Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Beauly Priory - 14

The head of the procession is in sight and the piper has started to play. In addition to being the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, tonight is also Burns Night and bagpipes will be heard in almost every town and village of Scotland.

The highlight of the Burns Supper is the piping in of the haggis. This custom is not only observed in Scotland, indeed it is even observed in Rome. We know that Pope Benedict XVI was served haggis, neaps and tatties for lunch when he was in Edinburgh on Thursday 16 September 2010 - though we do not know what he thought of it! I doubt whether a Burns Supper is held within the walls of the Vatican, but I am sure some high ranking Vatican official was present at the supper shown below.

Happy Feast!

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