The Robin Chapel

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.

7 thoughts on “The Robin Chapel

  1. Some of us really do like/love Trinity Sunday!!! But then I am very so-called Eastern Orthodox on the wonderment of God triune!

  2. Agatha, I guess its because its a construct of the Church and not scriptural, or that its like an oyster trying to describe a ballerina – we simply do not have the equipment to understand something so completely beyond us. And if it has flummoxed greater theologians than I, then I guess that’s reason enough.

    Augustine just couldn’t get the hang of it at all! There is a wonderful pic of him wandering along a beach in full pontificals wrestling with the concept. He is said to have seen a little boy filling a hole in the sand with water. He asked him what he was doing and the boy said he was trying to put the ocean in this hole. Augustine then realised that that was what he was trying to do with the Trinity. He said it was just as impossible for us to understand the mystery of God as it is for a child to put the water of the ocean into a hole. Our minds are but tiny thimbles, whereas the reality of God is as great as the ocean.

  3. Mark. Thanks mate. It is my believe that Christianity can really only be fully expressed by and in dogmatic theology. Indeed, Dogmatic Theology is the expresssion and charm of Truth!
    “The dogma of consubstantiality, which safeguards the unity of the Holy Trinity, thus remains a sealed book so far as we are concerned – for in a religious sense it has neither assimilated nor unfolded.” (“Sophia the Wisdom of God”, p.25 – Fr. Serguis Bulgakov)
    For me, the Father being the regal – the cause or origin of the Godhead, from whom the Son is begotten eternally and also from whom the Holy Spirit proceeds eternally (St. John 15:26). This is much more than anthropomorphic, but both God’s eternal essence, which is totally transcendent, but reaches us in His “uncreated energies”. The God who is transcendent and the God who touches us are one and the same! But indeed the mystery and beauty of God, are expressed in the dogmatic nature of theology…here is charm and truth!

    “Orthodoxy does not persude or try to compel; it charms and it attracts.” ~ Fr. S. Bulgakov

    Fr. Robert +++

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