Historic Scottish-American Event Celebrated in Aberdeen

Have you ever been in our Cathedral in Aberdeen and looked up at the ceiling?   Here is your chance to learn a bit of history!  The Ornate crests that decorate the ceiling are of the American States 

Have a look at the Cathedral’s website  St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral . It’s a reminder of the critical role the Scottish Episcopal Church played in laying the groundwork for global Anglicanism when  Samuel Seabury came from America to the British Isles in 1784 to be consecrated as its first bishop.

Faced with an unworkable condition from the Church of England calling for Seabury to swear allegiance to the crown, he travelled to Aberdeen where three Scottish bishops agreed to consecrate him.

More than 230 years later, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry arrived in Aberdeen for a four-day visit to Scotland to recognize the importance of that significant moment in history and to celebrate the partnership that has flourished between the two provinces ever since.  Below is a photographs of Bishop Mark and Bishop Michael with the chair in which Samuel Seabury sat when he was consecrated as bishop.  That chair is now housed at Holy Trinity Church in Keith (I don’t know why it came to be there – something to investigate!)      Click on this link to see the the special service held in Aberdeen this last weekend, it includes videos of the service:- http://tinyurl.com/y98ju98k