• Rev. Caroline

Lighting a candle

The Church of Scotland has joined with other religious groups across the country to sign a letter commending the Call for a National Day of Prayer in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Signatories include the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Free Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Congregational Federation in Scotland, the Salvation Army, the Church of the Nazarene, and Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Taking place on Sunday 22 March, people of faith are being encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm.

The letter asks that we "join in prayerful solidarity with this witness", describing the candle as "a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life."

Around 6.50 this evening, I collected a couple of candles and a box of matches so that I could take part in this act of hope and faith.

In one of our back-facing windows, I lit a plain white candle. I was surprised how much light it shed, even though it wasn’t entirely dark outside.

In a front-facing window, I made a bit more effort: placing a red Advent candle between a Celtic cross from the isle of Iona, which is a reminder of the early beginnings of Christianity in Scotland, and a vase of daffodils, which are a sign of Spring and associated in my mind at least with Easter.

The red candle is the one I lit in the garden of Meadowside St Paul’s at our St Andrew’s Day Advent Adventure. I took it home and used it as an Advent candle (it was left over from a box of five some years ago). It seemed particularly appropriate to light it this evening, with Andrew being the patron saint of Scotland as well as one of the twelve disciples.

(Now that I’m writing this post, I’ve moved it to the room where I’m working, for safety.)

For the foreseeable future I won’t be able to report on the two churches’ normal activities but I hope to keep writing nevertheless. We will not be idle in the face of so much need in our parishes and local communities.

What exactly I will be writing about remains to be seen…

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