19 March 2017

I did it this very morning ...

Dom Gregory Dix on the importance of using given liturgy:
"[There is] a certain timelessness about the eucharistic action and an independence of its setting, in keeping with the stability in an ever-changing world of the forms of the liturgy themselves. At Constantinople they 'do this' yet with the identical words and gestures that they used while the silver trumpets of the Basileus still called across the Bosphorus, in what seems to us now the strange fairy-tale land of the Byzantine empire. In this twentieth century Charles de Foucauld in his hermitage in the Sahara 'did this' with the same rite as Cuthbert twelve centuries before in his hermitage on Lindisfarne in the Northern seas. This very morning I 'did this' with a set of texts which has not changed by more than a few syllables since Augustine used those very words at Canterbury on the third sunday of Easter in the summer after he landed."

5 comments:

mark wauck said...

Very eloquent.

Doodler said...

...as did I.....and shall do tomorrow (DV!)....

bjerabek said...

Father, would you please send me a citation for this quote? I would like possibly to use it in a paper I am publishing.
Fr. Bryan Jerabek
Birmingham, Alabama
fatherjerabek@outlook.com

El Codo said...

I cried when I read that Magnum Opus et arduum ,"The shape of the Liturgy"which is so profound and yet so gripping. Dom Gregory,pray for us as we will for you,stupor mundi.

Rose Marie said...

This is in line with a wondrous piece in the current print edition of First Things, also online at https://www.firstthings.com/article/2017/04/return-to-form. The title is "Return to Form" and the author is the German novelist Martin Mosebach, who also has a book out, The Heresy of Formlessness. Mr. Mosebach is arguing for the return of the timeless and irreplaceable treasure of the traditional form of the Roman Rite. He is fully aware of the difficulties but presents a persuasive case for the eventual restoration. Read him!