A detailed description and analysis of the 1969 Order for the Celebration of Marriage. It is noted that this is a model rather than a binding text, in tune with the relaxing of rigid uniformity that came to an end with Vatican II.
Volume 03, Number 02 Nov 1973
This is a paper read to the Dunkeld Fellowship in 1972. The unsuitability of language and concepts often encountered today has led to a poorer devotional life. The writer's earlier distinction made made between private and public prayer is now called in question. Renewal of the language of worship concerns much more than individual issues such as whether to use 'thee' or 'you'. Beauty of language can become an end in itself. If the language used today in worship often seems banal, is the language of The Book of Common Order found to be obscure by many? However, 'obscure' language may point to a fullness of faith and if we cannot aspire to this it guards against dilution of faith. This is not an age for definitive liturgy; we cannot live merely on the worship experience of past generations; new and old must be held together.
A sermon based on Mark 4:30 ' How shall we picture the Kingdom?', divided into four sections. 1. The picture is the indispensable medium of communication. It is important to allow these to speak and not conceptualise them into a theology. 2. The picture is power; Communion is cited, and the story of David in the Cave of Adullam. 3. The picture is motivation. The Good Samaritan is not something you conceptualise but something you do. 4. The picture is the message, where we often seek a hidden message.
This refers to a new Church of England liturgy. The paper divides into the categories of the title. Theological: there is a move from an Augustinian emphasis on the cleansing from sin to the Cyprianic on baptism as the entry into the church. Also, it is beginning of a process. Pastoral: the need for the involvement of the local church; the parents are expected to profess and practice the faith; preparation is needed; there should be no extra-parochial baptisms. Liturgical: baptisms should be on Sunday, and at parish communion.
It is noted that the Presbyterians had now united with the Congregationalists to make the United Reformed Church. The book in question had been published in 1968. Since then, much discussion, around the circulation of papers, co-incidentally taking place inspired by the Uppsala Report on worship in both constituent parts of the church, was taking place. Significant developments were: a growing observance of the Christian Year, the writing of new creeds, experimentation in worship, more frequent and varied celebration of the Lord's Supper. There was a strong desire for change in church music.
Dearth of organists had led to the practice of pre-recording the accompaniments for services. This paper discusses the details of this, pitfalls and possibilities.
This second article consists in the main with personal testimony and description of situations and experiences of charismatic renewal. It concludes with evidence of a change of attitude in the Church towards these practices.
The first part of the article examines some of the statistical evidence related to public and private prayer in Britain, the second draws tentative conclusions about the significance of these findings for people's attitudes in general. The conclusion is that the findings of sociologists in these areas may be a mixed blessing for the liturgist.
This comprehensive article describes the practice and explores how far it contains dimensions peculiar to its cultural context and how far it is derived from earlier Lowland habit. The article encompasses both the development of psalm singing generally and the publications and initiatives relating to the Gaelic-speaking part of the church, citing many authorities.
Plate 1. Title Page of the 1635 Psalter
Plate 2. 1635 Psalter showing the Tunes
Plate 3. Joseph Mainzer: Gaelic Psalm Tunes of Ross-shire, 1844