Continuing from yesterday’s post on dancing…
Some, of course, have built their places of worship with a sloping floor – explicitly so that the space can never be used for dancing! Some think dancing is sinful – even outside of worship…
Choreographing the Trinity
Gregory of Nazianzus used the term perichoresis (περιχωρησις) for the relationship between the persons of the Trinity. This term derives from peri “around” and choreio “dance.” In English our word choreography derives from this. God’s inner relationship is like that of a dance. Gregory’s image was picked up by John of Damascus, and is used by contemporary theologians such as C. Baxter Kruger, Jurgen Moltmann, Miroslav Volf, and John Zizioulas. [In the scriptures the word only occurs in the Septuagint in Genesis 13:10 and in Matthew 14:35 – in both cases it is used to “dwell around”].
Each year, when Jews conclude reading the Torah through, they dance with the scrolls on the feast of Simchat Torah:
More dancing and worship
The Community of the Beatitudes (a mixed Roman Catholic community of men and women, celibate, single, married, and families) also incorporate Jewish-style dancing into their community life. I am unable to locate an online video of this dancing – possibly one of my readers can find one. Our local Beatitudes community is at Leithfield Beach just North of Christchurch. (More info)
I have been urged to embed the Easter Vigil service from St Gregory of Nyssa. This includes dancing:
- Christian Simchat Torah?
- Lord of the Dance
- Dance – a model for evangelism
- Sukkot – Simchat Torah – Lectionary
- Trinity Sunday sermon