Re: [liturgy-l] Holy Saturday interactive family service
- Assuming (and given the "local Anglo-catholic" one would hope it's a
safe one) that this is a way of introducing children to Holy Week and
not a replacement for the vigil, I think it's a fine idea. What would
make it a great idea is to do it on Monday night, so that families could
then choose to experience )parts of) the real deal later in the week.
We need to remember that everything about holy week, from the palm
sunday processional through the lighting of the new fire, except for the
reading of the Johannine passion on Friday and the (all night) vigil on
holy Saturday were inventions to keep the tourists busy and out of
trouble in the various Disneylands of fourth- and fifth-century
christendom (Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Rome), and to some extent,
to more people to visit particular pilgrimage locales and contribute
more money. The liturgies didn't come down from Jesus or from first
principles. So, keep the traditions if they are meaningful, add to them
and educate. You're just doing what Cyril did by doing so.
- what on earth! I can just imagine this: Priest to acolyte: Where did you put my crotalus? Acolyte: what?
Liturgical trivia knows no boundaries!
Kind of like skufias and gremiales...
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Douglas Cowling <cowling.douglas@...> wrote:
> From: "Sean W. Reed" <anglican@...>
> As for as the noise Fortescue says:
> "...at the end the MC strikes the Bench or a book to make a sound; everyone
> in choir does so too. The server takes the candle from behind the altar..."
> Interesting rubric. I've only ever seen references to the officiant making
> the first sound. Some places use the crotalus.
> Doug Cowling
> Director of Music
> St. Philip's Church, Etobicoke