I See Liturgy Everywhere Now

Posted December 7, 2013 @ 10:31am | by Tripp

The Liturgy:
I can see the liturgy everywhere
(an occupational hazard,
 one assumes),
in the liner notes of old albums,
and in the articles from
Rolling Stone.
With each new issue, a new Book of Common Prayer,
and Napster (of Holy Memory)
plagues my imagination,
it’s promised liberty creating
more problems in solving
One Big Problem.


Now:
Your rites flit from place to place,
earbud sermons,
and iPod litanies.
And the congregation wonders
why church is never as “good”
as the concert they heard last night.


Then:
Once we started singing into a can,
as far as I can tell,
though there’s an excelent case
for hymnals (mass produced)
or wandering holy jongleuers,
sponsored by a Crown,
our liturgies wandered about
free of control.
We held Councils in the West.
In the East, we coralled them up in other ways,
“our liturgies,” they said.


And:
Ever-changing, ubiquitous, inspirited,
unchained, unhindered, uncontrolled,
they flit about, and people do what they will;
this is The Liturgy
in the liner notes of an old Christmas album
or the digital booklet on
my computer. 

 
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