New Gaelic hymn book launched

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The rich tradition of Gaelic hymns has been preserved for future generations with the creation of a new hymn book.

On the Isle of Skye last weekend ‘Seinneamaid Còmhla’ (Let’s sing praise together) was launched at a Praise Evening at Columba 1400, a centre dedicated to enhancing the lives of young people.

Very Rev Lorna Hood, who visited a Gaelic service in the parish on her visit to the island last year, said: “We all know the Gaelic love of the Psalms and the wonderful haunting sounds evocative of Gaelic life and culture.

“I am delighted that this new book of Gaelic hymns will speak to a younger generation in the Gaelic medium schools all across the country, in their assemblies and worship. It will also hopefully stir the hearts of an older generation as they too strive to relate their faith to modern day living.

“Even those of us who are non-Gaelic speakers can look forward to new inspiring words and music from the culture which derives from the heart of our nation.”

Three members of the Church of Scotland parish of Kilmuir and Stenscholl at the north end of the Trotternish peninsula, have been working at producing the book which contains 100 hymns, many being translations of old and modern hymns originally composed in English, but

also featuring a number of original Gaelic hymns.

Encased in an attractive cover and interspersed by lovely colour and black and white photos of local scenes, the book is aimed at ensuring that Gaelic continues its strong and distinctive association with contemporary worship.

The book, which costs £10,can be ordered by contacting Carmina Gadelica, at Armadale House,Portree: 01478 612585, email