Scottish Parliament Ash Wednesday Service…

Scottish Parliament Ash Wednesday Service…

From the website of St Andrews & Edinburgh…

Archbishop Leo led an Ash Wednesday service for MSPs and staff at the Scottish Parliament today.

He said: “We prayed for the grace to examine ourselves with honesty and humility and also to ask for God’s help in following Him more closely in the 40 Days of Lent.

“Thanks to all who attended and to Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone for taking the time to meet me for a chat afterwards and also to John Kennedy from Meghan Gallacher MSPs office for helping facilitate this event.”   Source

Editor writes…

I cannot identify any MSP in the above photo, and I can’t even be sure that the person posing as the archbishop is the archbishop. If I had decided to follow the madness, I’d be longing for the 18 April when I’d pull my (useless) face-mask triumphantly from my face and chuck it in the bin. Not so many other Scots, including the young woman (no more than 19 I’d bet) who told me the other day that she will most definitely NOT be ditching her mask when the rule is relaxed and most probably ever, given her stated terror of catching “the virus”.

Yet again, we have to marvel at the brainless brigade who are attributing to Nicola Stalin Sturgeon’s science advisers a medical infallibility which no pope would claim. Gimme strength.

Your thoughts – and let  us know if YOU can identify any of the (presumably) MSPs in the line-up…

Comments (23)

  • Nicky

    What a bunch of idiots! They all look ridiculous. We get photos taken to remember an occasion or a visit or something, to remember how we all looked that day. These ninnies are never going to know how they actually looked, LOL!

    April 4, 2022 at 12:11 pm
  • Mack

    I can’t even see their ashes on any forehead, so this must have been taken before the service when you’d think they’d be preparing in prayer, thinking about “unto dust thou shalt return”.

    It’s nothing short of disgraceful that the Catholic clergy have gone along with this Covid theatre, right up to the last minute. It will be interesting to see if any of them continue mask-wearing even after the 18th. I wouldn’t be surprised TBH.

    April 4, 2022 at 12:50 pm
    • Frankier


      In my parish, despite the new rules regarding churches, masks are still to be worn. Distancing is still advised despite a congregation of less than forty in a church capable of holding 150. Sign of peace
      is back on the menu but communion on the tongue is strictly forbidden.

      The joke is that the parish priest can`t get out of the church quick enough to light a cigarette. I, personally, would rather risk my health by giving someone holy communion on the tongue than by sticking a lump of paper packed with a drug into my mouth and lungs.

      I don`t think it would be putting anyone in too much danger if I, being the only member who receives on the tongue, was given communion last and the priest could wash his hands, or whatever, immediately after. No way, however, would they veer from their own self appointed, atheistic laws.

      That is how low that the True Faith has sunk.

      Thankfully, thanks to Fr Stephen, I was able to receive holy communion for the first time in almost
      two-and-a-half years at a Traditional Latin Mass he offered last week in Glasgow for a friend of my daughter`s husband, God rest him.

      April 4, 2022 at 4:22 pm
      • Mack


        LOL about the cigarettes being more dangerous than the risk of catching the Covid virus. That’s so true.

        They’re using Covid as an excuse to stop all sorts of things, from using confessional boxes to Communion on the tongue. Pure laziness, that’s what it is. The modernists don’t know how to give Communion on the tongue without almost throwing us to the floor, they are idiots, sorry, but I’ve lost all respect for the majority of clergymen.

        April 4, 2022 at 7:35 pm
  • Francis de sales

    Sample of my imagined letter-

    Dear Archbishop Leo,

    Its sheer hypocrisy that you lined out with MSP’S while at the same time, Fr Despard couldn’t get a parish for almost 4 years.

    Sturgeon office have a new post namely called as’ covid PR job’ which encourages voters to take another jab or booster.

    Fr Despard fits that bill quite nicely cos he have nothing to do. I request you to release him from diocese so that he may fulfil that job.

    For 4 years Fr Despard spent in a type of mental imprisonment where he couldn’t go out and say mass willing and freely in a certain assigned parish of his choosing . That’s a real shame given severe priest shortages in Scotland that u made no representations on his behalf.

    Release him now so that he may say mass freely and without restrictions cos its a breach of his human right not to be assigned to a parish.

    He spent 4 years in a mental straitjacket without any help from you or that ungrateful Toal. Its totally unnecessary and heartless, devoid of any compassion which is expected of you as a Bishop.

    Your in Christ,
    Francis de sales

    Editor: unfortunately, your letter is addressed to the wrong bishop; Fr Despard is in the Diocese of Motherwell (not Edinburgh) and his bishop is Bishop Toal. You’re in the Emerald Isle, so you can be excused on geographical grounds – that is, no Irish jokes here! 😀

    April 4, 2022 at 1:01 pm
  • Francis de sales

    Editor, no problem 👍. 😀😆.

