Prayer on the Occasion of the Unveiling of a Memorial to the Covenanters

Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh

St Andrew’s Day 2007


In this place, O Lord, people suffered for their faith.

And in the killing times in Scotland,

our nation’s story mocked the sovereign will of the Prince of Peace.

No generation,

No movement,

No party,

Has ever fully understood or been faithful to your inscrutable purpose, O Lord.

But yet, the groanings and travailings,

The clashings and eruptions of the human struggle

Reveal something of the desire of humanity

To find wholeness, truth and renewed communion

With the centre and soul of the Universe.

As we remember today, therefore, the story of this place

And particularly the dark place of the Covenanter’s Prison

In the unfolding story of our Nation,

May we have the grace and insight

To discover how your hand might have been at work in these events.

Forgive our unwarranted certainties,

Our mistaking of kingly power

for the utterly alternative authority of Christ’s Cross

and our elevation of doctrine over grace.

And give us on this St Andrew’s Day

Something of the humility and restraint of your apostle Andrew,

Who sought no prominence for himself or his opinions,

But who saw how he could best serve his Lord in humility,

Imaginative thinking

And true humbleness of heart.

In this way, may our Nation honour the past,

Honour the saints and martyrs of honest faithfulness,

And most of all, honour the Lord and maker of all:

The Prince of Peace, whose prophet has told us mortals

What is good and what the Lord requires of us:

“only to do justice, to love kindness and mercy,

and to walk humbly with our God”.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Richard Frazer, St Andrew’s Day, 2007.


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