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Jolomo to preach to Queen during royal visit at Balmoral

The contemporary artist will perform the sermon at Crathie Kirk on Sunday.

Sermon: The contemporary artist will preach at Crathie Kirk.
Sermon: The contemporary artist will preach at Crathie Kirk. Jolomo/SWNS

Contemporary artist John Lowrie Morrison, known as Jolomo, has been chosen to preach for the Queen at a church service in Scotland.

Known for his colourful expressionist paintings of Scottish landscapes, the artist is a trained lay reader in the Church of Scotland and frequently preaches at churches in Argyll where he resides.

He will speak on the links between art and spirituality in a sermon at Crathie Kirk on July 29, the church the Queen and royal family attend while in residence at Balmoral.

He said: "I am extremely honoured to accept this invitation. I enjoy every opportunity to preach, and every congregation is different, but this engagement is a little bit special.

"My theme will be art, creativity and spirituality, a subject close to my heart."

Lowrie, who was born in Glasgow and trained at the Glasgow School of Art, recently opened up about his time at the institution following a devastating fire in June.

https://stv.tv/news/features/1419555-art-school-fire-it-was-the-most-fantastic-place-to-work-in/ | default

In 2011, he was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours for services to art and charity in Scotland.

Morrison is the first of a group of invited speakers to give a sermon at the church while the royal family is at Balmoral this summer.

Minister for Crathie and Braemar parish, Rev Kenneth MacKenzie, said: "It's been a practice since Victorian times of having guest preachers during the time that certain members of the royal family are here.

"It's always a privilege to be around here at this time. Guest preachers are always hugely anticipated."

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