mean to you in a faith context?
Is there anything happening in the Cathedral that particularly supports your spiritual growth?
What’s missing from the Cathedral’s current activities?
Where would you look for information about Faith and Growth activities? Any further comments? (Continue on extra paper if you wish.)
Thank you! Your responses will help to shape the future of Faith and Growth activity.
A Gathering for Syria
Tuesday 30th October 2012, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh 6pm-7pm A coming together of civic and faith communities: with music, readings and reflections to express shared support and hope for the people of Syria. This event is hosted by the Church of Scotland and supported by Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association and City of Edinburgh Council.
Edinburgh Nativity 2012
The Edinburgh Nativity will be performed again this year in Festival Square at 6pm on Thursday 6th December. They need actors and crew. You don’t need to be an experienced actor or stagehand – you’ll be shown what to do. Rehearsals will be held every Thursday at 7pm from 27th September at St Andrews and St Georges West, 58 Shandwick Place. Come along and be a Star! Last year’s Nativity was a great success and loads of fun.
COPPERS FOR IONA
It’s a while since I wrote to thank members of the congregation for
their continuing support of Bishop’s House on Iona by providing their collections of coppers – 1p and 2p pieces. I have recently been asked if I am still collecting so this is just to confirm that I am and will be happy to receive any contributions to pass on to Bishop’s House on behalf of the Friends. Coppers can be left in the Cathedral Office if I am not on hand to receive them. Many thanks for your support. Yvonne Mills Men's Group The Men’s Group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month, at 8pm in the Chapter House. More information from Adrian Tupper or the Cathedral Office. Men's Prayer Group We meet on the first Sunday of each month at 9am in Old Coates House. More information from Mike Sinclair.
The Book Group
We will be reading Aidan, Bede, Cuthbert: Three inspirational saints, by David Adam, on Tuesday 27 November at Peter Allen's flat, at 8pm. All are welcome. Please contact Mike Sinclair or the Cathedral Office for more information.
The Friends of St Mary’s Cathedral
ADVANCE NOTICE OF AGM The AGM of the Friends of St Mary’s Cathedral will be held on 11th November 2012 in the Chapter House at 2pm
13 'Thank you’ from Nicki McNelly A huge thank you to you all for the beautiful framed print of the Cathedral as a wonderful reminder of my time here. It has pride of place in my entrance hall and is the first thing people see as they enter the Rectory. Thank you also for the many cards and gifts I have received offering support and encouragement for my move, and to those who were able to travel to Oban and join me at my service of Installation; I was humbled to see so many of you. I had a fantastic evening and hope you did too. Much love, Nicki (Provost, St. John the Divine Cathedral, Oban) Photograph of Nicki taken at the Reception following her Installation Service in Oban
ADVANCE NOTICE! CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX COLLECTION
Our annual Christmas shoebox collection for young homeless people in Edinburgh will take place on Sunday 16th December 2012. Further details will be available in the November edition of Magnificat.
For the Remembrance of All Souls, 2nd November 2012, we will have Requiem Eucharists at 7.30am and 1.05pm and a Choral Requiem Eucharist at 5.30pm. If you would like a loved one remembered by name at one or more of the services, and/or if you wish to contribute to the cost of lilies (£2 per lily), please complete the adjacent form.
