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2097: St Stephen's, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Scotland

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3 April 2015

Re sculpture behind the altar - the clue is in the name of the church - St Stephen's.

St Stephen, stoned to death, was one of the first martyrs. The two men in the frame are indeed stoning the praying saint, with others bending down to collect stones. It is a poignant illustration of what was then, and still is today, a barbaric practice.

I regret your visitor found the congregation unattractive, but I am sure that if he balanced that with the appalling behaviour of his child, he would come to realise the attendees were simply shy and in fact rather tolerant.

In Scotland, we don't tend to offer refreshments after a service, but if there are any, then an announcement is made with invitation to visitors.

B. Monaga

 
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