St. Margaret of Scotland

A church visitor recently asked me about our patron saints.  I jokingly replied that for starters, neither of these Scotland saints were Scottish.  But with St. Margaret’s feast day coming up on June 10, the question did give me pause to reflect on her.  With our big St. Andrew’s Day Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan festivities in November, St. Margaret does not always get her due.  So if you ever wondered about St. Margaret and why we honor her as a patron, here is some information about her. 

St. Margaret is remembered as an exceptional queen, wife and mother.  She was of a noble Anglo-Saxon family and was a cousin to King Harold II. Following the Norman invasion of England in 1066 and the death of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings, Margaret, her mother and her sister all fled to Scotland to find harbor at the court of King Malcolm.  She soon married Malcolm and become a much beloved Queen.

Margaret was always religious and took a great interest in the Church, with a particular interest in serving the poor.  She was known to have a strong but affectionate influence on Malcolm, her children, and the Scottish people.  Her presence led to a religious and cultural revival in all of Scotland.  Under her leadership monasteries, schools, orphanages, and hospitals were built throughout the land resulting in a better quality of life for her subjects.  Scotland could be a difficult and violent place, and the clan feuds were always a danger.  King Malcolm was killed in a blood feud in 1093 and the heartbroken Queen died a few days later.  Their son, Prince David, went on to become one of Scotland’s finest kings.  Their daughter, Matilda, married the English King Henry I, resulting in Margaret being an ancestor of King Charles III and his family.

So let us give thanks for the life and legacy of St. Margaret of Scotland with prayer.:

O God, who didst call thy servant Queen Margaret to an earthly throne that she might advance thy heavenly kingdom, and didst endue her with zeal for thy Church and charity towards thy people:  Mercifully grant that we who commemorate her example may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious fellowship of thy Saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  (from the Scottish Prayer Book)

--Fr. Chris

All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee

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Nursery in undercroft for 9:00 AM & 11:15 AM services

Sunday School in recess until September however DMAS summer camp is soon. see item at bottom of email.

Wednesday, 12 noon, Holy Communion and anointing for healing, (for online participation for the service go to: )

Wednesday June 12, 7:30 PM Bible study with Father Bragg, "The Gospel of Saint Mark in the World of Saint Mark"

Next Vestry Meeting, September 23, 7:30 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday Oct. 13, Parish Picnic at Fort Hunt Park following combined 10 AM Service, more details to follow
MaRIH Center (crisis pregnancy center) Needs Our Help (Updated List)

MaRIH Center with its all volunteer staff provides help to mothers-to-be and mothers in need.  Please provide some of the items that are needed.. (You can leave the donations where the food for the food bank is collected on the pew in the undercorft.)

Especially Needed
 In Bold are a critical need.

Diapers (sizes newborn, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6)
Baby wipes
Diaper rash ointment
Spring/Summer Clothing: 0-3 month 3-6 month, 2T
Baby shampoo
Baby blankets
Formula: Simulac Advance Formula
Formula: other but not recalled
Wash clothes
Hooded towels
Grocery gift cards

Food Donations: Help Feed the Hungry
Please help this month with a food donation if you are able. Christ House is very thankful for the food we provide to them each month. Please also buy low sugar cereals (and not the kid's types that have lots of sugar).  Current needs include the following:
• canned meats (chicken, corned beef, spam)
• peanut butter
• jelly
• tuna
• canned vegetables (corn, green beans - (regular and low sodium)
• individual fruit cups (low sugar)
• canned fruit (low sugar)
• boxed cereal (low sugar) and instant or old fashioned oatmeal (18 oz or 42 oz)
• pasta (regular and gluten-free)
• instant potatoes
• Macaroni & cheese kits
Soups: Chunky or Progresso; Chicken broth
• Coffee, cooking oil, flour, sugar
Diocesan Summer Camp – June 23-29, 2024, at Camp Hanover, near Richmond, Va – The camp is open to ALL children ages 8-16. Financial assistance is available for members of the Diocese. Applications may be found in the narthex, on the table in the undercroft, and on the DMAS website. The camp currently is in urgent need of female counselors. If you are interested in participating as a counselor in this important ministry, please contact Archdeacon Michael Weaver at

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