Sacred Spaces in Scotland - an Introduction

The St. Paul's choir, with orchestra, performed an Evensong Service on Sunday, June 26. To see the program and the impressive size of the organ click here. This Evensong was the last one to be performed before the choir spends a week in residence at St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. I will be accompanying the choir and then going on an additional ten day tour of what I am calling "Sacred Spaces in Scotland." The tour is a small one, just four of us, and will be led by the Rev. Peter Sills.

Please be aware that our Senior Minister, The Rev. Tommy Williams, is going to have his own musings about the Edinburgh trip on his "Summar Together" postings. You can check that out and take a virtural tour of St. Mary's Cathedral by clicking here. Tommy's Summer Offerings are worth following.

St. Paul's, Houston

St. Paul's, Houston

Peter Sills over the years has been to St. Paul's to speak twice and during these times has become a much beloved figure. He is an authority on the Rule of Benedict and has led over 25 pilgrimages to Sacred Spaces all over the world.

After Edinburgh, our itinerary includes Stirling and Blair Atholl, Inverness to Ullapool, to Summer Isles, north to Assynt, Inverewe Gardens, Broadford, Isle of Skye, Fort William, a visit to Glen Nevis and Hill House ending at Glasgow Cathedral before returning to Houston.

It is my intention to write about our experiences and to post photos of the places we visit similar to the pilgrimage trip we made a few years ago traveling from Le Puy-en-Velay, France - the start of the original pilgrimage - and ending in Santiago, Spain.

Because of the familiarity people at St. Paul's have with Peter, many followed us along on that trip. I hope the same occurs this time.

St. Paul's Choir At Evensong

St. Paul's Choir At Evensong

One of the ways I am preparing for this trip is by reading "How the Scots Invented The Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It" by Arthur Herman.

It is technically complicated to do these postings from Europe. So, as before, I will gratefully rely on my friend Wayne Herbert who will take my texts and photos and post them to this site.

I'm looking forward to this experience and invite you to join me on this journey.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley