Celebrating 150 years of Worship at the Cathedral- 1869 to 2019


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On Sunday 1st September 2019, exactly 150 years to the day, the Cathedral in Inverness, St. Andrew’s, marked the anniversary with a celebration of Choral Evensong at 1500 in the cathedral. Choral Evensong was sung by the Cathedral Choir with special music to include, One thing have I desired of the Lord by Gordon Tocher, the Cathedral organist with the Responses by Smith and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis  in Ab by Harwood and to complete the choral music the Anthem is Blessed city, heavenly Salem by Bairstow. The service also included one of the hymns that was sung at the very first Evensong in the Cathedral 150 years ago. A sermon was preached by the Most Revd Mark J Strange, the Bishop of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness and the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. People and clergy from congregations across the Diocese along with the Cathedral congregation and the Cathedral Chapter were joined by the city Provost Councillor Helen Carmichael, other representatives of the Council and representatives of the Lord Lieutenants as well as others representing local businesses and schools.

In eyewitness accounts of the services on 1st September in 1869 it was recorded that over 1200 people filled the cathedral for the momentous occasion.

In addition to this service other events will take place throughout the year to mark the 150th Anniversary. A talk on the architect Alexander Ross on Saturday 7th September by Calum Maclead, Conservation Architect of MAAC Studios took place and we intend to offer this talk later on in the year. The Cathedral participated in Doors Open Day and the Bell Tower was open as part of Doors Open Day. There is an Exhibition in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral. Later on in the year we will be continuing with the Celebrations with a Celebration Family Ceilidh in the Cathedral; a special Community Carol Service and Christmas Tree Festival.

We shall also be launching our Volunteer & Staff Awards and this will take place at a special Thanksgiving Service for our volunteers and Cathedral Staff.