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Kirkin' O' The Tartan Will Take Place Oct. 15 At Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian - Brevard, NC

 

October 12, 2017

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Debby and Brent West at the Kirkin' in 2016.

Heralded by the stirring music of the Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums, the much-loved annual Kirkin' o' the Tartan service will be celebrated at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dr. Keith Thompson will preside at both Kirkin' services.

The colorful opening procession of the Kirkin' will be led by church member Tom Smith, serving as honorary Beadle and carrying the Bible. Next in the procession will be the Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums, playing a rousing march led by Pipe Major Joe Bailey. Finally, 60 large tartan banners representing Highland clans of Scotland will be carried into the sanctuary by church members, many carrying the tartan of their ancestral clan.

All of the music chosen for the Kirkin' o' the Tartan has Celtic roots. The Chancel Choir, directed by Dr. Charlie Steele, will sing "The King of Love My Shepherd Is" accompanied by Jillionna Bailey, harpist, and flutist Sandra Eastman. Bailey and Eastman will also provide music before the service begins.

The Kirkin' o' the Tartan service honors the Scots foundation of the Presbyt-erian Church, and has been celebrated at B-DRPC since 2005. But the Kirkin' tradition is more than 200 years old, dating to the mid-1700s. Following the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie by the English in 1745, Scots Highlanders were forbidden by the Crown to wear clothing made from their unique clan tartans. Legend tells us that the proud clansmen hid scraps of their tartans in their pockets and brought them to church ("kirk") where the minister hastily blessed them.

The first Kirkin' service in the United States was held by the Rev. Peter Marshall in April 1941 at New York Presbyterian Church, Washington, D. C. Since then many Presbyterian churches, as well as other denominations, have adopted the Kirkin' o' the Tartan ceremony as a tribute to the Scots ancestry of more than 20 million Americans.

The Kirkin' o' the Tartan at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. is open to everyone in the community.

 
 

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