‘Today we are all Scotts! We are united in our faith…’
posted on July 24th, 2016
In an article on the Web, accredited to Wheaton Patch, one finds this (abridged – cn) explanation of the background to the Kirking of the Tartan Service:
“The Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans is a celebration of Presbyterian roots, going back to the Scottish Reformation of the 16th century. At that time the Scottish people expressed their family heritage by the wearing of a specific plaid cloth known as a clan tartan. Unfortunately, as time went on, the freedoms of this Reformation were eroded by the Act of Proscription of 1746. This law forbade Scottish worshippers from wearing their tartan plaids because the British Authorities believed it promoted too much of a sense of identity for the Scottish people and the Scottish Church. In defiance of this order, Presbyterians cut small patches of their tartans and concealed them as they went to the church (in Scotland, the church was called “the Kirk”) Thus the emergence of the phrase “The Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans”, which means bringing tartans into the church to represent the identity of the Scottish Reformation, the heritage of the Faith.”
While it is good – and right – that we remember our heritage, our greatest joy and gratitude should forever be in God! We will forever thank our Lord for His love and forgiveness, His death and resurrection, and for the faultless guidance of His Word in our lives: there is no secrecy to God’s love, and His blessings are not some commodity which can be smuggled or peddled among people. By grace alone through faith alone all who put their trust in God are saved. How wonderful that now so many heritages have come together in this one, true faith! Our true heritage, is God’s love for all who feel His stirring in their hearts!