Tuesday 14 September 2010
CARDINAL O BRIEN TO RECIEVE SCOTTISH YOUTH CROSS
AT ONE OF COUNTRY'S MOST HISTORIC CHRISTIAN SITES.
¢ 1730, ST PATRICKS CHURCH, COWGATE, EDINBURGH
¢ 1830 THE ESPLANADE, EDINBURGH CASTLE
¢ 1845 APPROX, ST MARGARET S CHAPEL, EDINBURGH CASTLE
Cardinal Keith Patrick O Brien will this evening bless then receive a new
Youth Cross presented to him by the young Catholic people of Scotland.
The Scottish Youth Cross will be carried in procession by young people and
youth workers of the Catholic Church. The Cross will be blessed at 5:30pm
in St Patrick's Church in Edinburgh s Cowgate by Cardinal Keith O'Brien,
who has been President of Catholic Youth Service Scotland for all of its
At 6.30pm, the procession will be carried from the Esplanade of Edinburgh
Castle towards its destination of St Margaret s Chapel. The chapel is the
oldest part of the Castle and is believed to have been a place of prayer
for Saint Margaret, the 11th century Queen of Scots and patroness of
The procession will be deliberately small and quiet in tone. In the
Christian calendar, today is the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, a day
for reflecting upon the triumph of Christ s cross over sin and death.
At approximately 6.45pm, the young people will be met outside the chapel
by Cardinal Keith Patrick O Brien and the First Minister, the Rt Hon Alex
Salmond MSP. There will then follow a prayer service in the Chapel. This
will be a simple ceremony featuring a welcome by Cardinal O'Brien, a
reading from Holy Scripture read by the First Minister. There then follows
a brief talk by the Cardinal along with some prayers by young people.
The service will then be followed by a reception hosted by the First
Minister at the castle s Great Hall. The reception aims to highlight the
Catholic Church s historic role in shaping our nation and its continuing
contribution to society.
The First Minister will also pay tribute to individuals and agencies
working to ensure the success of the Pope s visit to Scotland this
Thursday “ many represented among some 150 guests at tonight s event “
which was also addressed by the leader of Scotland s Catholics, the
Archbishop of Edinburgh & St Andrews Cardinal Keith O Brien
The First Minister will unveil a gift for Pope Benedict “ a Celtic-style
sandstone block inlaid with granite from St Ninian s Cave in
Dumfriesshire, south-west Scotland, and with a Cross in the style of the
Whithorn Stones which were carved by Scotland s early Christians. Thursday
is the Feast Day of St Ninian, Scotland s first Christian bishop and
Cardinal O Brien says;
"This ceremony will be a special milestone on the journey made by the World Youth Day cross on its way to the World Youth Day in Madrid next year."
"I am extremely grateful to the people of Scotland and the Scottish Government for the outstanding support they have given to the Catholic Church in the planning for the Papal visit. I am particularly grateful to the First minister and the leaders of all of Scotland's political parties for their enthusiastic support of the launch of the St. Ninian's Day Tartan and for the way they have engaged so willingly with this visit."
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
0141 221 1168
Chris Docherty, Catholic Youth Service Scotland, 0780 7974560.
Peter Kearney, Scottish Catholic Media Office, 07968122291