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St Michael’s and All Saints’ celebrate 150 years

St Michael's and All Saint's celebrate their 150th Anniversary

On Sunday 25th June, St Michael’s and All Saints’ celebrate the 150th anniversary of the consecration of their church building.

With a brass ensemble, a hog roast and Bishop John preaching, the day is set to be as splendid as a once-in-150-years event should be!

Please join us as Bishop John celebrates festival High Mass at 11.00am, with a brass ensemble and percussion to accompany the Mass setting and Anthem, and music from Bruckner, Hassler, Stanford, Parry and Mendelssohn! The service will be followed by a splendid lunch – two members of the congregation have donated a hog roast barbecue with salads, and other folk are bringing cakes. Former members of the congregation are returning to join the celebrations, along with invited guests, and everyone at St Michael’s and All Saints’ would love you to join in too.

Feel free just to turn up on the day but, if you can, it would help the organisers if you could say you’re coming via the Facebook event.

The celebration service is the final act of a programme of events that have been happening over the last few weeks:

  • On 24th May, Philip Redfern, St Michael’s and All Saints’ very own choirmaster, discussed the ways in which congregations, as well as choirs, make music together in church;
  • On 31st May, Dr Juliette Macdonald, a design historian, and Dr Jessamy Kelly, a practicing glass artist, both from the School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art, shared their experiences with the luminous, intoxicating material of stained glass, and the stories it can tell;
  • On 7th June, Simon Green, a member of the congregation and an architectural historian working at Historic Environment Scotland, told the story of St Michael’s, and how we can still find it in the church today;
  • On 14th June, Lindy Richardson, Head of Textiles at Edinburgh College of Art with a particular interest in embroidery, shared the shrouds she has made for some of the more improbable saints in the canon, telling the stories of St Lucy and St Ursula along the way.