Friday, June 22, 2007

Whoa, whoa, whoa, feelings
A good word from Mere Comments on objectivity and Godwardness, not to be confused with coldness. Feelings of course have their place. Mass-and-office Catholicism keeps them there.
I had never thought about it before, but now that I do, I think the Byzantine liturgy is entirely lacking in words about feelings. At least, sitting here, I can't think of a single word about how we (or I) feel that occurs in the Divine Liturgy or any other liturgical service I've been to. And I have never so consistently looked forward to going to worship as I have since I went east.

Okay, a possible exception: some of the Psalms do speak of feeling desolate. But those are usually chanted by a Reader and there is no suggestion that *I* am supposed to be feeling that way at that moment.

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