Season after Pentecost, 2023
I think I will be writing an article called "New Puritanism: the destructive simplification of the liturgy to the point of absurdity" or something like that.
A quotation that will appear reads:
"We [Christians] risk becoming so uninteresting in the eyes of ourselves and this world that we come to think of ourselves, and to be regarded by this world, as just one more outfit in the standard repertoire of hardly interesting abnormalities; merely another luncheon club for those with ecclesiastical tastes. None shiver when we enter a room. Indeed, few notice.
To point out that one cause contributing to this trend is a reduction of the liturgy similar to reciting the libretto of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with guitar accompaniment does not usually succeed. To suggest that one way to begin reversing the trend is not to simplify Christian worship further but to enrich and expand it is not often heard with patience. But if liturgy both anchors and frames in normality a life of Christian orthodoxia, then restoring liturgy to its appropriate scale is more a requirement than a counsel. The liturgy must be rich and varied because the assembly of faith itself is rich and varied in its nature and operation, that is, catholic in the fullest and most basic sense.
Kavanagh, Aidan. Liturgical Theology.
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