32 parishioners joined Father Peter to celebrate Mass on the Mountain on Sunday 24th June. Setting out in the morning from Lauriston Street – with a bit of carefully-planned car-sharing – we travelled to St Mary’s Loch in the Borders, and ascended the hill to St Mary’s Kirkyard, where the ruins of the ancient parish church stand, to celebrate Mass together in the open air, overlooking the beautiful loch, having paused halfway up to take in the First Reading.
Our prayers for dry conditions were answered – about twenty minutes after the Mass had finished!
We went on to enjoy a picnic lunch by the lochside at Tibby Shiels, including a visit to the statue of James Hogg, the “Ettrick Shepherd”. After lunch we got to skim a few stones on the Megget Reservoir and stopped at Dalhousie Castle on the way home, where we saw their wonderful collection of birds of prey – including a Golden Eagle – at close quarters.
Thanks to all those who provided their cars for this adventure, and especially to Neil McGregor who put so much thought into planning the route and guiding us through the many points of interest.