Greyfriars and St. Mary’s is a linked charge of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. The church in Kirkcudbright dates back to Medieval times, and in Gatehouse of Fleet to 1840. We hope you will find in these pages welcome, inspiration and information.
Advent - Art, Drama, and Contrast
Even the church sometimes treats Advent, the season we are now in, as only a pale prelude until Christmas. This is far from what it is all about. The underlying theme is darkness into light, which is so DRAMATIC!
Nowhere is this idea more apparent than here, in an area famed for its light. The Kirkcudbright artists’ colony, which flourished in its heyday from 1850 to 1950 with such luminous names as E. A. Hornell and Jessie M. King and before them the famous Faed family of Gatehouse, were all inspired by the famous light and skies of this area where we are privileged to live. Many early mornings I observe a blood-red or pale orange sun, a tinge of pink, a bright almost royal blue, a silver grey, an ominous inky black spot - and yes the prospect of snowing white may not be too far away!
Advent like life itself is a season of contrasts. Beginning with a reminder of the return of Jesus Christ to earth someday, in love and judgment, we move through our Jewish heritage in the prophetic Old Testament, heralding the strange but enigmatic greatest prophet of them all, John the Baptist, and finally the announcement of the birth of the Saviour of the world. A life of faith also means we have contrasts; sadness and joy, despair and hope, darkness and light. For many people Christmas can be empty; just a welcome end of the commercial hype. Advent means a time to quietly prepare and to anticipate in holy expectancy.
Stephen D Hazlett
The Scottish Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, with 70 million members in 163 countries. It is the third largest Christian church in Scotland, and is in full communion with the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, and the Church in Wales. Our Christian belief is centred on the Holy Scriptures and the Sacraments of baptism and the Holy Communion. We live out these core beliefs through worship, prayer, and Christian living.
Both churches have an active role in our communities, sharing God’s love in ecumenical partnership with other churches. We give of our means and talents to the greater purpose of God’s work and the needs of our fellow humans locally, nationally, and internationally. We are listening churches, not just to those who attend our worship, but to all who find need of us, whether through baptism, marriage, illness or other pastoral needs, and bereavement. The Rector can be contacted at anytime.
Our congregations are enthusiastic, caring, and warm and hope you will be able to share with us as we celebrate our Christian life together.
May the Lord be with you, and may His peace be yours today and always.