Thursday, March 20, 2008

Liturgical Law

From Diogenes, commenting on Anglican Bishops' decision to polish shoes (instead of washing feet) on Maundy Thursday:

There seems to be some kind of mysterious spiritual law which dictates that whenever the clergy convince themselves the traditional liturgical symbols are too weak, the novelties they come with as substitutes are bad.

"Bad" hardly conveys the reality. "Frightful" may be more descriptive.

And it's not just "clergy." The LitWonk Crowd, not all of whom are ordained, have equally dreary and hackneyed imaginations. (CF your parish' Liturgy Committee; wall-hangings, anyone? Wretched music? Spandex-covered dancers?)

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