Advent Day 3: St Andrew’s Day marked with Declaration and special services

St Andrew's Day, the third day of Advent this year, will be marked with the signing of a joint Declaration between the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church during a special service at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, which will also be live-streamed.

St Giles with saltire

The service will include Lord Wallace, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and Most Rev Mark Strange, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, officially endorsing the St Andrew Declaration on behalf of the two churches. You can watch the service on this page below from 4:30 pm.

The Declaration outlines a series of acknowledgments and commitments between the churches intended to deepen our relationship, and look at new ways of working together to serve the people of Scotland.

This year's General Assembly of the Church of Scotland voted to welcome the agreement, which was also then passed at the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church in June.

Rev Prof Canon Charlotte Methuen from the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Rev Sandy Horsburgh from the Church of Scotland will lead the service.

Rev Sandy Horsburgh, who is the Church of Scotland's Convener of the Ecumenical Relations Committee, said: "This is a genuinely exciting and important step forward for our two churches.

"We're celebrating the huge amount we hold in common, especially our common calling to minister to all the people of Scotland.

"And we're valuing and being enriched by the different strengths we are each bringing into this relationship.

"Working together, we will be more effective in mission and service and more faithful to the call of Christ."

A conference will be taking place during the day, which can also be viewed online from 11am.

Our common calling

Lord Wallace said: "I am delighted to be able to sign the Declaration on St Andrew's Day in person alongside our friends in the Scottish Episcopal Church as we celebrate the close-working relationship between our two churches.

"We look forward in faithfulness to continuing to strengthen the ties, which already have deep foundations, and exploring our common calling further."

The choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh will lead the music.

A separate service will also take place at St Cuthbert's Parish Church in Edinburgh at 2pm in conjunction with St Andrew's Scots Memorial Church in Jerusalem.

It will be led by Very Rev Martin Fair and Rev Muriel Pearson, Associate Minister of St Andrew's Jerusalem and Tiberias, who will expand on the links between Scotland and The Holy Land.

Take part online

St Andrew Declaration service:

St Andrew's Scots Memorial Church and St Cuthbert's service:

  • You can watch the service online from 2pm via YouTube. More information is available on the website of the Friends St Andrew's Scots Memorial Church in Jerusalem.

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