Western Rite Critic

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Questions of Faith


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 their nature and function, begin to be discussed in terms of “acceptance” and “rejection” or “likes and dislikes”, the debate concerning them becomes meaningless. – Fr. Alexander Schmemann (SVTQ 24/4, 1980)

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January 11, 2008 - Posted by | Western Rite Questions | , , , , , , , ,

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