Monday, July 19, 2010

"We could take a cue from Orthodoxy, whose priests stand with their backs to
their congregation, leading a liturgy that is neither clever nor impassioned,
but simply beautiful, like stone smoothed by centuries of rhythmic tides.
It's an austere ritual, in the sense of - there's nothing new here; it's
sublime, in the sense of - creating a clearer view into Heaven. The priest
can be any priest. Who he is, what he looks like, how he speaks, and what
he thinks matter little. He hasn't written the service that he
officiates. It isn't about him or his prowess. He's an interchangeable
functionary draped in brocaded robes, obscured by incense, and, as such,
never points to himself, a flawed human, pointing ever and only to the
Perfection of the Mysterious Divine. That is the role of every priest or
preacher - invisibility, while making God seen."

Taken from the the First Radio Parish Church of America

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