Saturday, 2 March 2013

Lenten Pilgrimage - 16

Today we are visiting the church of St John the Evangelist in Forres.

The Church was designed in 1841 by Patrick Wilson but very soon afterwards remodelled by Thomas Mackenzie in the Italian style, with its rose window, three - arch loggia at ground level and its impressive four-storey Tuscan Campanile.

Despite its deceiving appearance, it is one of the older buildings of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Scotland.

The most striking features of the interior of the Church are the three wall-sized murals. Two are by the artist Hole and dated 1906 and 1912 while the third is by Haswell Miller. It was created in 1936, after a design by Hole. The imposing mural behind the High Altar is of “The Last Supper” and that in the Baptistry is of Christ Blessing the Children.

Well, today is a real day of jubilation - it is my 60th birthday! Here is a photo I had taken a few days ago to mark the great day.

Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things hath done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mother's arms
hath blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever-joyful hearts
and bless├Ęd peace to cheer us;
and keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son, and Him who reigns
with them in highest heaven,
the one eternal God,
whom earth and heaven adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

Happy birthday to me!

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