Sunday, November 17 The St. Andrews Episcopal Church is celebrating their second annual “Kirkin’ O’ The Tartans.” If you’re anything like me, right now you’re thinking, “whatin’ of the what?” The Kirkin’ O’ The Tartans is the annual event that the church hosts to celebrate their namesake, St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
I did my research for the article and came to find that the pattern that we usually think of as plaid is referred to as “tartan” in Scotland. Kilts are primarily made with a tartan pattern and they are the featured attire for the event!
Examples of tartan patterns
Mr. Andrew Modrall made me aware of the event and I asked him to provide some history on the celebration and what will be offered at St. Andrews Church?
Mr. Modrall explained, “The history of the event dates back to the 1700’s when the English outlawed the wearing of clan tartans by the Highlanders in Scotland. Members of different clans would bring a swatch of their tartan with them to church, invisible to the public, in defiance of their English masters.” He continued, “In addition to bagpipe music and singing, this event at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, includes a roll call of the Clans. As a reader calls out the clan names, members of the congregation stand to demonstrate their membership in their ancestral clan. For those without a clan affiliation, the final name called is Clan Dhia, which means: All the Children of God.
It is quite a departure from a normal Sunday morning church service, and lots of fun.
The public is invited. St. Andrews is a beautiful church. If you have never been inside, here is your chance!”
To kick off the Kirkin’ O’ The Tartans a procession will form at the Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge at 3:30 pm and a parade will march to St. Andrews Church (kilts are not mandatory, but strongly encouraged!) The service begins at the church at 4 o’clock and will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall where there will be demonstrations of Scottish dancing, Scottish food and drink.
For more information you are encouraged to contact Father Jeff Queen at St. Andrews Church at 441-1092 and be sure to be on the lookout for a jovial mob of Episcopalians on November 17 marching through town proudly displaying their tartan kilts!