RC Diocese of Aberdeen

Magnus 900

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Date(s) - 28/07/2017 - 30/07/2017
All Day

Our Lady & St. Joseph



For information on the weekend and full details for each event visit our Magnus 900 page

As part of the celebration of the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus. there will be three days of celebrations with an approximate itinerary (which will be updated) as follows:


A series of 30 min talks on the theme Magnus and his legacy: 7pm – 9.30pm with an interval for tea and coffee.



There are two events and pilgrims can choose which to attend, with time information below. Details may change hence the importance to keep in touch with the diocesan office and web site over coming months. There are two pilgrimages (Egilsay and Birsay) which are both happening, independently. The Birsay version will have an ecumenical service in St Magnus Kirk Birsay.

Additionally, there is to be a civic reception at 4pm  on Saturday afternoon and it is intended that there will be a vigil mass (about 6pm) in Our Lady and St Joseph’s on the Saturday, and further details will be forthcoming on this.

Crucially, the pilgrimage to Egilsay is limited in numbers and if you are interested in this, please let the Diocesan office know ASAP, email:  joyce@rcd-abdn.org or tel. 01224-319154.  A rough schedule for both pilgrimages follows:

Pilgrimage to Egilsay 07:30 – 15:10
including transport from Kirkwall, service at St Magnus Church and lunch on Egilsay. St Magnus was martyred on April 16th on the island of Egilsay. Although now ruined, the church of St Magnus on Egilsay is a place of pilgrimage. It is a 12th century round-towered Viking church.

Pilgrimage to St Magnus Kirk, Birsay 08:45 – 14:30
The full St Magnus Way is 51 miles, and so only part will be undertaken. The walk will start at Costa, there will be a short ecumenical service at St Magnus Kirk, Birsay, and then a walk along another short part of the Way to reach Birsay Community Hall where lunch may be purchased. Birsay is where St Magnus’s body was first buried. The first part of the walk is about 4 miles on grass, and the second part is about a mile mainly on road. Buses will pick up from the Birsay Community Hall to bring pilgrims back to Kirkwall. Note, there is no parking at the Costa end of this pilgrimage, nor in Birsay village.


SUNDAY 30TH JULY 14:30 – 16:30 

The main event of the weekend is a Mass in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall at 2.30pm. The Aberdeen Diocesan Choir will be led by Elizabeth Meiklejohn and accompanied by the Orkney County Organist, Heather Rendall. The Aberdeen Diocesan MC, George Brand, will be organising matters for the bishops and priests who are concelebrating.