Tuesday, September 13

Celtic liturgy and practice

The past few weeks have been preparation for Saturday mass.  As the title of the post suggests, it was a celtic liturgy.  What does that mean?  Means a bunch of stuff in both the practice and philosophy.

The most obvious thing about the mass was the music, which was principally the wonderful music of br. Stephan Waligur.  There's no SLJ/OCP low-mass guitar stuff here, but rather a mashup of Taize meets Riverdance which seems to resonate with many of 'celtic' descent as if you tapped their lizard brain and poured 25yo scotch.

The other difference revolves around the change in liturgy and, more importantly, the reasons for the change.  The philosophy is that there is no break between the supernal and natural world.  Put differently, it is a rejection/refutation of the Manichean break between the good and enternal spiritual vs. the evil and temporary material.  The implications of this single shift are more profound and pervasive than one would initially anticipate.

If the supernal and natural are the same, then we talk about the Christ within/the Christ in all.  We as creations of the Divine are not marked by original sin (why would a benevolent Deity do such a thing? c.f. Luke 11:5-13), thus the Confiteor is mostly obscelesced.  I mean, yes, we sin and we do look for forgiveness, but that is because we're short-sighted and easily distracted from what is important, not because of come Calvinist/Augustinian idea of being worthless from conception as part of 'the Plan' by a loving and merciful God.  Further, you have the shockingly simple and profound statement at the beginning of the Holy Communion.  "Lord, you have made me worthy to receive you.  Only say the word and I shall be healed."

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