Tartans blessed in Ben Lomond
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Rev. Blaine Hammond blesses the tartans during the annual Kiring O' the Tartans and Feast of St. Andrew event at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Ben Lomond.
Rev. Blaine Hammond blesses the tartans during the annual Kiring O' the Tartans and Feast of St. Andrew event at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Ben Lomond.
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Bagpiper Paul Llewellyn entertains parishioners who lined up outside the church during the Kirking O' the Tartans and Feast of St. Andrew event at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Ben Lomond.
Bagpiper Paul Llewellyn entertains parishioners who lined up outside the church during the Kirking O' the Tartans and Feast of St. Andrew event at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Ben Lomond.
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Highland dancer Addie O'Brien and piper Paul Llewellyn perform during the Kirking O' the Tartans and Feast of St. Andrew event at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Ben Lomond.
Highland dancer Addie O'Brien and piper Paul Llewellyn perform during the Kirking O' the Tartans and Feast of St. Andrew event at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Ben Lomond.
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Michael Faust of the Ross clan serves himself during the Kirking O' the Tartans and Feast of St. Andrew event at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Ben Lomond.
Michael Faust of the Ross clan serves himself during the Kirking O' the Tartans and Feast of St. Andrew event at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Ben Lomond.
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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ben Lomond hosted its annual Kirking O’ the Tartans and Feast of St. Andrew on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The annual event is a celebration of ethnic heritage that likely originated after the Battle of Culloden in Scotland, when highland dress and customs were banished. People wore a bit of tartan — traditional Scottish cloth with a pattern of plaid — hidden under their clothes to church on a day when it was secretly agreed that they would be blessed.

Others say the custom began early in American history as a tribute to the homeland of Scottish settlers in the colonies.

At St. Andrew’s, the blessing is bestowed on each tartan — and by extension on the whole clan that claims the tartan, rededicating the clan to the Christian faith.

The Rev. Blaine Hammond led the festivities, which included a procession of the flags, bagpipe music, a blessing, hymns and a potluck feast.

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