Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The grave of the bibles

Six years ago this year, the community of Ness buried nearly five hundred old bibles in the St Peter's Cemetery in the Swainbost machair. The bibles came from the charity shop in Lionel, where it had been decided that the books were unfit for resale. Most of them were very old and falling apart. However, it was decided that the Holy Scriptures deserved a more respectful end than the shredder or the incinerator. Also, many of them were family bibles, that had been in use for generations, and were held to be treasured possessions. They were all placed in a box, and interred in the Old Cemetery. A proper burial service was conducted by the minister at Cross, on 30 June 2006. This memorial plaque was erected over the grave.

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