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The Rev Millar Patrick, DD, Linton

A plea for much wider repertoire in most congregational worship, with suggestions from French, German, English and Scottish sources.

Reference: Volume 14 1943-44 (War-time Issue), p13
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W J Stuart, Esq, FRSCE, Member of the Kirk Session of St Andrew’s Parish Church, Edinburgh

Mr Stuart urges that prayers be confined to five minutes, sermons to no more than twenty five. He dislikes the custom of children’s talks followed later by a sermon, favours an offering received at the church door, is dubious of services celebrating organisations or causes - “Keep out the laymen!” . He finds anthems too often exhibitionist, and believes that ministers could be spared much work if everyone accepted that the second service should be a repeat of the first, for those who had not been able to attend.

Reference: Volume 14 1943-44 (War-time Issue), p17
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Illustrations in this volume

(All between pages 10 and 11)

The Holy Table, Crathie Parish Church
The Holy Table, St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Edinburgh
The Parish Church of Fowlis Wester (before restoration)
The Parish Church of Fowlis Wester (as restored, 1927)

Reference: Volume 14 1943-44 (War-time Issue)
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The Rev Millar Patrick, DD

Millar Patrick recalls an attempt in 1827 by a General Assembly Committee to recruit contemporary poets and poetesses, including Sir Walter Scott, Wordsworth, Southey, Mrs Grant of Laggan et al, (and many of their responses) to submit enlargements to the Paraphrases. He suggests that the failure of the enterprise resulted from an unwillingness to consider hymns, which had many years previously been introduced to the Relief Church.

Reference: Volume 13 1942-43 (War-time Issue), p1

The Very Rev J Hutchison Cockburn, DD, Dunblane Cathedral

Hutchison Cockburn describes and commends the College and its influence on preaching, expressing the hope that Scotland might one day “be blessed with such an institution”.

Reference: Volume 13 1942-43 (War-time Issue), p6

No Author Specified

An unattributed (?editorial) plea that prayers of Thanksgiving and those of Intercession should be separated when the 1940 Book of Common Order comes to be revised.

Reference: Volume 13 1942-43 (War-time Issue), p7
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The Rev Alex B Macdonald, BD, Ph D, Dron

Dr Macdonald deplores subjectivity and commends greater objectivity in sermons, prayers and hymns.

Reference: Volume 13 1942-43 (War-time Issue), p8
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The Rev William D Maxwell, BD, Ph D, Senior Chaplain to the Forces

Dr Maxwell lists many available books on worship, under seven separate headings: The Theory of Worship, The History of Christian Worship’ Scottish Worship, Anglican Worship, Church Architecture, Church Music, Liturgical Texts. Oxford, 1936

Reference: Volume 13 1942-43 (War-time Issue), p11

The Rev William McMillan, Ph D, DD, St Leonard’s, Dunfermline

Dr McMillan discusses precedents and suggests a scheme of colours for today.

Reference: Volume 13 1942-43 (War-time Issue), p14

The Rev J H Baxter, DD, D Litt, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, The University of St Andrews

Professor Baxter describes the origins of St Salvator’s College and Church, St Andrews.

Reference: Volume 13 1942-43 (War-time Issue), p17

No Author Specified

These are dispersed on pp. 7, 10, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20. Confusion of versions of the Lord’s Prayer deplored and congregational participation encouraged. Revival of the office of Beadle encouraged, with notes on staff, wand and mace. A plea for vestries to be furnished in a way that creates a spiritual atmosphere. Also a plea for a more significant Confirmation Service.

Reference: Volume 13 1942-43 (War-time Issue)
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Illustrations in this volume

(all between pages 10 and 11)

The College of Preachers, Washington, DC
The Refectory, College of Preachers
The Common Room, College of Preachers
The Chapel of St Salvator, University of St Andrews
The Lord President’s Mace

Reference: Volume 13 1942-43 (War-time Issue)
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Sir D Y Cameron, RA, LL D, Kippen

Sir D Y Cameron makes a plea for a recovered recognition, in the post-war world, of the Church as the “heart of the world” and “the home of the beautiful”, based on a somewhat idealised view of the medieval period in Scotland as a golden age of art

Reference: Volume 12 1941-42 (War-time Issue), p1
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The Rev William McMillan, Ph D, DD, CF, St Leonard’s, Dunfermline

William McMillan gives a brief account of the making and relationships of ‘Laud’s Liturgy’.

Reference: Volume 12 1941-42 (War-time Issue), p5
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Herbert Wiseman Esq, MA, Director of Music, Edinburgh Corporation Education Committee; Organist at St Andrew’s (Drumsheugh) Church, Edinburgh

Herbert Wiseman,  noting that, despite a “fine corpus of great tunes” in Scotland, only “snippets” of the metrical psalms are found fit for use, calls for renewed consideration of prose versions as these give proper priority to words.  He suggests some form of choral speaking as an initial step for congregations, and the use of Gregorian tones as the next.  Anglican chants are treated with reservation and with the insistence that “the tune must be fitted to the words and not the words to the tune”.

Reference: Volume 12 1941-42 (War-time Issue), p9

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