Centenary Lecture

Rev Canon Dr Donald Gray

This is described as the Church Service Society Centenary Lecture, given in both Edinburgh and Aberdeen in October 1987. In pursuit of the theme, the lecture a) notes that the bread and wine are manufactured goods and the product of human labour, indicating that material things are the means of Christ's continuing presence; b) the early development of the idea that the body of Christ and the church were one and the same meant that the church is the means of Christ addressing the needs of the world; the Eucharist is not simply a place for faithful to deepen own commitment but 'stirrup cup to battle'; d) in the Parish Communion movement, or 'sacramental socialists', the high churchmen and Anglo-Catholics not apeing Catholics but contained command to serve needs of people and nations; it must influence business, society, politics; class divisions seen to contradict communion in Christ; here was equivalent of Liturgical Movement in C of E, receiving a boost from Hebert's Liturgy and Society. Influential also was Robinson's Liturgy coming to Life where the 'we who are many' recreated as new community in Christ, or George MacLeod's Only One Way Left, of Fr Balasuriya, 'Eucharist .. eschatological significance ..ultimate liberation in the Kingdom'. The sacramental moment par excellence is 'Go forth', 'Ite, missa est'.

Volume 19 Autumn 1988, p2
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