Several reviewers listed

Our Heritage in Public Worship (1933 Kerr Lectures)  by D H Hislop;   Edinburgh, T & T Clark:  
reviewed by Thomas Marjoribanks
Vital Elements in Public Worship by J Ernest Rattenbury, Epworth Press;  reviewed by Millar Patrick
Divine Worship, Epworth Press;  reviewed by Millar Patrick
The Cathedrals of England by Harry Batsford and Charles Fry, London: B T Batsford Ltd
The English Abbey by F H Crossley, London: B T Batsford Ltd
The Parish Churches of England by    J Charles Cox, ed. Charles Bradley Ford, London: B T Batsford Ltd

Reference: Volume 08 1935-36
PDF icon Reviews4.61 MB

No Author Specified

Handbook to the Church Hymnary (Supplement)
The Scottish Service Book, for the Use of His Majesty’s Forces
Occasional Papers: 'A Year’s Praise' and 'Musical Services'

Reference: Volume 08 1935-36, p46
PDF icon Notes on Recent Church Publications4.43 MB

Illustrations in this volume

Dalmeny Church, from the South  -  Frontispiece
Dalmeny Church, Interior  -  Facing page 11
St Mary’s, Whitekirk, from the South  -  Facing page 28
St Mary’s, Whitekirk, Interior  -  Facing page 30
St Mary’s, Whitekirk, The Holy Table  -  Facing page 32
St Mary’s, Whitekirk, The Tithe Barn  -  Facing page 32

Reference: Volume 08 1935-36, p54
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The Rev Thomas Marjoribanks, DD, Morham

Thomas Marjoribanks emphasises the pioneering role of the Church Service Society, notes the work of members involved in the study of liturgy and examines the nature of the Sunday service before going on to reflect on the specific role of the Minister in it. He identifies that role as having two principle elements: as acting for the people to God and, on the other hand, for God to the people. It should not merely be informed by the Minister’s personal religious experience, but by the faith of the Church.

Reference: Volume 07 1934-35, p3
PDF icon The Minister in the Service4.16 MB

The Rev Millar Patrick, DD, Edinburgh

Patrick Millar looks at the recent origins of this ‘miniature cathedral’ of numerous architectural styles.  He refers to the legends of St Conan which moved Walter Douglas Campbell to plan and build the kirk; and of how his vision was shared and later carried forward by his sister, Helen.  The eclectic architecture, acquired furnishings and the association of Celtic saints’ names with its constituent parts are all described in a sympathetic manner, although the writer is aware of  reasons for the criticisms of the “purist” at every turn.

Reference: Volume 07 1934-35, p11
PDF icon St Conan’s Kirk, Loch Awe4.05 MB

The Rev Professor Georges V Florovsky, Institute of Orthodox Theology, Paris

Georges Florovsky sets out the eucharistic teaching of the Orthodox Church in relation, especially, to the meaning of “remembrance”.  The liturgical commemoration or anamnesis, he avers, involves not only the past, but a “re-presentation”.   The priestly invocation or epiklesis, by the action of the Holy Spirit, causes the change of  the elements into the Body and Blood of Christ.  In this way, the altar is “the Holy grave, in which the Heavenly Master is falling asleep.” The “musterion” or mystery enshrined in the Eucharist engenders our unworthiness, but allows us to participate in a continuous hymn of thanksgiving.   Imagery presents much virgin territory for
Kirk readers.

Reference: Volume 07 1934-35, p17

Herbert Wiseman Esq, MA, Director of Music, Edinburgh Education Committee

Herbert Wiseman, while not unmindful of the anomaly, welcomes [R C] Sir Richard Terry’s new 1935 edition of the 1635 Scottish Psalter.  It consists of two main sections: transference of the tune from the tenor part to the treble, with appropriate harmonisation; and the reprinting of the Psalter in its original form.  Wiseman then sets the Psalter in its historical context and surveys and evaluates some of the tunes adopted.  “The mawkish sentimental hymn-tune is a poor substitute 
for our old Psalm tunes.”  He looks forward in hope.

Reference: Volume 07 1934-35, p21

The Rev R G M Calderwood, MC, MA

R G M  Calderwood, in discussing his own experience of worship in the mission field, regards Kenya as a tabula rasa which allows scope for experimenting.  He points to the African as having “a fine natural instinct” for worship.  Ecumenical influences have also played a part in shaping services.  Printed forms exist and are helpful in curbing undue length (“prayers informative”) and contributing a structure to be followed.  In this respect, the Scottish input has both preserved 
freedom and provided traditional guidelines.

Reference: Volume 07 1934-35, p27
PDF icon Worship in Kenya 2.82 MB

The Rev A G Herbert, MA, Society of the Sacred Mission, Kelham

Of the Anglo-Catholic tradition, A G  Hebert reflects on its meaning for him and for the wider Church.  The Catholic tradition is compared with that of historic Protestantism:  both shared the old conception of the church service in which individualism was eschewed for a more corporate understanding of the ecclesia.  This differs radically from the Church being the means for the self-realisation of individuals.  Liturgical prayer, the sermon and the restoration of the eucharist in the Church’s life nourish the former.  The people of God are not spectators in this, but are themselves
offered up to God, through the action of the Spirit, Sunday by Sunday.