    April 4, 2022 at 1:53 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Well spotted Sir and it just goes to Show you that the Masons will always Shine through ( so to speak of course) We also know at least One of The Idiotic ways Masons try to denounce being Masons is by denying they are so. I worked with a Mason ( a Boss of course and Useless at the Job in Hand ) for Years I just went along with Him saying He wasn’t a Mason while all the Time He would do the Funny Handshake with those He met.

      The Masks of course are the Main Topic Here and if ever there was a Photo taken to promote Lunatics in an Asylum this must be it . Again as I and most have said . You certainly wouldn’t see this Lot in a Swimming Pool as they would likely drown from all the Injection Priks they’ve had.
      Either their Injections work or they dont , as that’s them up to 4 You would think that those Intelligent People would surely know by now. Also as regards the useless S.N.P. Their is an article of a Drag Queen up in Court for taking Photos. Unfortunately for Him / Her / IT ,these Photos weren’t Masked up.

      April 4, 2022 at 3:17 pm
  • Francis de sales

    When was that photo taken cos everyone in that photo wore a mask. Here it’s mask free but up to you to wear it or not. Some people out there continue to wear mask. The majority of it are mask less except for some fussy business shops with a sign saying ‘mask required for entry. Most of the elderly are wearing masks in the street at times. But it’s bit freer here. I was astonished re London 5 months ago re mask not mandatory as it was edifying to see it. Cos its not good re mental health re restrictions on freedom and masks etc.

    Catholic Church’s reputation here given another battering cos of their decisions, not us which wasn’t surprising at the least. They have brought it on to themselves re no mass for months, no confessions et al. It was unreal to see it to made us realise that they don’t have our interests at heart. It’s them and us now.

    Finally, My dream is to see Fr Despard released soon.

    April 4, 2022 at 2:08 pm
  • Frankier

    If you check the one on the right of the Archbishop and the one fourth to his left you will see them
    proudly showing their brotherly, masonic hand symbols. They just can`t help themselves. Nicola
    Sturgeon, nee Stalin. uses this hand signal regularly.

    At the beginning of the pandemic, introducing the new commands for the Galloway Diocese on a specially made, probably costly, video, the then bishop Nolan adopted this same masonic pose when
    making his announcements.

    I find it hard to believe that he didn`t know the meaning behind this horrible way of holding your hands.

    April 4, 2022 at 2:20 pm
    • Michaela


      I’m sorry but I hold my hands in all sorts of way when I’m talking, including the one you say are masonic symbols in that photo. I actually googled to see the masonic hand symbols and there was actually a photo of President Trump with his VP sitting on a couch with his hands in that position, just a casual movement of the hand caught on camera IMHO. Why would they do that, publicly show a mason’s symbol when the whole point of the masonic handshake as I understand it, is to show the person you are meeting or being introduced to that you are a mason, in a clandestine way, not announce it to the world that you are a mason!
      [Here is] the image of Trump which was way down the page of “images” when I googled. He’s just casually holding his hands IMHO. Probably a few seconds after this was snapped he had changed his hand clasp. I think a lot of us do that, without thinking about it.

      I’m sorry you think it’s a horrible way of holding your hands, in my own case I “speak” with my hands a lot, so I suppose anyone looking for a sinister symbol would find one, for sure, if they watched me long enough LOL!

      April 4, 2022 at 4:14 pm
      • Frankier


        There is absolutely nothing wrong with you or anyone else holding their hands INNOCENTLY in this manner. It is the meaning behind it that matters. People use the name of God in prayer but too many also use it in a curse.

        This is a well-known symbol of freemasonry despite what you say. There would be no point in being a mason if the only way you could get your message through was by close contact. What about the Napoleonic style hidden hand as used by many US presidents as well as Prince Harry before he absconded? Standing with the feet in a square position is hardly well-hidden, nor is a sign of drawing a finger across the throat in a crowded room very secretive.

        Michaela, as a former builder and construction-plant-hirer who has battled against it in the highest echelons of power in the local authorities and many other places you can safely take my word for it.

        Believe it or not, they are not all that adept at hiding it nor do they actually want to. It is what is termed `hiding in plain sight`.

        However, don`t let me deter you from indulging: I just think it is not a natural way of holding one`s hands but you can let me know if someone offers you a good paying job some day out of the blue.

        Only joking, Michaela, but I do understand your comments and I`m sorry if I have offended you.

        April 4, 2022 at 4:52 pm
      • Michaela


        No offence taken – and I hope you don’t take offence either when I say that I think it’s important not to think everyone who holds their hands in a particular clasp is a freemason. I will need to tell people in future that I’m not a mason so don’t think anything of it if I look like one sometimes, LOL!

        April 4, 2022 at 4:59 pm
      • editor


        I have to agree with Michaela – more than once I’ve been told (by alleged friends) that if they cut off my hands I’d be speechless. Well, er… (I reply)… you betcha!

        Seriously, I once spent a few days in Ireland and (another alleged) friend took me on a tour of the city, pointing out symbols of this and that sinister body. To be brutally honest I couldn’t see anything untoward but made the usual expected noises to the effect that this and that was shocking, terrible, how dare they, etc.

