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Alexander Forbes of BrechinThe First Tractarian Bishop$

Rowan Strong

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263579.001.0001

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(p.259) Appendix Canon XXX

(p.259) Appendix Canon XXX

Alexander Forbes of Brechin
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The final Canon XXX read as follows:

Of Holy Communion

1. Whereas the Episcopal Church in Scotland, under the guidance of divers learned and orthodox Bishops, has long adopted and extensively used a Form for the celebration of the Holy Communion, known by the name of the ‘Scotch Communion Office’, it is hereby enacted that the adoption of the Book of Common Prayer as the Service Book of this Church shall not affect the practice of the Congregations of this Church which now use the said Scotch Communion Office. In such congregations the use of the said Scotch Communion Office shall be continued, unless the Incumbent and a majority of the Communicants shall concur in disusing it.

2. The Office of the Book of Common Prayer shall be used in all new Congregations, unless the majority of the applicants mentioned in Canon XX, section 1, shall declare to the Bishop at the time of sending their resolutions to him that they desire the use of the Scotch Office in the new Congregation, in which case the Bishop shall sanction such use. The use of the said Office shall be continued in such Congregation, unless the Clergyman and a majority of the Communicants shall concur in disusing it.

3. Whenever it may appear to the Bishop that any undue influence has been exercised in an application for the use of the Scotch Office, it shall be in his power to refuse such application, subject to an appeal to the Episcopal Synod.

4. At all Consecrations, Ordinations, and Synods, the Communion Office of the Book of Common Prayer shall be used.

5. In every Congregation the Holy Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper shall be administered on the Great Festivals of the Church, and at least once in every month, except under special circumstances, to be approved of by the Bishop.

6. In the use of either the Scotch or the English Office, no amalgamation, alteration, or interpolation whatever shall take place.

7. Every Clergyman shall observe the Rubrics applicable to the Office used.

8. When persons join a Congregation, with the intention of remaining therein, they shall, previously to receiving Holy Communion, produce, if required by the Clergyman, from the Incumbent of the Congregation to which they previously belonged, or, in the event of the Incumbency of the (p.260) Congregation being vacant, from a Communicant of this Church, an attestation that they are Communicants in the Episcopal Church.


[Code of Canons of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1863), 29–31.]