Volume 04 1931-32

St Andrew’s Church, Jerusalem

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. 

“Apologia pro Sermone”

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. 

Professor Otto’s Liturgical Suggestions

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.

Mediaeval Survivals in Scottish Worship

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.

Modes of Intercession, Ancient and Modern

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.

Two Early Parent Liturgies of the Scottish ‘Book of Common Order’

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.”

The Future of our Public Worship

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.

Two Notable Books on Scottish Reformed Church Worship

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”.


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