Most reviewers are anonymous

Manual of Church Praise, According to the Use of the Church of Scotland
Church of Scotland Committee on Publications, reviewed by David S Merrow

The Book of Common Order of the United Church of Canada            
The United Church Publishing House, Toronto, reviewed by William Maxwell

Liturgy and Worship, ed. Dr W K Lowther Clark, London, SPCK

Ecclesia Anglicana, by G F Pollard, London

The Book of Common Worship (Revised) approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America;   Philadelphia

The Protestant Dictionary, new edition;   London:  The Harrison Trust

The Books of the Latin Liturgy, by Abbot Cabrol, OSB;   London:  Sands & Co.

The Oxford Movement in Scotland, by W Perry;   Cambridge University Press

Worship in Other Lands, by H P Thomson;   London:  Society for the Propagation of the Gospel

Private Prayers for a Week, Compiled by William Bright;   London: SPCK

Le Culte:  Étude d’Histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses, by Professor Robert Will, University of Strasbourg:  Paris.  Felix Alcan.

Reference: Volume 05 1932-33, p60
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Illustrations in this volume

St Leonard’s Church, Dunfermline (East End)  -  Frontispiece

Reference: Volume 05 1932-33
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The Rev Ninian Hill, Jerusalem

Starting from the observation that the churches of Jerusalem provide a microcosm of Church History,Ninian Hill celebrates the latest addition to their variety, the Church and Hospice erected as a Memorial to the Scots who lost their lives in the Holy Land in the Great War, but given by its local architect, A C Holliday, a character, described in some detail, appropriate to its setting and also to the “simplicity and dignity” of the style of worship to be offered there. 

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32, p3
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The Rev Professor Adam C Welch, Th D, DD, Edinburgh

Professor Adam C  Welch, in an address to the Society, deprecates the tendency which he observes among its members, to devalue the sermon in relation to the devotional parts of the service and seeks to rectify the matter by treating the whole service as primarily an act of faith in which prayer, praise and the witness of scripture and sermon play their distinctive and necessary part in building up the community in witness to its shared faith. 

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32, p8
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The Rev Professor H R Mackintosh, D Phil, Th D, DD, Edinburgh

Professor H R  Mackintosh describes proposals for liturgical reform in the Lutheran Church made by Rudolph Otto on the basis of ideas explored in his “original and provocative book”.   The Idea of the Holy, noting that “Otto is not primarily keen to make Church services interesting or attractive”, but to foster inwardness and recollectedness.  Otto’s ideas for regular Sunday morning services on the basis of  developing the Christian year with the assigning of a theme to each Sunday after Trinity are then explored and a quotation from Otto covering two pages is given.  Finally his ideas for the Communion service, not closely related to regular Sunday morning worship, are described.

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32, p12

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

Dr William McMillan, from his wide-ranging knowledge of the highways and byways of Scottish church history and practice, sets out to demonstrate that the claim of Knox and his colleagues to have brought back “the reverend fact of the primitive and Apostolick Churche” was not altogether justified and that many features of post-apostolic and mediaeval vocabulary and procedure remained.

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32, p21

The Very Rev William Perry, DD, Dean of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church

Dr William Perry, Dean of the Scottish Episcopal diocese of Edinburgh, writes to suggest some means of improvement in public intercession, and draws, inter alia, upon examples from early Christian worship, from the Eucharistic intercession of the Eastern Church, from the “Biddings” in  medieval Western practice and from the “English Prayer Book” of 1928.

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32, p35

The Rev William D Maxwell, BD, Ph D, St John’s, Kensington

Dr William Maxwell provides a translation (“literal rather than literary”) of two German texts which, as demonstrated in his previous article (Annual No.3, pp16-33), provide antecedents for the ScottishBook of Common Order.  They are I - ‘The Order of the Mass, as the Church at Strasburg now Celebrates it” (1525);  and II – “Concerning the Lord’s Supper or the Mass, and the Sermons.”

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32, p41
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The Rev Robert M Adamson, DD, St John’s, Ardrossan

R M Adamson makes some suggestions to help ensure that everything is done “decently and in order” in the conduct of a variety of services.

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32, p57

The Rev John W Baird, MA, Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews

John Wilson Baird finds much to commend in three books on “the philosophy and practice of public worship” published in 1927.  They are The Public Worship of God, by J R P Sclater; Ideas in Corporate Worship, by R S Simpson; and Christian Worship and its Future.  The writers all had their roots in British Presbyterian Churches and all of the books had their origin as lectures to divinity students, two of them in the United States, a fact which the reviewer sees as providing a helpfully wider perspective.

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32, p62
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The Rev Professor J H Baxter, BD, D Litt, St Mary’s College, St Andrews

J H  Baxter reviews The Worship of the Scottish Reformed Church, 1550-1638, by William McMillan as “a book to possess and enjoy, a veritable storehouse of curious and forgotten fact”; and John Knox’s Genevan Service Book, 1556, by William D Maxwell as “a volume of such detailed and exhaustive learning that his work will at once become, and will long remain, the standard and authoritative manual on the subject”.

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32, p74

Illustrations in this volume

St Andrew’s Church and Hospice, Jerusalem  -   Frontispiece
St Andrew’s Church, Jerusalem - Wrought-Iron Gates of Italian Workmanship  -  Facing page 4
St Andrew’s Church, Jerusalem - Looking Eastward  -  Facing page 5
St Andrew’s Church, Jerusalem - Looking Westward  -  Facing page 5

Reference: Volume 04 1931-32
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The Rev Oswald B Milligan, MC, BD, Corstorphine

The article marks the quin-centenary of this collegiate church, founded in 1429,  one of 41 such foundations with a constitution similar to that of a cathedral.  It was much altered in 1646, 'restored' by William Burn in 1828 and something of its original state recovered in 1905.  The author's description of the building includes reference to the services laid down for the college of clergy, an early example of Arabic numerals, and the lamp which guided pilgrims from the east.

Reference: Volume 03 1930-31, p3

The Rev G A Frank Knight, DD, FRSE, Glasgow

Traces of Eastern cults may be found on stone slabs, perhaps brought through oriental units in the Roman occupying army. Mithraism very nearly mastered the country. Christianity probably entered Britain through the Roman army and through trade. The British Church is often referred to in Latin writings. Its support of Athanasius of Alexandria against Arianism increased links with Egypt, and this latter connection was developed after the Romans left. Through it came the monastic system, by way of Gaul and Ireland. Its success was in part due to its compatibility with the clan system. The differences between this system and later Roman monastic systems are discussed, including details of Celtic monastic life and liturgy.

Reference: Volume 03 1930-31, p9

The Rev William D Maxwell, BD, Ph D, London

Maxwell develops the contention in the previous Annual that Calvin's main diet of worship does not have its source in the daily offices or choir offices but in the Eucharist.  After summarising the immediate history of the forms in the Scottish Book of Common Order at the Reformation, the writer offers a detailed account of the ancestry of the Book of Geneva from which it is derived, including the laying out in tabular form how the various sources were used.   He discusses Calvin's preference for weekly Communion, and the obstacles in his way.   Maxwell shows that the resulting form of service was a modification of the eucharistic order rather than the result of adopting another model.  This leads to the contention that the true Reformed tradition is the conduct of worship from the Table.  There is a final note on the “Reader's Service” in the early Reformed Church in Scotland.

Reference: Volume 03 1930-31, p16