Hva kan vi lære av den ortodokse/østlige liturgien?

Amy Welborn har på sin blog nylig skrevet om flere besøk i katolske kirker med østlig ritus, og opplevd rikdommen fra «Kirkens andre lunge». Hun oppsummerer sin erfaringer i sju punkt:

Some things I think a Latin Rite Catholic, new to the Eastern Catholic liturgies, might learn or take away:

1) A sense of antiquity and rootedness.

2) An encounter with beautiful, prayerful liturgical traditions.

3) Physicality – lots of bowing and kissing of icons and crosses, crossing oneself and so on.

4) Amid the elaborate ritual and lengthy prayers, a relaxed sense of what the congregation does.

5) The organic integrity of the chanted liturgy.

6) A pretty direct encounter, I think, with the catechetical function of liturgy.

7) An insight, perhaps, even if you have never attended the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite, what that is all about.

I kommentarene til hennes innlegg, finner vi også flere interessante ting:

When trying to describe what liturgy should “feel” like, I tell people that the Latin Rite Mass should look more like the Eastern Rites than a Lutheran service.

…. it’s important to remember that much of this physicality consists of making physical gestures of humility, mortification, self-effacement, and penance, and not in celebrating the wonderfulness of one’s self or one’s community, as physical participation seems to be construed in some other versions of the liturgy.

… I’ve been privileged to attend Divine Liturgy. I’m always impressed by two things: how small I am and how great God is, and how much He loves us. It really is heaven meeting earth in a way that’s more tangible than the Latin Rite. It involves all the senses.

… The Mass, as it is celebrated in the Latin-rite parishes that I have attended, has been essentially “protestantized” – in most places, it seems that there has been a thorough and conscious effort to eliminate any sense of Divine Mystery. The elimination of chant and polyphony in favor of contemporary “songs,” the rejection of incense except for a few major feasts, the proliferation of lay “ministers” around the altar, communion in the hand rather than the tongue, and the casual laid-back attitude of most celebrants all contribute to the loss of the Sacred, the sense that it is truly God we encounter in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

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