Relayed from The Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Biggar
Order of Service
Paraphrase No. 30, Come, let us to the Lord our God (Tune, Kilmarnock)
Hymn, 0 God, Thou art my God alone
(Rv. C. H. 473) (Tune, Wainwright)
Hymn, Lift up your heads, ye gates of brass (Rv. C. H. 385) (Tune,
Address by the Rev. DAVID S.
Hymn, The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended (Rv. C. H. 289) (Tune, Radford)
Organist, FRED STEPHEN
The hillside to the north of Biggar, where the present church stands, has associations with the dawn of Christianity in Scotland. St. Kentigern preached here on his mission to the uplands of Tweed and Clyde, and here, on the way between the holy islands of Iona and Lindisfarne, there was for five hundred years a resting-place for pilgrims and a sanctuary of the Celtic Church.
St. Mary's was the last collegiate church to be completed in Scotland before the Reformation. It was founded in 1545 by Malcolm, Lord Fleming, Baron of Biggar, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland, in honour of the Blessed Virgin and supported a provost, eight canons, and four singing boys. The style of architecture is late Gothic with a blend of Norman.