Friday, 25 March 2011

Edinburgh Castle - 17

From our Lenten prison cell, it is good to remind ourselves of how the other half live! The pleasing Georgian residence halfway up the hill from Mills Mount Battery was built in 1742 for the castle governor. Lodgings for his principal staff officers, the master gunner and storekeeper, were provided in the two wings. After the post of governor was abolished in 1860, nursing sisters from the castle hospital used the building. Today, it serves as an officer's mess and residence for the governor, a Crown appointment restored for purely ceremonial purposes in 1935.

He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”

“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
(Mark 4:21-25)

It is time for our hymn - and today we will sing the Song of Mary.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age to same;
his holy Name--the Lord, the Mighty One.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children's children and for evermore!

Well, on this glorious festival day I have one more surprise for you! You are going to see what it would be like to be received like royalty at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo!

Private coach transfer and VIP access to the Castle esplanade, bypassing the queue
Drinks reception on the Castle battlements
A three course dinner with fine wines, followed by coffee, all served in the private rooms of the Castle Gatehouse
Emerge from the Castle Drawbridge and be escorted across the Castle Esplanade just before the start of the performance
VIP seat in the Tattoo Guest Box for the duration of the performance
The services of a Tattoo hospitality host
Complimentary copy of the official souvenir programme
Tattoo gift bag
An invitation to the Producer's post-show drinks and canapé reception

Price - £382 per person (plus VAT).

Happy Feast!

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