Reference: Volume 07 1934-35, p33
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The Rev William McMillan, Ph D, DD, FSA Scot, Dunfermline

William McMillan’s examines the account, in Buchanan’s History of Scotland, of the Holy Communion reputed to have been celebrated by George Wishart on the morning of his martyrdom in St Andrews.  There are few details of the order used.  But Buchanan, supplemented by David Lindsay of Pitscottie’s Historie and Cronicles, shed light on early Scottish Reformed practice. Preaching and Communion are conjoined; the uniqueness of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary;   his role as heavenly intercessor;  commemoration in the fullest sense, linked to the “spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God”.  Wishart also first partook himself.   Finally, comparison is made with later liturgies which influenced the Scottish tradition.

Reference: Volume 07 1934-35, p44

Illustrations in this volume

St Conan’s - Loch Awe, from the South-West  -  Frontispiece
St Conan’s - The Chancel  -  Facing page 11
St Conan’s - The Apse  -  Facing page 13
St Conan’s - The South Aisle  -  Facing page 15

Reference: Volume 07 1934-35
PDF icon Illustrations1.24 MB

Rev Wm. McMillan, Dunfermline. The Rev Wm Stevenson, Edinburgh. The Rev W D Maxwell, Glasgow.

The Eucharistic Doctrine of the Oxford Movement, by W H Mackean:  London, Putnam, 
reviewed by the Rev Wm McMillan, Dunfermline

The Mass of the Western Rite, by the Right Rev Dom Fernand Cabrol, Abbot of Farnborough,
tr. C M Anthony.  London, Sands & Co, reviewed by the Rev Wm. McMillan, Dunfermline

A Newman Prayer Book, London, Burns, Oates, & Washbourne, reviewed by the Rev Wm McMillan, 

Devotion and Discipleship:  A Collection of the Important Devotional Works of the Rev A H McNeile, 
, Cambridge, W Heffer & Sons Ltd, reviewed by the Rev Wm McMillan, Dunfermline

The Voice of Prayer.  Prayers of the Centuries, selected and arranged by H G Tunnicliff
London, Ivor, Nicholson & Watson Ltd;  reviewed by The Rev Wm McMillan, Dunfermline

Psychology and Sacraments, by Frank Craven Carter.  London, Williams & Norgate, 
reviewed by the Rev Wm McMillan, Dunfermline

Our National Church, by Canon Percy Dearmer.  London, Nisbet & Co Ltd, 
reviewed by the Rev Wm McMillan, Dunfermline

The Lutheran Origin of the Anglican Ordinal, by E C Messenger,  London, Burns, Oates, & Washbourne
reviewed by the Rev Wm McMillan, Dunfermline

The Church Architecture of Protestantism, by Andrew Landale Drummond.  Edinburgh, T & T Clark
reviewed by the Rev Wm McMillan, Dunfermline

Prayers for the Christian Year, The Church of Scotland Committee on Public Worship and Aids to 
Devotion.   OUP;  reviewed by The Rev Wm Stevenson, Edinburgh

John Hepburn and the Hebronites, by the Rev Wm  McMillan, St Leonard’s, Dunfermline.  James
Clarke & Co, Ltd;   reviewed by The Rev Wm Stevenson, Edinburgh

Le Culte:  Étude d’Histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses,  Vol. III by Robert Will, University of 
Strasbourg.  Paris, Félis Alcan, reviewed by The Rev W D Maxwell, Glasgow

Reference: Volume 07 1934-35
PDF icon Reviews3.51 MB

No Author Specified

An unattributed note which refers to two illustrations of the interior of the Church (architect: Leslie G Thomson) of which the underlying theme is the Ascension, and gives details of the artists and craftspeople responsible for the chancel furnishing.

Reference: Volume 06 1933-34, p3
PDF icon The Reid Memorial Church, Edinburgh2.78 MB

The Rev Professor G A Johnston Ross, DD, Honolulu, formerly of Union Theological Seminary, New York

Starting from his belief that public worship cannot be made really effective unless  there be in the hearts of the worshippers a vital and awe-inspiring conception of God, and drawing upon his experience in Honolulu, G A  Johnston Ross calls for arrangements in church buildings which foster devotion.

Reference: Volume 06 1933-34, p5
PDF icon Some Conditions of Improved Worship3.17 MB

The Rev William McMillan, Ph D, DD, FSA Scot, Dunfermline

William McMillan discusses in detail 18th century variations in sacramental practice and the controversy arising therefrom.   At its sharpest in the Anti-Burgher wing of the Secession, this arose from varying understandings of the degree of precision to be attached to the word “took” in the dominical words of institution and gave rise at one point to a “Lifter Presbytery”.   Sidelights are also cast on other aspects of liturgical practice.

Reference: Volume 06 1933-34, p9
PDF icon The Lifter Controversy15.15 MB