Today is Trinity Sunday, the day when most clergy will try to avoid preaching and invite someone else to wrestle with it instead. Of course, I ended up preaching three times! Very trinitarian. Twice at St Mark’s of course, and then this afternoon at The Robin Chapel.
The Robin Chapel is a little gem set within the rather seedy part of Edinburgh known as Craigmillar. It is dedicated to Robin Tudsbery, son of Sir Francis and Lady Tudsbery. It was built in 1950 at the centre of a unique housing complext for physically disabled people and their families – The Thistle Foundation. Robin was their only son, a lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards, who was killed in Germany in the last days of WW2. His parents sought to commemorate their beloved son and also to further the spirit of unity and concord among Christian people.
Services (Evensong and monthly Communion) are held on Sunday afternoons and are ecumenical, although the Chaplain is a Piskie. There is a paid choir who are excellent and I think I have found a refuge for future Sunday afternoons.
It is worth popping in, if you ever get the chance. I hear it does a roaring trade on Doors Open Day. And instead of a painting of the Ascension, or even the Trinity, you can see a portrait of Robin as a boy with his dog. Strange. Gorgeous windows though.