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“Non ita certandi cupidus quàm propter amorem
“Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”
The Discourse which follows the Prefatory Remarks on the S. Giles's Lectures, was delivered in S. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, on invitation of the Bishop, Dean, and Chapter : the First Part on Sunday evening, May 8; the Second Part on the following Sunday evening, May 15, 1881.
THE S. GILES’S LECTURES.
It is well known that during the last six months, twelve Lectures
upon Scottish Church History have been delivered fortnightly—first in Edinburgh, and afterwards in Glasgow —and subsequently published in succession, by twelve eminent clergymen of the Established Church. The undertaking, wise and judicious in itself, and for the most part executed in a corresponding manner, could not fail to excite very general interest.
Reading the Lectures, one after another, with the attention due alike to the character of the authors, and the importance of their subjects
First, we see lucidly set before us what Scotland gained by its conversion from heathenism to Christianity (Lect. 1).
Next, we follow the graphic sketches which represent to us what our country further gained from the devoted lives, and divinely assisted labours, of S. Ninian, S. Columba, S. Kentigern, and of our saintly Queen Margaret (Lect. 2).
Next, we mark the transition from the independent Celtic to the medieval Romanising Church, with the in