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The Lord’s Supper


SCM Press 1967

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While Barclay’s theology of the Lord’s Supper has been found wanting by some academics, considerable personal correspondence and requests to use the liturgy contained in this book shows that once again, for the ordinary reader, the author has managed to bring new meaning to what he claims has woefully become “a ritual rather than a reality.”

“When we can neither grasp nor teach the truth,” Barclay says, “It is better to get hold of some part of the truth which we can understand and on which we can act. All I have tried to do is to examine the history of the sacrament, and then to set down a view of it which I know is incomplete and which I know means something vital to those to whom it has been through the years presented.”

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Explore Barclay's theology in more detail with the SCM William Barclay Collection.

Key Features

  • Surveys the history of the Lord’s Supper throughout Christianity
  • Reveals Barclay's concern that the Lord's Supper has become a ritual rather than a reality
  • Includes a chapter on the order of communion service


  • The Necessity to Understand
  • The Problem of Date
  • The Problem of Words
  • Development or Complication
  • The Lord's Supper in the Reformed Churches
  • The Meaning of the Lord's Supper for Today
  • Order for a Communion Service

Praise for the Print Edition

Whatever more we may wish to say about this central act of Christian worship, Dr. Barclay has given us its heart, which is Jesus Christ himself, known, worshiped, loved, and obeyed. For this, every reader of his book will thank him.

—Norman Pittenger, late honorary senior member, King’s College, Cambridge

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About William Barclay

William Barclay (1907–1978) was an author, radio, and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister, and professor of divinity and biblical criticism at the University of Glasgow.

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