Monday, May 17

Invisible Priest...


A comment reported on the Portland, Maine, television station, Channel 6:

"We could take a cue from Orthodoxy, whose priests stand with their backs to their congregation, leading a liturgy that is neither clever nor impassioned, but simply beautiful, like stone smoothed by centuries of rhythmic tides. It's an austere ritual, in the sense of - there's nothing new here; it's sublime, in the sense of - creating a clearer view into Heaven. The priest can be any priest. Who he is, what he looks like, how he speaks, and what he thinks matter little. He hasn't written the service that he officiates. It isn't about him or his prowess. He's an interchangeable functionary draped in brocaded robes, obscured by incense, and, as such, never points to himself, a flawed human, pointing ever and only to the Perfection of the Mysterious Divine. That is the role of every priest or preacher - invisibility, while making God seen."

3 comments:

Michelle M. said...

What a beautiful quote-- and from a news station, how surprising.

Even though it says, "The priest can be any priest", not any person can be a priest.

May God grant your husband many years as an invisible priest.

Bethany Hudson said...

That was beautiful. It reminds me about what I have read regarding the Western Rite Tridentine Mass. I feel that our Eastern Church brother and sisters retained something that the West lost with Vatican II. I hope that the continued witness of the Orthdox Church will help us to reclaim it.

Meg said...

I've seen a couple of references to this program, but didn't see the actual program -- even though I *live* close to Portland, ME. Do you have any idea if it was a special, or if it aired during a newscast, and what the reference was?

Bethany -- you have *no idea* how beautiful the Tridentine Mass was. But since becoming Orthodox, I have found the Orthodox Liturgy to be even more beautiful.

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