On All Souls Day
Please pray for the following: Name of departed Date/month of death
at the 7.30am (Please tick)
I enclose a donation of £ Signed: Date: Please return to Cathedral Office
Please note the next Fresh Start collection will be on Sunday 7 October 2012 in the Resurrection Chapel after the Service. Items needed are listed below. Should you wish to donate before this or at any other time, goods can be taken to:
Fresh Start 22-24 Ferry Road Drive Edinburgh EH4 4BR Telephone 0131 476 7741. Thank you. The Outreach Committee thank Alan Oxberry most sincerely for his support and willingness in delivering the congregation’s donations to Fresh Start in Ferry Road. He took over delivery first with Helen in 2002 and has continued to do the deliveries until now. Dishes and cutlery dinner plates mugs side plates tumblers pudding plates plastic boxes can openers forks, knives ash trays tea-towels storage jars Bed Linen & Towels sheets pillow cases bath towels hand towels blankets bed covers downies curtains rugs table lamps pictures music systems radios Pots & Pans soup pots frying pans milk pans kettles wooden spoons slotted spoons potato peelers sharp knives Cleaning things washing-up basins dust pans & brushes floor cloths light bulbs (60&100W) pot scourers toilet cleaner Flash sponges toothbrush washing-up cloths toothpaste pedal bin liners clothes line & pegs toilet rolls washing-up liquid washing powder toilet soap
Fresh Start collections are usually on the first Sunday of the month.
GARDENING NEWS Possibly there is no need for a gardening news bulletin since people can see how the garden is growing just by walking past. If you do, you will see that the garden is now beginning to develop with gaps gradually being filled by colourful shrubs and flowers. Bees and birds now visit regularly and occasional worms have been spotted which is all very encouraging. Work to keep it tidy has been done every week during the summer. The hoeing and weeding now take far less time and you will not be surprised to learn that this summer no watering whatsoever was required. The scaffolding has now crept along the length of the garden and the roses near the cross were moved for safety over to the rose garden in front of the Chapterhouse. They have settled in well to their new site and I hope will be joined by more roses there in the autumn. Once the work on the north side of the Cathedral has been completed and the scaffolding removed, it is hoped to re-turf the Memorial Garden which will enhance the whole area. We would be happy for more donations of herbaceous plants so if you are dividing plants in your own gardens and have some to spare, please bring them in a pot or bag, clearly labelled, to the Memorial Garden, and we will plant them. Harry Brown left for Bury St Edmunds earlier in the year and his post of Head Gardener has been vacant ever since. Do apply if you have a knowledge of plants and an interest in garden design. I am happy to do the labour but would greatly appreciate some expert advice. Elizabeth Mathison
Come and have fun and test your knowledge at a fundraising quiz and help people in the world’s poorest communities work their way out of poverty.
Friday 2nd November 2012, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Ravelston Church Hall, Belford Road, Edinburgh (same side as Dean Gallery)
Meet friends from the Cathedral and beyond for a couple of hours of fun If you wish, come with a ready-made team (4-6 people). Or just come along and join a team on the night – team members pool their knowledge to answer each question Enjoy a glass of Fairtrade wine or fruit juice Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! Bring any bottle (unopened!) on the night for the Tombola Donation to Christian Aid - suggested minimum £3 per person (under 12s free)
Teams/individuals should reply by Sunday 28th October if possible. Get in touch if you’d like to help decorate the hall, serve refreshments, add up the points, run the tombola or offer your organising experience. Contact Elaine Appleby via the Cathedral Office.
A crèche for babies and young children (up to age 3 or so) is available in the Chapter House on the first Sunday of each month. It is organised by parents who fancy the opportunity to take part in the service every now and again, free from worrying about whether their children are going to indulge in free-form hymn-singing, comment on the sermon, or decorate the west doors with hand prints. We will welcome children of regular members or visitors to the Cathedral on 7th October, 4th November and 2nd December. You can join us in the Chapter House before the service, get the wee ones settled with the toys there, go off to enjoy the service, and collect them just before communion. We'd also love to hear from anyone who'd like to help out from time to time, whether or not you have children of the target age! If you'd like to find out more, please get in touch with Katharine Blythe via the Cathedral Office.
Doors Open Day in the Song School
Many thanks to all those who contributed to the success of Doors Open Day in the Song School in September. We had 610 visitors over the weekend, and received £600 in donations and from sales of cards. We were given ‘excellent’ ratings in nearly all the feedback forms that visitors completed. Thanks also to the Choir for fitting in with our crowds of visitors!
