Tuesday, November 22, 2005
It is the tradition of some Orthodox churches and monasteries to have a rite of mutual forgiveness akin to that on the Sunday of Forgiveness at each Eucharistic service, right before the distribution of the gifts of consecrated bread and wine, with each communicant going to the centre of the temple and bowing to the assembled faithful, humbly asking their forgiveness.
—Rev. Deacon Geoffrey Ready, 'Love Is Granted from Heaven': Forgiveness in the Orthodox Christian Tradition
This, rather than the “Sign of Peace” would be more appropriate where the sign of peace now is in the Mass. But there are apparently different meanings to this sign. See Thomas J. Reese, S.J., In the Catholic Church, a Kiss is Never Just a Kiss (a superficial discussion).
The Mass is not a work of art, but it would be good if someone competent wrote on “The Mass as a Work of Art.”
Mark here from Syracuse to share Thanksgiving with us.
Spengler on Franz Rosenzweig.