Thursday, August 24, 2006

Read the black, do the red.

It’s not that difficult, is it? Fr Tim comments on this pithy aphorism of Fr Philip Powell OP.

Some notes from Roger Scruton on meticulousness in the sacred:

“Sacred rites and observances are in a certain sense meticulous. Their purpose and power lie in their exact performance. Like magic spells (to which they are closely related) they must be performed to the letter, without error, as custom dictates. Mistakes may be made: but it is important that they be mistakes rather than innovations, since any spontaneous innovation carries a risk of sacrilege.”

- An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture, St Augustine’s Press, 1998


Blogger 1dayin7 said...

Hmmm... Scruton is usually not too bad.

However, here he has not hit the heights of a Catholic sense of liturgy.

We do not follow the rubrics etc only from a rather superstitious sense that we must toe the line - we want to identify with the Church, whom Christ has identified with Himself.

And we do that by repitition. Catechesis means "echoing", and in a sense, that is the Liturgy, the "echo" of Christ Himself, in hearts, minds and deeds, which spreads and fills the whole world, and gets louder instead of quieter as the years go by!

11:32 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

I think the point he makes about innovation risking sacrilege is perhaps the most apposite point.

12:16 AM  

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