        I tend to take everything at face value until undisputably proven otherwise. Makes life simpler and me being a simple lassie, I like being simple. Er.. So to speak 😀

        April 4, 2022 at 11:37 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    Sorry Frankier my comments to you are above.

    April 4, 2022 at 3:20 pm
  • Frankier


    You say that your old boss was useless at the job in hand. That is why he was in the masons. If he had any capabilities he wouldn`t have demeaned himself by befriending a goat.

    April 4, 2022 at 3:48 pm
  • editor

    N O T I C E . . .

    I have received the following request by email today:

    I enjoy your website and wanted to make you aware of a book I recently published on Amazon called the Saint Andrew Book of Prayer. Its goals and outlook are very much in tune with your mission. I would be honored if you would promote it and pass word of its publication along. His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider was gracious to provide a foreword for the book.

    On the Feast of St. Isidore, Bishop

    Dr. Joseph Johnson, DCF
    Pastoral Associate, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
    915 Mathis Rd. ● Greenwood, SC ● 29649
    864.223.8410 ●

    I replied with a promise to post news of this book here, explaining that I’m not a fan of the “Celtic” and “Celtic Christianity” school of thought; that Cardinal Winning, RIP, pointed out to a mixed (religious) audience in Glasgow some years back, that there was never any such thing as the “Celtic Church”, just the Catholic Church. I also pointed out that the drive for “Celtic” Christianity is driven by the new age movement.

    However, I leave it to individual bloggers and readers to decide if this book might be of interest.


    I’ve had a further email from Dr Joseph Johnson, replying to my concerns about “Celtic” Christianity – he writes…

    Thank you kindly – but just a disclaimer. I’m a traditionalist myself and I love my Scottish heritage. I agree that this drive for Celtic Christianity is a new age grievance and it’s part of the reason I compiled the prayerbook. Everywhere I looked for a prayerbook with a Celtic flare, it was always by some new age devotee. So, I edited this one that is designed to show the superiority of the Catholic Church over paganism and point Catholics in the direction of Tradition.

    I used to be a Presbyterian minister and my family was received into Holy Mother Church in 2013. Our priest provides the TLM on First Saturdays.

    I replied (to his reply!) simply to say, in effect, “Wonderful! And welcome home!”

    April 4, 2022 at 4:52 pm
  • Athanasius

    I think the picture above is a very honest portrayal of a bandit in a mask surrounded by his masked cronies. I’ve repeatedly said that prelates and priests who wear masks are frauds – they have no supernatural faith whatsoever and the faithful should avoid them rather COVID like the plague!

    April 4, 2022 at 8:41 pm
    • editor

      I couldn’t agree more, Athanasius. The wearing of the masks is a crystal clear sign of apostasy – not to mention blasphemy when worn in the Presence of Our Lord, Christ the King.

      On a lighter note, I remember hearing about a robbery during lockdown, when just about everyone was wearing masks. The TV news reported that a local convenience store had been robbed in broad daylight, the robbers took off with a ton of money, and police were now looking for two un-masked men 😀

      If we don’t laugh, we cry!

      April 4, 2022 at 11:35 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Apparently, examining ourselves with “with honesty and humility” doesn’t include asking ourselves why we are obeying the diktats of a fraudulent health crisis…why we are closing churches for no good reason…why our flocks are being denied the Sacraments…why we are head-over-heels keen on the climate change hoax…why we hate the Traditional Mass…

    It’s now Passion Week, boys and girls pictured above (a week that no longer exists, btw, in the Novus Ordo calendar – erased, just like Septuagesima). I suggest you examine your examinations of conscience and redouble your prayers, because clearly neither one is working.

    April 5, 2022 at 12:10 am
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      You remind me to remind everyone again (I did so on an earlier thread but one can never get too much of a good thing 😀 ) that the blog will close on Palm Sunday, as usual, and remain closed throughout Holy Week. We will re-open on Easter Sunday.

      As for climate change – already the powers-that-be are warning us that the end is nigh (again…)

      This has been played on GB News bulletins today – Covid and a possible nuclear war are not enough for the scare-mongers. We need to worry about the end of everyday life as we know it right now, as well…

      April 5, 2022 at 12:26 am
  • Frankier

    A couple or three years ago I sent an email to the Archbishop after I saw him in a picture with the Lord Mayor of Edinburgh, or someone of a similar low position.

    I asked him, via his secretary, to request from his friend that he bar a seriously blasphemous, filthy
    production at the Edinburgh Festival portraying Jesus and His Mother in a light that I wouldn`t wish to describe.

    Needless to say, despite a couple of more attempts, I got no reply.

    P45 springs to mind at times like this.

    April 5, 2022 at 1:00 pm
    • editor


      I wish I could say I’m surprised but … shocked yes, surprised, nope.

      April 5, 2022 at 10:42 pm
  • crofterlady

    Scotland is mentioned 1 minute 10 seconds. It’s well worth listening to the whole podcast.

    April 9, 2022 at 3:14 pm

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