Re: [LutheransLookingEast] Liturgical Dance
- View SourceI would say that there is a place for religiously inspired dance, which
itself can be quite 'liturgical'. But, as Fr. John has noted, there is
simply no history of dance taking place in the Christian Church in any
widespread or consistent way - whatever an OT example may show (we have
dropped polygamy and monarchy, too).
In a traditionally served Byzantine Rite there is quite a lot of 'dance'
that takes place with all of the crosses, crossing and bowing, bowing,
crossing and prostrating, etc. all at their particular times. Then there is
the censing of the temple at various points during the services, which
requires the congregants to move out of the way of the Deacon or Priest, the
procession to the center of the nave, to the narthex, and even out to the
street or around the entire church building (or around the block in a city
parish such as mine) and you get quite a lot of motion - in addition to the
other Entrances Fr. John mentioned.
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> Subject: [LutheransLookingEast] Liturgical Dance
> I have a question. My wife has for years had a ministry in liturgical
> dance -- by which I mean, not wild or immodest gyrations, but a
> graceful interpretive movement that seeks to embody the Word appointed
> for the day. She has done this since she was thirteen, and it is a
> big part of her life.
> In the holy Scriptures I note that David danced before the Ark (much
> to the chagrin of his wife Michal if you recall), and Miriam on the
> shores of the Red Sea. I believe it is also true that, in limited
> fashion, there were rubrics in Toledo that in Christmas week the
> deacons and acolytes did a kind of dance.
> On the other hand, it is clear to me that Orthodox Divine Liturgy and
> Vespers would really have no place for such.
> Is there any context at all, in Orthodoxy, in which this would be
> recognized as a valid ministry?
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