Volume 11 1938-39

The Scottish Tradition in Worship

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.

Kindred Movements in the Dominion Churches

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. 

The Public Worship of the English Free Churches

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.   

A Bibliographical Treasure. A Second Edition Copy of Knox’s Liturgy

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.


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.

Notes and Comments

No Author Specified

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


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