Pulpit and Communion Table

The late Rev Millar Patrick, MA, DD, President of the Society 1930-32

This paper is reproduced from the Annual of 1932-33 [check this] The failure of the Reformers to follow Calvin’s teaching about the centrality of Communion. Knox as a man deficient in imagination and did not appreciate the value of symbolism. Pulpit and preaching were the centre of interest in a time of fierce debate – the intellectualizing of religion. Other reasons for this overlooking of Communion. The contribution of symbol to the life of the spirit. Scripture bears out that our religion is one that makes itself intelligible through symbolism. Rare observance of the Sacrament has restricted its meaning. The paper argues – if frequent celebration cannot happen – that at least the Table be fully visible and not used for other purposes (war memorial, for example). Various ways of achieving this prominence are discussed.

Volume 26 1956, p11
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