A Prayer for Our Beloved Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Royal Dockyard Chapel in Pembroke Dock, Wales.

Almighty and eternal God,
you uphold and govern all things
both in heaven and on earth,
and by your grace alone kings and queens do reign.

We thank you for all the blessings which you have bestowed upon us through our late sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth, whom you have called from this life today.

We thank you for the wisdom of her guidance and her love of peace, for the care and devotion with which she served her people, for the example of her gracious life.

We pray that you would fill our hearts with gratitude for all these good things, and give us grace that we may use the memory of them as a perpetual call to live according to your will, for the good of all the world, and the glory of your great name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Another Crask First

+Mark with Matthew (and his wee friend)

Saturday was ‘Friends Day’ at The Crask. It started with a Eucharist during which +Mark Confirmed Matthew, who had apparently been dodging it for about 20 years:-).

The service was as always followed by lots of good food and fellowship. Thank you +Mark and of course Douglas and Denise.


Friends arrived in a variety of vehicles!!

This month’s Thursday Service will be on September 15th at Noon and after lunch, to mark the Season of Creation, there will be a service of Stations of Creation around the grounds.

All are very welcome.

The Spirit of Ukraine!

Earlier this week we were delighted to welcome Oleksii and Igor to St Finnbarr’s Dornoch. Our Ukrainian friends have been regular visitors, performing the most wonderful concerts for us – with a wide variety of music all played on the accordion! Oleksii and Igor were granted special visas to leave Ukraine and enter the UK in order to continue the vital work they do in raising money for the mother’s of Chernobyl (and this year for wider causes supporting the children of Ukraine). Given the ongoing occupation and invasion of Ukraine, the event held a special poignancy for us all. We describe the performance as an act of defiance, showing that the spirit of the people of Ukraine will not be destroyed! The photograph above shows our audience applauding that spirit!

God Bless you Aleksi and Igor as you and your country continue the struggle!

Transfiguration Activity Day

On August 6th our young episcopalians celebrated The Transfiguration with a day full of crafts, games, den building and other activities at St Trolla’s Church at The Crask Inn. We learned about the story of The Transfiguration of Jesus and explored what the story was saying about Him. Special thanks to Beatrice, Elizabeth and Peter who came along to help us. Take a look at the gallery below to see what we got up to!

Rest ye awhile

Today we added another outdoor seat at St Andrew’s, set into the bank behind the church. We are installing a number of seats around the grounds so that people passing by can sit and rest and reflect on the world. What was it Pooh said “Sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit“?

Today is also the 102nd birthday of St Andrew’s member Barbara Rae – Happy Birthday Barbara.

Barbara on her 100th Birthday

Crask Newsletter – July 2022

The last Crask Newsletter was in February 2020, just one month before the Covid pandemic was announced.

This Crask Newsletter provides an update on the two years of challenges and opportunities since then.

One particular event that you may be interested in is the

Friends afternoon tea
Saturday 3rd September

You are all warmly welcome.

There will be a service at 1 pm followed by Afternoon tea and

if anyone wishes to stay on for a buffet (£18 / head) and music night.

For catering reasons please let us know if you can attend

Prayer for Healing

In Brora we have a monthly service of Prayer for Healing (3rd Sunday of the month). Today, as per our reading from Genesis 18:1-10a we did it in the company of Andrei Rublev’s icon “The Hospitality of Abraham“.

Anniversary of the Tain Papal Bull

Tomorrow (17th July) marks the 530th anniversary of the signing of the Papal Bull granting St Duthac’s Church Collegiate status and the occasion was marked this afternoon with a very engaging talk by Philip Ward.

Innocent VIII bishop, servant of the servants of God, to his dear son William Spine, provost of the Church of the blessed Duthus of Tayne, in Ross, deacon, greeting and apostolic blessing. When what is asked of us is just and honourable, the strength of right as much as the line of reason requires that it should be carried out to its due effect as a consequence of craving our interposition. Indeed, the prayer brought before us on your behalf recited that our venerable brother Thomas, Bishop of Ross, with consent of the chapter of the Church of Ross and of others whom it concerned, and for the advancement of Divine worship, raised the said Church of the blessed Duthac into a collegiate one


Therefore, let none at all breakthrough this our writ of confirmation and defence, or with rash daring transgress it. But, if any shall take upon him to attempt this, let him know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God, and of his blessed apostles, Peter and Paul. Given at Rome, at St Peter’s, in the year of the Lord’s incarnation, 1492, on the 17th of July, in the 8th year of our pontificate.

More details about the Story of the Tain Papal Bull may be found on the Tain Museum web site.

Community Award!

Our heartiest congratulations to Marian Swanson – a member of our congregation and vestry at St Finnbarr’s Dornoch – as she receives a special community award from the Dornoch Community Council. This prestigious award is presented annually to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to our local community. Jerry Bishop made the presentation on behalf of the Community Council. Many of you will know that Marian is a key player in running St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop, Market stalls and online sales. Marian has supported, led and helped develop many other local initiatives too, but really doesn’t like to be in the limelight. However, given this well deserved award which recognises all that she is and all that she does, we wanted to raise a glass with her – God bless you Marian and may He uphold you in all that you do!

St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop at the Garden Party

A week ago last Sunday a magnificent garden party was held at Dunrobin Castle to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The event was organised by the Rotary Club of East Sutherland (RCOES) and THE key organiser was Alistair Risk – a member of our congregation at St Columba’s, Brora. The garden party was extremely well attended, raising substantial funds for RCOES and other local charities – such as our very own St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop. Our thanks to Marian and Joanna who gave up their time to organise and run our ‘Sparkles and Spangles’ stall! Much fun was had by all – great job Mr Risk!!