Anonymous said: High Church -- is is the way to go?
Let me pose a question to you.
A small village in Peru prepares to celebrate Holy Week in the same way it has done for as long as it can remember. On the eve of Palm Sunday the villagers prepare the processional carriage that will usher in the statue of Christ astride the donkey into the village, escorted by the priest and the villagers carrying palm fronds who lay them on the pathway. On Spy Wednesday, the statue of Judas is symbolically executed and blown up; come Holy Thursday, the Sacrament is reposed in an Altar of the most impressive silver. The townsfolk keep watch on their knees the until way past midnight. On Good Friday everyone marches solemnly in the Procession of Burial. The Veneration of the Cross is long and silent and filled with weeping. All throughout, the liturgies are Novus Ordo, celebrated with more naive piety than a thorough recourse to the rubrics. The vestments are polyester.
On another side of the world, Saint Swithun’s is also preparing to celebrate Holy Week. It has gathered its pool of convert priests to celebrate the triduum and to break in the parish’s newly commissioned Gothic cut vestments purchased from Watts and Co. The music director and the pastor are busily planning the church’s musical repertoire. Their mandate: to awe the faithless and to edify the faithful. Tenebrae is executed perfectly on Spy Wednesday, accompanied by Allegri’s Miserere. On Holy Thursday the Sacrament is also reposed for the veneration of the faithful (but unlike Peru, these people are more staid, representing, a more “mature, muscular Christianity”, far from that “weeping, wailing, feminine Christianity”). Good Friday is an exercise of stiff-upper lip decorousness and efficiency. There are no processions, and everything ends on time.
Which is high church?
- Accepted Trevor, of Norsham
- Redeemed Compton, of Battle
- Kill-Sin Pimple, of Witham
- Fly-Fornication Richardson, of Waldron
- Search-The-Scriptures Moreton, of Salehurst
- The-Peace-Of-God Knight, of Burwash
- Stand-Fast-On-High Stringer, of Crowhurst