St Andrews Cathedral – 1318 to 2018

This summer marks the 700th anniversary of the consecration of St Andrews Cathedral in Fife. During the Middle Ages, St Andrews Cathedral was the largest and most important church in Scotland. The Cathedral was officially consecrated, or blessed, on 5 July 1318, in the presence of King Robert the Bruce. This occasion in many ways acted as the Cathedral’s ‘opening ceremony’, and was a great national event attended by seven bishops and the leading nobles of Scotland. To commemorate this major anniversary in the history of St Andrews and Scotland there will be a series of events held in June and July 2018.

 

Aerial View of St Andrews Cathedral (Open Virtual Worlds, University of St Andrews).

 

Saturday 30 June

‘The Story of St Andrews Cathedral’ – 700th Anniversary Historical Pageant.

2pm to 4pm.

For more details and to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-story-of-st-andrews-cathedral-historical-pageant-tickets-47208065595

 

Sunday 1 July

University of St Andrews Thanksgiving Service – Including Commemoration of the 700th Anniversary of St Andrews Cathedral.

11am, St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews.

All welcome. For more information about St Salvator’s Chapel see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/community/worship/

 

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‘An Exceptional and Prestigious Church’ – A Walk Celebrating 700 Years of St Andrews Cathedral, led by Dr Bess Rhodes in collaboration with Fife Pilgrim Way.

2pm to 4pm. Walk begins in front of St Andrews Museum, Kinburn Park, St Andrews.

For more details and to book: http://fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk/Events_18.html

 

Wednesday 4 July

Show and Tell of Manuscripts Associated with St Andrews Cathedral – Public Event by University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections Division.

2pm, Special Collections Napier Reading Room, Martyrs Kirk, St Andrews.

For more details and to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/show-and-tell-of-manuscripts-associated-with-st-andrews-cathedral-tickets-46758936237

 

Thursday 5 July

Pilgrimage in Honour of Our Lady and St Andrew, Commemorating the 700th Anniversary of the Consecration of St Andrews Cathedral – Organised by New Dawn Conference.

Procession gathers at 10.45am at St James’s Church, and proceeds to St Andrews Cathedral, where an Open Air Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am.

All welcome. More details available at: http://www.newdawninscotland.com/

 

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Service to Commemorate the 700th Anniversary of St Andrews Cathedral – Organised by All Saints Church.

3pm in St Andrews Cathedral.

All welcome. For more details contact All Saints Church: http://www.allsaints-standrews.org.uk/contact/

 

Sunday 8 July

Act of Remembrance and Sung Eucharist – Organised by All Saints Church.

Remembrance begins 9.40am at St Andrews Cathedral, and is followed by a sung service at 10am at All Saints Church, St Andrews.

All welcome. For more details contact All Saints Church: http://www.allsaints-standrews.org.uk/contact/

 

Exhibitions

April – June 2018

Exhibit on the Consecration of St Andrews Cathedral.

At Museum of the University of St Andrews: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/

 

Throughout 2018

Digital Reconstruction of St Andrews Cathedral, c.1318.

At St Andrews Cathedral Museum, Historic Environment Scotland: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/st-andrews-cathedral/

 

Reconstruction of St Andrews Cathedral, c.1318 (Open Virtual Worlds, University of St Andrews).