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referring to:

The forthcoming A G M to be addressed by the Archdeacon of Northumberland, Leslie S Hunter
Dr Alexander Hetherwick, formerly of Blantyre, Nyasaland, and recently deceased
The start of the series on University Chapels and lamenting the lack of one in Edinburgh
The success of the recent campaign to recruit new members
Readings at the celebration of Holy Communion
St Columba’s Day, with a Collect

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p72
PDF icon Notes and Comments1.53 MB

Illustrations in this volume

King’s College Chapel, Interior  -  Facing page 12
Nagmaal (Lord’s Supper)   -  Facing page 30
Specimen Page  -  Facing page 61
Specimen Page  -  Facing page 64

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39
PDF icon Illustrations1.39 MB

The Rev W W D Gardiner, BD, D Litt, Edinburgh

W W D Gardiner marks the re-opening, after restoration (Henry F Kerr, architect), of the Church and gives an account of its 17th century beginnings and original plan and ordering, with notice of later damage, division and rebuilding and with reference also to the signing of the National Covenant of which the tercentenary had recently been celebrated.  Illustrated by 3 drawings – restored interior, exterior (wrongly labelled), and exterior in 1637.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p05
PDF icon Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh3.37 MB

The Rev Denzil G M Patrick, MA, Edinburgh

Denzil G M Patrick evaluates the conference, as “a stage in a process” indicating both its “positive significance” and “points where criticism is necessary” (among these, the arrangements for worship, and a perceived Orthodox and Anglican, and English language, dominance).

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p12

The Rev Ninian Hill, Edinburgh

Ninian Hill, after referring to biblical foundations, considers “godly fear and awe” and its expression in deportment in church. 

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p23
PDF icon Concerning Reverence3.71 MB

The Rev William McMillan, Ph D, DD, Dunfermline

William McMillan examines in detail the evidence relating to services of worship during the period 1661-90, dealing mainly with the practice of “outed” ministers and their congregations, and referring to the influence of the Westminster Directory, to psalmody, prayers, posture, “prefacing”, “lecturing”, sermons,  Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and burial customs.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p30
PDF icon Worship in Covenanting Times6.42 MB

The Rev David A Hodges, BD, Ayton

David A. Hodges draws attention to the 1937 General Assembly’s commendation of a Youth Committee Memorandum on the “League of Young Worshippers and the Attendance of Children at Church” and examines several different avenues of approach to the problem, affecting practice in both Sunday School and Church Service.  A responsive “Opening Service of a School” is appended.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p43
PDF icon The Training of Children in Worship5.25 MB

The Rev D S McGillivray, MA, Glasgow

Duncan S. MacGillivray describes a nativity play presented the previous Christmas in the Cathedral, after four years in Govan Old Parish Church, for which it had been devised.  In his judgement  it had “the merit….of containing no spoken word (save) the intermittent reading of the Gospel record, and carols sung by a screened choir”.   An indication of its effect on participants and audiences is added.   2 illustrations.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p54
PDF icon A Nativity Play in Glasgow Cathedral3.35 MB

The Rev W T Cairns, DD, Edinburgh

William T Cairns uses his recent acquisition of a copy (1754) of Offices of Devotion by an English Puritan Divine, James Foster, to describe the volume, rather more than half the pages of which are in manuscript, apparently written by William Cameron and containing carefully wrought prayers of which he was the author.  He goes on to give details of Cameron’s life as a student of James Beattie in Aberdeen, as the most active member of the Committee on Paraphrases, and as Minister of Kirknewton.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p60

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William George Sym, M.D., Surgeon, Elder in St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh, and member of Council of the Society

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p71
PDF icon In Memoriam409.82 KB

Millar Patrick, William McMillan, Andrew L Drummond

Millar Patrick contributes notices of
     Church Music in History and Practice: Studies in the Praise of God by Winfred Douglas  
     Hymnody Past and Present by C S Phillips

William McMillan contributes notices of
     The Anaphora or Great Eucharistic Prayer.  An Eirenical Study in Liturgical History by Walter Howard Frere
     The Worshipping Community by H C L Heywood
     What mean ye by this service? by S C Carpenter
     The Parish Communion.  A Book of Essays edited by A G Hebert 
     The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described by Adrian Fortescue (sixth, revised, edition)
     The Mystery of Sacrifice.  A Meditation on the Liturgy by Evelyn Underhill
     The Highway of Praise: An Introduction to Christian Hymnody by J R Fleming

Andrew L. Drummond notices
     Adventures in Light and Colour: An Introduction to the Stained Glass Craft by Charles
     J Connick

There is an unsigned notice of 
     Prayers for Everyday by J G Grant Fleming

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p72
PDF icon Reviews5.68 MB

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The Church presence at the Empire Exhibition, and the stained glass there
Embroidered Saltires on a ministerial scarf
The institution of The Scoto-Russian Fellowship of St Andrew
The forthcoming A G M of the Society to be addressed by Dr Nicholas Zernov
The publication of What is a living Church? by J S Whale, incorporating most of his address to the previous A G M
Halving of subscriptions to generate more widespread support
A list of the articles published in the first nine issues of the Annual.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p84
PDF icon Notes and Comments1.85 MB

Illustrations in this volume

Greyfriars Church (Interior)  -  Page 6
Greyfriars Church - from the North-West  -  Page 8
Greyfriars Church in 1637  -  Page 8
The Stable that was a PalaceFacing  -  Page 56
Mary and Elizabeth exchange Greetings  -  Page 57

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38
PDF icon Illustrations1.81 MB

The Rev W A Knowles, BD, Dalton,

William A  Knowles traces the beginnings of his theme to the early Christians’ sense of Christ in their midst and in the eucharist.  He identifies the four great families of liturgies, all distinguished by the same belief in the presence of Christ.  In some of these, worship is addressed directly to Christ.  Knowles would see the prayers of the Church ideally “presented to God the Father in the Name of the Eternal Son”.  The Roman tradition diverges from our own at certain points, but not in the supreme honour given to Christ.  In mediaeval times, the “mystery” of the Mass obscured rather than revealed Christ – a situation the Reformers set out to remedy.  The “work” of Christ was rediscovered, only to be obscured again in the worship of 18th century Scotland.  The rise of hymnody in the 19th century, the study of liturgies, the Church Service Society and a greater frequency of Holy Communion have done much to reinstate Christ at the heart of the Scottish Church’s life and worship.

Reference: Volume 09 1936-37, p3

Henry F Kerr, ARIBA, FIAS, FSA Scot, Edinburgh

Henry F. Kerr draws attention to Orkney’s Norse heritage in the circular church at Orphir and the two-chambered barrel-vaulted church at Egilsay.  The Cathedral of St Olaf at Kirkwall was erected at the behest of Earl Rognvald to commemorate his saintly kinsman, Earl Magnus, who was murdered at Egilsay.  The church is described in considerable detail, comparisons being made with other Scottish churches in respect of dimensions.  The size of St Magnus Cathedral is arresting.   Durham and Dunfermline have been regarded as prototypes. It was, of course, an outpost of the Kingdom of Norway.  The history of its building - and of the Earl Rognvald who saw to its construction – is interestingly recounted, and its distinctive features are described.  The author concludes with an expression of regret at intended “improvements” at the Reformation and
 in more recent times, principally involving the removal of much interior woodwork of note.

Reference: Volume 09 1936-37, p17
PDF icon St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall4.06 MB