The college today marks the feast day of its secondary patron, St. Margaret.
Celebrations are taking place today throughout the church for St. Margaret of Scotland, a medieval queen of Scotland renowned for her model of service to the poor and her love of Jesus Christ.
The Scots College in Rome has had possession of a relic of St. Margaret since it was transferred from the Scots College at Douai, France in the late 1600’s. Margaret, now known as patroness of dozens of schools and parishes in Scotland, is also the secondary patron of her adopted country and the crypt chapel here at the college in Rome is dedicated to her memory.
Today, as the community marks the anniversary of her death in 1093, the Students, Staff and Sisters of the college will celebrate Evening Prayer before her relic placed on the altar dedicated to her in the college crypt. This celebration will follow a time for personal prayer before the altar.
It was designed to serve as the high altar of the crypt, however, the changes of Vatican II led to a change in the designation and the impressive altar piece mounted behind, now keep a constant watch over the chapel. The altar piece shows Margaret in prayer before a Celtic cross surrounded by spear heads, symbolising the hostility she faced in her acts of kindness.