Not one Christian worshipper in a thousand knows the origin and meaning of the thousand and one familiar things and practices that surround him in whatever church he worships. The Rev. Basil Minchin, vicar of Bedminster, Bristol, England, writes Outward and Visible for those who care enough about their worship and worshipping places to read of their history and significance. This is not a dull chronicle or encyclopaedia of dry definitions. Indeed, it adds life to worship by revealing the artful purpose of the many aids thereto so long taken for granted as of chief interest to the sexton or the altar guild or the church antiquarian. Though this book is written by an Anglican chiefly for Anglicans (Episcopalians) other Protestants who browse will learn a lot about their habits of worship too. The focus of the book is on the action of the Holy Communion.