In our Eucharist today, we celebrate the Feast of The Bonnie Prince - Christ our anointed King, who overcame suffering and death and so brought us out of darkness into his kingdom of light.
The permission to depict The Bonnie Prince in the Royal Stuart tartan was graciously accorded by the Earl of Moray. The portrait was commissioned by the Transalpine Redemptorists who live on Papa Stronsay and was skilfully painted by the Catholic artist Mr. Anthony VanArsdale.
Here is a lovely meditation by the Transalpine Redemptorists:
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings, The Bonnie Prince, blesses you from the Stone of Destiny, the crowning place of kings. He wears the Royal tartan and His holy person is framed by the ancient Banner. Jesus is The Bonnie Prince; the Fairest of the Children of men; of Whose kingdom there shall be no end. As your Infant King He seeks to win your heart to Himself. Look upon his wounded hands and little feet. Behold His Heart that has loved you so much. Stand beneath His banner, worship Him as God and do Him homage. By Homage you declare that: He is your Lord; you are His servant and friend; and you promise to remain with Him in loyalty, love and perpetual fidelity.
All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine,
didst yield the glory that of right was thine,
that in our troubled hearts thy grace might shine:
Thou cam'st to us in lowliness of thought;
by thee the outcast and the poor were sought,
and by thy death was God's salvation wrought:
Let this mind be in us which was in thee,
who wast a servant that we might be free,
humbling thyself to death on Calvary:
Wherefore, by God's eternal purpose
thou, art high exalted, o'er all creatures now,
and given the name to which all knees shall bow:
Let every tongue confess with one accord
in heaven and earth that Jesus Christ is Lord;
and God eternal be by all adored: