The History of Leith

February 2, 2013

Lesser excommunication

6 January 1704.—George McCaulla who is
under ye lesser excommunicatione came to the
Session desyring the same to be taken off and
to be received into ye church priviledges again
upon his removeing the scandall according to ye
order of the Church. The Session referres the
affair to ye presbitry for advyce.
(Note.—The sentence of lesser excommunication
meant suspension from the Lord’s table, or from
” sealling ordinances” as it is termed in several
Minutes. It was intended to indicate that the offender
was a heinous person, not fit to be a worthy communicant
until a different spirit came over him.)

source-South Leith Records

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