Welcome to the August email newsletter of Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh. With a few very short items each month it will keep you up-to-date with news and developments. Comments and suggestions are always welcome using the link below.

Fr Ian 

Violence and Faith

How should the church respond to violence, even when it is directed against Christians? The recent brutal and barbaric acts of violence in different parts of the world, leaving so many dead and injured, have left us struggling with emotions like outrage, anger, sorrow and fear. But how should faith respond?

We could try stirring up in ourselves one of the gifts of the Spirit, which is Hope. Hope is different from optimism. Optimism is merely passive, expecting good to come, starting from somewhere else. But hope is active, working for good to come, starting from ourselves.

Hope in this situation means not giving in to fear of Muslims, to prejudice about immigrants, or to despair for the future. They are the easy answers of people without hope.

Hope is what makes Old Saint Paul's an ‘inclusive church,’ open towards all. The more we make this real for people, the more we reject the animosity and division that the terrorists want to provoke.
  • For more on this, see the August/September White Rose newsletter.
  • Join in Old Saint Paul’s prayer for Peace and Reconciliation at 12.20pm Mass each Friday.

Scottish Episcopalians at Edinburgh Pride 2016

The Rector and members from Old Saint Paul’s joined Scottish Episcopalians and several thousand others at Edinburgh Pride on Saturday 2 July. Prior to marching down the Royal Mile, victims of the Orlando attack, and all those affected by inequality and division in society were remembered.

Festival Service Music at Old Saint Paul's

This year's Festival music takes us on a voyage through centuries of creative devotion and praise. The feast begins on 14 August in the late Renaissance with Giovanni da Palestrina’s well-known Mass, Papae Marcelli, and Orlande de Lassus’s anthem Ave regina caelorum (“Hail, Queen of heaven”).

The following Sunday we are in 19th century Paris for the Messe, op. 36 of Charles-Marie Widor, and Camille Saint-Saëns’ anthem Ave verum corpus (“Hail, true Body”). Evensong takes us to Salzburg Cathedral in the late 18th century, for Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore (“Solemn Vespers of a confessor”).

28 August brings us firmly into the present with a day devoted to the works of Sir James MacMillan, including his ‘Westminster’ Mass.

Full details of all liturgical music can be found at

Hot Chocolate Concerts

Hot Chocolate at 10, our popular series of late-night Festival concerts, returns for an eighth season on 16 August. This year’s programme reflects an increasingly turbulent world, contrasting works of lamentation with two very different settings of Vespers.


One key performance, on 23 August, is Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Written while Messiaen was held in a German prisoner-of-war camp, the work was premiered there 75 years ago on 15 January 1941. The work is inspired by verses from the book of Revelation in which an angel visits the earth and time is no more.


Amidst a feast of chamber and choral music, two popular performances will be Mozart’s Solemn Vespers of a Confessor performed by our choir on 18 August, and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (the all-night vigil) performed by the Quodlibet Chorale on 26 August.


Concerts are as follows:
Tuesday 16 August – Russian chamber music plus
Wednesday17 August – Lament for souls and nations
Thursday 18 August – Mozart Vespers
Friday 19 August  Bach & Telemann: originals & arrangements
Tuesday 23 August – Apocalyptic Messiaen
Wednesday 24 August – As Darkness falls
Thursday 25 August – Late night baroque
Friday 26 August – Rachmaninoff Vespers

For further information, please see

Student on placement

Josh Askwith is on placement at Old Saint Paul's for the month of August, as part of his training for priesthood at Cranmer Hall, Durham. He will take part in the liturgy, spend time with members of the congregation, and get to know Old Saint Paul's as a church. We welcome him warmly.

Diary Dates

Monday 8 to Tuesday 16 August*
(not Sat 13)

2.30 pm Voices of Lions. Male voice choir from Hampton School, London. £8 (£6)

Wednesday 10 August*
8 pm Ae Spark o' Nature's Fire. Jillian Bain Christie (soprano) with Catherine Herriott (piano). Songs by Robert Burns, with arrangements by contemporary Scottish composers. £10 (£7)

Saturdays 13 and 20 August*
10 pm Fauré Requiem. St Andrew Camerata. £15 (£10)

Tuesday 16 to Friday 26 August*
(Tue-Fri only)
10 pm Hot Chocolate at 10. Late-night concerts of relaxing classical music. £8.50 (£6)

Sunday 21 August
2 pm Songlines. Edinburgh International Festival. Part of an all-day city-wide participation event capturing the joy and power of shared song. Free admission
Tickets for events marked * available from Fringe box office; otherwise at the door.

Services this Month

   Mass 8am
   High Mass 10:30am
   Evensong and Benediction 6:30pm

   Morning Prayer 8am

   Mass: 12:20pm

   Mass: 8am

   Mass: 12:20pm 
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