More than forty parishioners, travelled to Ormiston, East Lothian, on Sunday 1st June to celebrate Mass with Fr Peter under the Great Yew.   Thought to be as much a thousand years old, the branches of this huge tree form a hollow so that, making your way in through a passage in the foliage, you emerge into a spacious inner chamber – a kind of natural cathedral – and a wonderful place to celebrate the Eucharist!

mass under the tree homily

After Mass, Neil McGregor led us on a short tour of the local area, before we headed off to Gifford for a picnic lunch, stopping off to visit the Glenkinchie Distillery, since it was on the way!  In the afternoon we visited the church at Preston and finished our trip at Haddington, where we saw St Mary’s Church and heard how John Knox, in his early, Catholic days, practised in the town as a family lawyer.  A refreshing cup of tea by the riverside rounded off the day nicely.  Many thanks to Neil for all the knowledge, research and planning he put into the day.   [Photo: Lilian Lee]