Redeemer blesses Scottish tartans during Evensong
The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota, invites the community to a special “Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan” Solemn Evensong on Sun., Feb. 17, at 5:15 p.m., which will include performance by the City of Sarasota Pipe Band. The Evensong Anthem will be "Highland Cathedral," presented with choir, organ and bagpipes; music for the Service will be by T. Tertius Noble.
Scots of the St. Andrew Society of Sarasota, dressed in full Scottish regalia, will bring forward their clan tartan banners to be blessed at the altar. The Kirkin’ tradition dates back to the 18th century, when the English prohibited the public display of tartans and Scots began to secretly bring pieces of them to church to be blessed.
A catered parish dinner with British fare will follow in the church's Gillespie Hall — named after the "Father of Sarasota," John Hamilton Gillespie, who came to Sarasota in 1886 and subsequently helped found Redeemer and was one of its earliest parishioners. The buffet-style dinner will offer meat pies, several side dishes and bread pudding dessert. The Pipe Band will perform again for dinner guests.
Tickets for the dinner are $10 and must be purchased in advance by calling or visiting the Parish Office (941-955-4263); the deadline for ticket purchase is Fri., Feb. 15.
The Church of the Redeemer is located at 222 S. Palm Ave., in the heart of downtown Sarasota. For more information, visit redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.