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

I The Rev W White Anderson, St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh, II The Rev A Nevile Davidson, St Enoch’s, Dundee

Two papers prepared for a conference of the Society, both of them reflecting, and addressed to, the situation of the time as seen by the writers.  
In I   W  White Anderson places the emphasis on “what”, whereas, 
in II  A Nevile Davidson gives more attention to “whether” and “for whom”.

Reference: Volume 06 1933-34, p28

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

Millar Patrick indicates that little evidence exists for the study of the subject.  Noting that Church music (like music in general) in Scotland had reached a very low ebb by these times, he asserts that the blame is not to be laid at the door of the Reformers but was due to “a pestilent type of Puritanism” imported from the South, he nevertheless takes a strongly positive view of the words-only1650 Psalter not only in the life and witness of the Covenanters  but in the spirituality of church and people to his own time

Reference: Volume 06 1933-34, p39
PDF icon The Psalmody of Covenanting Times8.93 MB

The Rev George T Wright, BD, St Serf’s, Edinburgh

George T. Wright contributes a long and defensive review of the Book, which he hails as requiring courage on the part of the Editors, the Public Worship Committee and of those choir-masters who introduce it. He dismisses many criticisms as misplaced and provides reasoned arguments against others in the light of the intended purposes of its compilers, which are to provided a standard of musical worthiness for all anthems sung in our churches and to make available a body of anthems (extraordinarily cheaply) of varying schools and degrees of difficulty.

Reference: Volume 06 1933-34, p51
PDF icon The Church Anthem Book7.63 MB

Sir Christopher Nicholson Johnston, Lord Sands, DD, LL D

Sir Christopher Nicholson Johnston, Lord Sands, DD, LL D
T B S T(homson) writes of one who was, inter alia, an Hon President of the Society, a Senator of the College of Justice, an ecclesiastical statesman, Procurator, Reader.

Reference: Volume 06 1933-34, p61
PDF icon In Memoriam 1033-341.22 MB

All anonymous

Prayers for Services:  A Manual for Leaders of Worship, compiled and edited by 
Morgan Phelps Noyes;   New York and London

A Free Church Liturgy, based on the Words of Holy Scripture, together with a simplified
Latin Rite and Orthodox Liturgy
, compiled and arranged by J P Oakden;  J M Dent & Sons Ltd

Memorials upon Several Occasions.  Prayers and Thanksgivings for Use in Public Worship; 

The History and Liturgy of the Sacraments, by Professor A Villien, tr. H W Edwards;  London

History of the Church of Foulis Easter, by Arthur B Dalgetty.  Dundee:  Harley & Cox

The Breviary:  Its History and Contents, by Dom Baudot, tr. the Benedictines of Stanbrook.
London and Edinburgh:  Sands & Company

Discipleship and Christian Worship.     A Study in the Mission of Christ and His Church, by 
Edward C Rich, Prebendary of St Paul’s;   London:  A R Mowbray & Co.

The Nation and the Nation’s Worship, by the Bishop of Norwich.  London:  Eyre & Spottiswoode

The Story of the Prayer Book, by Percy Dearmer;   London

The Gospel Sacraments, by J K Mozley, Canon of St Paul’s;   London

An Anthology of Prayer.  Compiled for Use in Church and Home, by A S T Fisher, 
late Abbot Scholar, Christ Church, Oxford   London

Reference: Volume 06 1933-34, p63
PDF icon Reviews 1933-343.19 MB

Illustrations in this volume

The Reid Memorial Church, Edinburgh: The Chancel  -  Frontispiece
The Reid Memorial Church, Edinburgh: The Communion Table  -  Facing page 4

Reference: Volume 06 1933-34
PDF icon Illustrations 1933-341.47 MB

No Author Specified

The frontispiece depicts the east end of the interior of St Leonard’s Church, Dunfermline, (architect: Dr Macgregor Chalmers).  The note refers to mural painting, carved woodwork, silver- copper- and iron-work, enamels, and embroidery, and to the large part played in the execution of these works by members of the congregation, including the minister, Dr William McMillan.

Reference: Volume 05 1932-33, p3
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The Rev Millar Patrick, DD, Craigmillar Park Church, Edinburgh

In his Presidential Address to the Society (May 1932) Dr Millar Patrick, with the professed aim of achieving an equal emphasis on Word and Sacrament, seeks (questionably?) to lay blame for the imbalance on certain aspects of the character of John Knox, as well as on other factors in Scottish history which led to an “excessive intellectualising of Scottish religion”.  That, it is argued, led to an undervaluing of imagination and symbolism and a turning “back to the legalism of Judaism”.  By way of redress he makes suggestions as to the prominent setting and suitable adornment of the Table (and to the establishing of an [advisory] Assembly Committee).

Reference: Volume 05 1932-33, p4
PDF icon Pulpit and Communion Table6.04 MB

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

Dr William McMillan gives the text of a fragment of the Communion Service used by John Knox (from a 16th century manuscript to be found in Dr Williams’ Library).  After a general biographical and historical introduction there are sections headed “Form of Worship”, “Praise”, “Communion”, “Communion Elements”, “History of the Communion Order”, “The Zurich Order”, “Reconstruction of Knox’s Order” and then the text of “The Order” itself with “A Prayer for the Congregation”.  There are numerous extended footnotes.

Reference: Volume 05 1932-33, p15
PDF icon Knox’s Berwick Communion Service7.16 MB

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

Noting that “private prayer can dispense with the arts, public prayer cannot”, Dr A L Drummond calls for a creative attitude to architecture and the arts in the building of churches.  Tracing developments from Colonial times in the USA, and in post-Reformation Germany, he notes that while in the former there were, under the influence of Dr Ralph Adams Cram, many excellent medieval-inspired buildings of the 20th century “there is but little radical modernism”, in Germany there had emerged a tradition-denying Functionalism that reduces architecture to machinery.   He concludes that “not engineering but biology should be the root idea of religious architecture” and suggests that change should be governed by a law of growth not by architectural revivalism.

Reference: Volume 05 1932-33, p37

Volume 05 1932-33

Dr William Cowan, having traced the roots of responsive elements in worship to Temple and Synagogue in Judaism, through early and later Christian usage, makes a plea for a stronger recovery in Scottish Presbyterian usage.  He cites examples from Waldensian usage, from Dr Rudolph Otto, and from children’s materials provided by the Church in Scotland.

Reference: Volume 05 1932-33, p54
PDF icon Responsive Services2.82 MB