About thirty parishioners travelled to Priestlaw Hill, overlooking the Whiteadder Reservoir in the Lammermuir Hills, for our second Mass on the Mountain of the summer on Sunday 23rd September. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and travelling by car and minubus, we stopped off in the beautiful village of Gifford on the way there and heard something of the local history.
Arriving at the Whiteadder Reservoir, we gathered at the water’s edge for the first reading, psalm and second reading, and had time to absorb and reflect on these readings and even discuss them as we ascended the hill.
Then, congregating in the ruin of an old house, overlooking the reservoir, we heard the gospel, homily, and made prayers of intercession before proceeding with the liturgy of the Eucharist.
After the Mass, we broke out our packed lunches and shared the food around before heading back down the hill.
On our return journey we made a stop at Nunraw Abbey, visited the chapel, and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the gardens in the late afternoon sun before making our way back to Edinburgh.
Special thanks to Neil MacGregor for all the work he put into organising what was a beautiful and enjoyable day.
(And thanks to Ana Maria Armbrecht for the pictures).