number of current
services are online
at the Scottish Episcopal Church's web site. These include the 1970 and
1982 Communion Offices, Daily Prayer,
Baptism, Marriage, Burial, and Ordination services. These are available
in several different formats.
and 1982 Communion Offices,
in Scots Gaelic
Prayer Book - the
1929 Scottish Book of Common Prayer
Book of Common Prayer of
of Common Prayer in Scots Gaelic: the
1662 BCP, including the Scottish Communion Office
Scottish Book of Common Prayer (Laud's
Scottish Liturgies of the Reign of James VI: A draft of the 1637 Book along with an extensive historical introduction and commentary.
Scottish Liturgy: Its Value in History, a
book by W. Perry, is online at the Internet Archive.
The Annotated Scottish Communion Office: reprints and discussion of the 1637 and 1764 offices, by John Dowden, is also online thanks to the Internet Archive.
Scottish Episcopal Church is the representative of the Anglican
Communion in Scotland. It is the result of a history in the Scottish
Church of struggles throughout the 16th and 17th centuries between
congregational and episcopal forms of liturgy and government. When
the dust finally settled, in 1689, Scotland was left with an established
church, the Church of Scotland, which is Presbyterian and has no
bishops, and an unestablished, independent, Scottish Episcopal Church,
which retained the traditional episcopal (meaning, with bishops)
forms, and the traditional liturgy. This Church, while closely related
to the Church of England in liturgical, structural, and many other
ways, nevertheless was often at odds with the English government,
as may be seen in the history of one of its parishes, Old
St. Paul's in Edinburgh.
Scottish Episcopal Church was thus the first of the many Churches
in the Anglican Communion to be independent of the Church of England.
Scottish Episcopal Church is important to the history of the Episcopal
Church in the U. S., as its independent nature allowed the consecration
of the first Episcopal bishop, Samuel Seabury, in 1784, without
his having to swear allegiance to the British crown. As a result,
the Communion rite adopted by the Episcopal Church in 1790 was closely
based on the Scottish liturgy, rather than the English.