I was reminded this weekend by a bishop of a quote. Anna Pavlova following a wonderful performance was asked the meaning of the dance. She replied, “If I could say it, do you think I should have danced it?” How often we attempt to do this to sacraments, symbols, and liturgy. Even leaders of worship tell people what a symbol means. If it needs an explanation, is it really a symbol? And by giving the explanation are you not destroying the multivalent nature of the symbol? Reducing its multi-dimensional nature to one or few dimensions?
Some other quotes from Pavlova that I connect with worship, and leading worship:
“No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.”
“Master technique and then forget about it and be natural.”
(How I wish leaders of liturgy would understand that lesson!)
And just for fun, a video I’ve embedded previously:
And a kiwi version is here