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Thursday, 20 August 2009

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Was able to watch only a few seconds at the beginning of the re-broadcast of the latest episcopal installation in the US.
Noted with pleasure the genuflections on approaching the altar (tabernacle is presumably on central access behind altar of sacrifice.)
Noted with displeasure that wild applause, cheering and whooping broke out toward end of entrance processions.
Nothing so becomes a church as silence and good order. Noise belongs to theatres, and baths, and public processions, and market-places: but where doctrines, and such doctrines, are the subject of teaching, there should be stillness, and quiet, and calm reflection, and a haven of much repose.
- St. John Chrysostom

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