A new visitors Bible was presented to Stirling Castle at the weekend. The presentation was made to the castle by the Bible Society on Sunday and saw local churches and choirs join visitors for a special event, Make a Joyful Noise, in the Chapel Royal.
In November 2011 the castle was presented with two Bibles to commemorate the anniversary of the publication. One had been given pride of place on the Altar while the other was made accessible to castle visitors. In spite of our initial trepidation, it has been seen to be very much used. In fact we have found ourselves in the rather unique position of “wearing out” a Bible in eighteen months which was the reason for receiving a new one.
The event saw a selection of hymns sung giving visitors and guests a fantastic opportunity to witness the Chapel being used for its original purpose. Built by James VI in 1594 for the baptism of his son Prince Henry, the Chapel Royal was used as a place of worship for many centuries later.
Young soloist Lawrence Smith from Stirling was excellent as was the reading by Castle steward, Gordon Barclay that focused on Solomon’s Temple from Kings and Chronicles on which our own Chapel Royal was said to be based. MC duties were carried out by Kathleen McKellar Ferguson who produced appropriate linked narratives between hymns and organist Alistair Warwick acted as choir master. The Bible itself was presented by St Ninians’ Post Master, Mr Willie Troup, a well-kent figure in the local area, representing the Stirling action group of the Scottish Bible Society.
The acoustics were spectacular with a string quartet adding a new dimension to the sound. All in all it was wonderful to hear the choirs in this magnificent setting.
Visitor Experiences Manager, Stirling Castle