The Liturgy: Our Old Friend
I was reading the latest issue of Touchstone and ran into a striking observation quote in the opening editorial. The author was writing about Christmas Carols, but said this, and I’ve inserted a couple words to drive the point home:
Like the oldest and best liturgies, these songs are no one’s personal property, time and usage have wiped away nearly all distracting fingerprints of authorship and "originality." Instead, they belong to all of us. They are old friends to us, and like the best old friends, they are comfortable and reassuring, and yet also full of mysteries and surprises and strange, hidden delights. Our Christmas Carols [our historic liturgies] are among the most precious shared possession of our fragmenting, fraying culture [Synod/Church], and for all that we abuse them and demean them, they seem to remain imperishable.
"God Rest Ye Merry: On Celebrating the Darker Meaning of Christmas"
by Wilfred McClay