The Cathedral Walkers
DO YOU LIKE TO WALK? DO YOU LIKE TO TALK? Why not join the Cathedral Walkers where we do both! We meet once a month on the first Thursday for a leisurely walk. In addition, if someone is willing to organise it, we go for a walk “out of working hours”. We use public transport in each direction – so don’t worry if you do not have access to a car.
Day Time Walk - Thursday 6th September “Six of us met to walk a few miles through Edinburgh along the course of the Braid Burn. The day was breezy so the shelter of the wooded sections was appreciated. Starting near Dreghorn barracks, we followed the burn through Colinton Mains and Oxgangs with views of moorhens on a brand new pond. Well known sections like Braidburn Park and the path through the Hermitage of Braid were followed by finding the burn again, dotted with pondweed flowers, in the middle of a small housing estate. We passed an old mill complete with mill wheel before the burn disappeared temporarily below Cameron Toll shopping Centre, reemerging in Inch Park where we had a picnic.” Liz Armitage. Saturday Hill Walk - 15th September “We got a glorious sunny day for this walk. Starting at Holyrood, we spiralled round Calton Hill by way of Regent Road Park with its interesting modern stone circle (appreciated by our geographer) and Royal Terrace Gardens before reaching the top of Calton Hill with its fine views. We descended by Jacob’s ladder before clambering up to Castle Hill by way of Princes Street Gardens.
After dropping down to the Grassmarket and up the Vennel we walked round the Meadows for a well-deserved and tasty lunch stop at the Engine Shed Café. Thus fortified we tackled Arthur’s seat by the zig-zag path to complete Alison’s first ever ascent. We then returned to our starting point by a slightly less precipitous route.” Liz Armitage.
Next Day Time Walk
This walk will be on Thursday 4th October and it will be two different waterside walks in Linlithgow, totally about 5.5 miles. Details are as follows: From the bus stop opposite the Cross in Linlithgow High Street we will walk up an incline past the station and then along the tow path of the Union Canal for about 1.5 miles before returning the same way back to the High Street. Then we will walk around Linlithgow Loch (2.5 miles) on a level path with only a few easy gradients at the end. After our walk we can opt to lunch either at one of the picnic tables on the Peel or at a local café before catching the bus home. Please bring waterproof clothing and wear sensible shoes/boots – but walking boots are not required. Most of the walking is on hard surfaces and grass but depending on the weather conditions a few short lengths of track might be slippery and muddy. As usual I will be sending details to everyone on my email list but newcomers always are welcome – please let me know if you would like to join us. John Spencer
Light a Candle for Trade Justice
Tilt the scales, O God of the mustard seed: That the poor shall see justice. Share the feast, O God of Eden’s abundant garden: That each crop may fetch a fair price. Upset the tables, O God of the upside-down Kingdom: That the least can benefit from their trade. Open our eyes, O God of life in all its fullness: That we may learn to walk the way of your Son tilting, sharing, upsetting this world Not satisfied until the products we bring to our table Give a better deal, to all who hunger for one. In His name, Amen. (www.fairtrade.org.uk)
Published by St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AW Tel: 0131-225 6293 Fax, 0131 225 3181 Web-site: www.cathedral.net Email: email@example.com A Scottish Charity: SC014741 If you or one of your family are sick or have gone into hospital, please let the Clergy know as soon as possible; and if you want them for any reason, please never hesitate to telephone. Please consult the Provost before any arrangements are made for Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals. We are always delighted to hear of boys and girls, men and women who:
Would like to be trained as Servers Would like to help with the Sunday Groups for children Would like to help with coffee in the Walpole Hall Would like to help as Stewards or at the Welcome Desk Would like to train as bell-ringers Are interested in helping with flowers Are thinking about doing some visiting Have some gifts they would like to offer to the Cathedral.
Copy date for November is 21 October 2012