Western Rite Critic

A Balance to Contagious Enthusiasm

Framing the Debate

Fr. Alexander Schmemann: “I term these tensions inescapable because, in the last analysis, they are rooted in a simple and equally inescapable fact: that the question of rites is precisely not, has never been, and cannot be, a mere question of rites per se, but is and has always been a question of faith, of its wholeness and integrity. The liturgy embodies and expresses the faith, or better to say, the experience of the Church, and is that experience’s manifestation and communication. And, when rites, detached from this their nature and function, begin to be discussed in psychological terms of “acceptance” and “rejection,” or “likes and dislikes,” the debate concerning them becomes meaningless…” [ Full Article ]


December 29, 2007 - Posted by | Western Rite Liturgics, Western Rite Quotes | , , , , , ,

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