The “Kirking o’ the Tartans” will be celebrated at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services Sunday at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church.
The Tucson Highlanders, a pipe band dedicated to the music of the great Highland bagpipes and Scottish-style drumming, will head the procession to and from the church on that day.
Scottish and nae-Scottish parishioners and visitors are encouraged to wear their tartans to this service. They will be invited forward at the end of the service to have their tartans blessed.
Kirking o’ the Tartans is said to have originated during the 18th century, when the English rulers attempted to subdue rebellious Scottish people by prohibiting them from wearing tartans, symbols of their clans and family solidarity. Some hid wee bits of their tartans under their clothes and had them blessed at church.
However apocryphal this tale, St. Philip’s uses this occasion to celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Episcopal Church.
Sunday’s services also will be instructed music services, an opportunity to learn more about the music used in church services and how it is integral to worship. Spoken and printed explanations will be offered throughout the service, in place of a sermon.
The public is invited. Donations will be accepted.
St. Philip’s is at 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at East River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side. The office phone is 299-6421.