Honour for Glamis elder who took part in centuries-old Easter ceremony

Glamis kirk elder Moyra Stewart.Glamis kirk elder Moyra Stewart.
Glamis kirk elder Moyra Stewart.
A member of Glamis Parish Church met Her Majesty the Queen when she took part in an historic ceremony last week.

Kirk elder Moyra Stewart was among those who received Maundy Thursday money at Worcester Cathedral.

Moyra was nominated for her dedicated years of service to the Church, and was among 75 men and 75 women from across the United Kingdom who also received the award.

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She said: "I feel extremely humbled to be thought worthy of this honour. I have a strong personal faith so endeavour to witness as best I can using whatever gifts I have been given."

The tradition of presenting alms on Maundy Thursday dates at least to the 4th century AD, with the first record of a monarch doing this in the British Isles being in 1213. The word ‘Maundy' comes from the Latin word for ‘commandment', which referring to the instruction Jesus gave his disciples on the Thursday before he died "that you should love one another as I have loved you."

The service is held at a different cathedral each year, and the number of people given Maundy Money is the same as the monarch's age for men and women. A total of six Church of Scotland members received the award.Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: "I am delighted that six long-serving and dedicated members of the Church of Scotland are being recognised. They are people who have served their congregations and communities faithfully, giving up their time to help others."