Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

Scottish tradition inspires worship

An unusual type of worship service will take place at Tehachapi Community Congregational Church, 100 E. "E" St., on Sunday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m. It is called Kirkin' 'o the Tartans and has evolved from a mid 18th century event when Scotland had been defeated in the Jacobite rebellion. At that time, the wearing of the tartan, the playing of the bagpipes, and the bearing of arms were all outlawed by the Hanovarian English government.

On Sunday mornings at church, during the years when these bans were enforced, the Scots would secretly carry a small piece of their clan's tartan to church in their pockets. When the minister ended the worship service with a benediction, they believed the tartan was blessed and God's favor was bestowed upon the Scottish people.

Today the service celebrates persistence, independence, survival and peace among neighbors. Bagpipes are used in the worship service, and those of Scottish descent may wish to wear their tartan. Non-Scots may wish to bring a piece of fabric or a small family memento.

The service will also include remembering those who have died during the past year. Names of loved ones will be recalled and bagpipes will play a lament as a tribute to them.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the church at 822-4443.

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