April 2018

Welcome to The White Rose, the online newsletter of Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh. 

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Easter people

“Well that was Easter,” someone said to me, “all gone so fast.” Easter Sunday was glorious as always at OSP, and it is over for another year. Or not really, because Easter is not a one-day feast, it is a fifty-day season. 

One-day Easters are about the empty tomb and the incomprehension of the disciples in the garden. This is important, but it only scratches the surface of what the Resurrection is. So we need a season of fifty days, until Pentecost, to learn and reflect what it really means for us.

Because Resurrection is not just something that happened to Jesus, but something that happens to the world . It  announces a new reality.

This year, the whole of April is in Easter-tide, so that every Sunday has something different to show us about what this means for us. Being a Christian is about being an Easter person: seeing life, its good times and its bad, in the light of the Resurrection, and responding to it differently, with hope and generosity.

Happy Easter.
Fr Ian

Passiontide at Old Saint Paul's

This year's Procession of Palms along the Royal Mile
During Passiontide we walked with Jesus during his last week before his death. From the Procession of the Palms on Palm Sunday the liturgy continued through the rest of the service and into Holy Week, culminating with his last hours on Good Friday. 

This journey started by Jesus in his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey, and during Holy Week we remembered his last meal with his disciples, his betrayal, and his final hours on the cross.

Easter celebrations

Lenten veils were swapped for sprays of white lilies as Easter was celebrated with the usual feast of services at OSP: the 5am Easter Vigil, 8am Mass, 10:30am High Mass and 6:30pm Evensong and Benediction. Following the Vigil, the congregation breakfasted together. A small contingent scaled Calton Hill in brilliant sunshine to sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, much to the delight and confusion of those on their early morning run.  

To view a video of the hilltop rendition of the iconic piece, click here.

Diocese of Edinburgh: The Big Day

The Big Day, celebrating the shared life and faith of the Diocesan churches, takes place on Saturday 28 April from 10:30am to 2:30pm, with refreshments served from 10:00am. Hosted by Saint Mary's Cathedral, Palmerston Place, it will feature prayer and worship, a Eucharist, lunch and stalls from all the churches, including Old Saint Paul's.

For more information, visit the Diocese of Edinburgh website.

Finding family at Old Saint Paul's

Victoria Stock has recently produced an article for DIVA magazine, a magazine for gay and bisexual women. 

Victoria writes about Old Saint Paul's being a place of welcome, where all are loved and accepted. In particular, she speaks about her experiences of finding family at Old Saint Paul's, and the role the Church has played in supporting her to come out. 

The article has been reproduced by the Scottish Episcopal Church's online magazine,, and you can read it here.

Services during April

8.00am Mass
10:10am Sacrament of Healing (1st Sunday)
10.30am High Mass
6.30pm Evensong and Benediction

8.00am Morning Prayer
12.20pm Mass

8.00am Morning Prayer and Mass

8.00am Morning Prayer and Mass
1:10pm Mass
University Chaplaincy, Bristo Square

8.00am Morning Prayer and Mass

8.00am Morning Prayer
12.20pm Mass
Diary Dates.

Monday 16 April
Craft & Chatter.
Fortnightly meeting, 7-9pm in the church library for personal craft projects and socialising. Email for further details.

Saturday 21 April
Parish Walk.
East Calder to Broxburn.
Email for further details

Saturday 28 April
The Diocesan Big Day
10:30am - 2:30pm
St Mary's Cathedral, Palmerston Place

Monday 30 April
Craft & Chatter - see above.
It costs about £191,000 a year to run Old Saint Paul's, or about £3,675 every week. See Supporting OSP for more details. You can make a donation here.
If you are a regular giver, please consider giving by standing order and completing a Gift Aid declaration. 
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