Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday November 10th. 2013
Spean Bridge: Reader: Alison MacIntosh Prayers: Faith MacIntosh Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, Liz Campbell
Roy Bridge: Readers:  Catrina MacDonald  Ishbel Campbell Prayers: Lorna MacGregor Euch Mins: Nilda Hawke, Richard Sidgwick, Rory MacDonald
Rota November 16th. – November 17th.
Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland Feast Day, November 16th Margaret was born around 1045 in Hungary, the daughter of the exiled English Prince Edward "the Outlaw" Atheling of the English royal house of Wessex, and a German Princess named Agatha. Margaret was raised in the court of St. Stephen, King of Hungary. In 1057 when she was about 12, Margaret and her family returned to England, where the king was St. Edward the Confessor. After the Norman conquest in 1066 and after her father's death in 1068, Agatha with her son and two daughters resolved to return to Hungary and embarked with that intent. Their ship was driven up the Firth of Forth to Dunfermline, where Malcolm III, king of Scotland, received them hospitably and granted them refuge. He very soon offered the whole family a permanent home with him and asked that the Princess Margaret should become his wife. Margaret, who was very devout and much impressed with the futility of earthly greatness, had very nearly determined to be a nun. King Malcolm Canmore Malcolm III was born in 1031 and founded the house of Canmore, which ruled Scotland for more than 200 years, and consolidated the power of the Scottish monarchy. He was the son of Duncan I, who was killed (1040) by Macbeth. Malcolm lived in exile until he defeated and killed (1057) Macbeth near Lumphanan in Aberdeenshire. He succeeded to the throne in 1058, and married Margaret about 1068-1070. They were blessed with eight sons which ushered in the Golden Age in Scotland, one of the sons, St. David 1, became king. Her holiness and wisdom had an impact on Malcolm, causing him to be a better ruler. Malcolm regarded his wife with holy reverence, and with most devoted love followed her advice, and guided by her he became a religious and conscientious king. His devotion to her and her influence over him were almost unbounded. He never refused or grudged her anything, nor showed the least displeasure when she took money out of his treasury for her charities. Although he could not read, he loved her books for her sake, handling them with affectionate reverence and kissing them. Sometimes he would take away one of her favourite volumes and send for a goldsmith to ornament it with gold and gems. When this was done, he would restore it to the queen as a proof of his devotion.
Margaret’s influence on Scotland. In addition to her influence with her husband and her sons, who later succeeded their father in ruling Scotland, Margaret took a direct role in helping the people of Scotland. She devoted time and money to works of charity, assisting the poor, the aged, orphans, and the sick, building monasteries and hospitals, It was she who restored Iona Abbey founded by St. Columbia.  In addition, she introduced European culture to Scotland, and did so more successfully than the forceful introduction in England under the Normans. Her holiness During these periods of self-denial, her biographer says that after sleeping for a short time at the beginning of the night, she went into the church and said alone the divine office sung by the monks. She then returned to her room , and after a short sleep, assisted by the king, she washed the feet of six poor persons who were brought there by the chamberlain. When it was morning she began her works of mercy again; while the psalms were being read to her, nine little destitute orphans were brought, and she took each on her lap and fed it with her own spoon. While she was feeding the babies, three hundred poor persons were brought into the hall and seated all round it. As soon as Margaret and the king came in, the doors were shut, only the chaplains and a few attendants being present while the king and queen waited upon Christ in the person of His poor, serving them with food and drink. After this meal, the queen used to go into the church and there, with tears and signs and many prayers, she offered herself a sacrifice to God. She used to repeat the Psalter two or three times, and before the public Mass she had five or six private Masses sung in her presence. It was then time for her own dinner, but before she touched it she waited on the twenty-four poor people who were her daily care at all seasons; wherever she happened to be, they had to be lodged near the royal residence. Her precious prayer book gifted to her by Malcolm accidentally fell into the  river Tay, but he had it beautifully restored.  It is now in the Bodleian library in Oxford.   Pope Francis and St. Margaret Pope Francis, who is trying so hard to raise the sacredness of family life in a world where governments are doing little to support it, will  find in St. Margaret a model of true family life in all its beauty and simplicity, where God is at its very centre and the source of all its holiness. He asks every family to be more Christ-centred Already a questionnaire has gone out from the Vatican to the hierarchies in every country in the world, at the request of Pope Francis, to prepare for a special meeting with representatives of the bishops to discuss how family life can be protected and encouraged and to model  itself on the Holy  Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.