- St Mary's is the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. This beautiful church houses relics of St. Andrew.
Each year the Cathedral is the setting for the Solemn Mass to mark the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival. Likewise of great significance is the annual "Red Mass"- the votive Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated to implore God's blessing and gift of wisdom on the deliberations of the legal profession in Scotland. All these celebrations are supported by the Cathedral altar servers and the men and boys of the Choir. Without doubt, the liturgical highlight of the Cathedral's life was the visit of Pope John Paul II on 31st May 1982. During his pastoral visit to Scotland he addressed a large congregation of priests, female and male religious in the Cathedral and prayed at the shrine of St Andrew. The Cathedral looks forward with confidence to its 200th anniversary in 2014.
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