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The Criterion is not Recovery but the present Liturgy


Perhaps the criterion for evaluating liturgical thought is not a presumed recovery of something that died away, which assumes the neutrality or spirituality of the mind doing the recovery, but in fact the present liturgical rite as expressing the living Spirit.

“It is my deep conviction that the eastern liturgical tradition is alone today in having preserved, in spite of all historical “deficiencies”, the fullness of the Church’s lex orandi and constitutes, therefore, the criterion for all liturgical evaluations.” – Father Alexander Schmemann (1920-1983) (SVTQ 24/4, 1980) The Priest. A Newsletter for the Clergy of the Diocese of San Francisco. Issue No. 5, May 1996

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January 7, 2008 - Posted by | Western Rite Liturgics, Western Rite Quotes | , , , , , , ,

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