This is the presidential address to the Society of 1984 by the Revd W H M Cant of St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney. This substantial paper begins by quoting an excerpt from the Orkney writer George Mackay Brown recreating a mass on the island of Egilsay and continues with a searching and eloquent plea to the Church to find renewal in the celebration of Christ in the Word and Sacrament. It falls into three sections: 1. Christ’s presence and the transformation of life; 2. The celebration of Christ in the liturgy of the Word (A. the Gospel of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, B. The reading and preaching of the Word, C. The climactic point of the service of the Word); 3. The Celebration of Christ in the liturgy of the Eucharist (A. The eucharistic celebration of the death of Christ, B. The eucharistic celebration of the living Christ, our high priest in heaven and on earth, C. The eucharistic celebration of the paschal mystery of Christ); 4. The revolutionary power of the Sacrament for the future.
The 1984 Presidential Address: The Most Urgent Call to the Kirk: Celebration of Christ in the Liturgy of Word and Sacrament
Volume 11 Autumn 1985, p5