Dr Nicholas Zernov, Lecturer in Russian Church History at the School of Slavonic Studies, London University

Nicolas Zernov seeks to lessen the mutual ignorance and misunderstanding between Eastern and Western Christendom, noting the significance of the word ‘Mysteries’ and the absence of a defined number of sacraments.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p3

The Rev Professor G D Henderson, DD, D Litt, Aberdeen

G  D  Henderson gives an account of the history of the building, its furnishings and varying use since 1505.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p12
PDF icon Our Scottish University Chapels2.48 MB

The Rev T B Stewart Thomson, MC, BD, Edinburgh

T  B  Stewart Thomson gives a brief account of the varieties of practice from apostolic times before surveying post-Reformation Scottish usage of the word, and practice of, ‘confirmation’.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p17

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

W  W D Gardiner, against a background of the ecclesiastical consequences of the southward drift of the control of many Scottish organisations and of Irish immigration, calls for a re-appropriation of the proper heritage “both Catholic and Reformed” of the Scottish Church with its roots in the Celtic liturgy and in the reforms of Margaret and of 1560, and noting the controlling influence, during most of that time of the service of Holy Communion.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p22
PDF icon The Scottish Tradition in Worship2.28 MB

The Rev William A Alston, Melbourne. The Rev J Bruce Gardiner, DD, Johannesburg.

I. Victoria, Australia
The Rev William A Alston, Melbourne

William A  Alston surveys the progress in Australia of the ideals and practices fostered by the Church Service Society and its counterpart in Victoria (founded 1925) and refers to some notable buildings.

II. South Africa  
The Rev J Bruce Gardiner, DD, Johannesburg

J  Bruce Gardiner gives an account of worship in the largest Presbyterian (Dutch Reformed) Churches in South Africa before noting the variety of practice in English-speaking Presbyterianism.  No evidence is provided of the existence of a kindred society but the previous year’s Assembly had revived a committee to foster care and concern for worship. 

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p27

The Rev Andrew L Drummond, BD, Ph D, STM, Alva

Andrew L  Drummond provides an assessment in three sections.  The first clears away misconceptions regarding wholesale puritan rejection of set forms in the seventeenth century and traces 18th century evolution in the Independent or Congregational tradition and the rise of Methodism; the second looks at the effects of the increasingly Unitarian character of the older English Presbyterianism; and the third sets out from the ‘epoch-making’ work of Dr John Hunter to survey twentieth century developments.   

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p32

The Rev Millar Patrick DD, Edinburgh

Millar Patrick provides a vigorous riposte to an assertion in The Oxford Companion to Music, tracing the developments of psalm versions in Scotland from 1564 and looking in detail  at the relationship of the 1650 version to those of Francis Rous and of the Westminster Assembly.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p43
PDF icon The Old Scottish Psalms7.38 MB

The Rev R J Thomson BD, Bothwell

R  J  Thomson describes a volume in the custody of the Kirk Session of Bothwell.  One of only two known copies of the 2nd edition of the forerunner of the Book of Common Order - printed in Geneva in 1558 – it contains  (I) “The Forme of Prayers and Ministration of the Sacraments”,  (II) “Psalmes of David” (of which, as yet, only 62 had been translated, as compared to 51 in the first edition,  and (III) “The Catechisme” of John Calvin.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p57
PDF icon A Bibliographical Treasure5.5 MB

William McMillan

William McMillan contributes review of

The Treatise on the Apostolic Tradition of St Hippolytus of Rome: Bishop and Martyr, edited by Gregory Dix
The Riddle of the Diacé ,by F. E.Vokes
An Introduction to the Study of Eastern Liturgies, adapted from the French of Sevérien Salaville with a Preface 
and Additional  Notes by John M. T  Barton; and a note on an intended annual, Modern Sacred Art,edited by Joan Sands.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p69
PDF icon Reviews1.51 MB

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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