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…When people tell me that they find Mass boring, I want to say to them: it’s supposed to be boring, or at least seriously underwhelming. It’s a long-term education in becoming un-excited, since only that will enable us to dwell in a quiet bliss which doesn’t abstract from our present or our surroundings or our neighbor, but which increases our attention, our presence, and our appreciation for what is around us…

a quote from James Alison.

On page 861 of the BCP (TEC), the catechism asks:

Q. Is God’s activity limited to these rites?
A. God does not limit himself to these rites; they are patterns of countless ways by which God uses material things to reach out to us.

Is God’s activity limited to these rites – Is God’s activity limited to eucharist and baptism and so on? And the official answer of the church is, “no”. God does not limit himself to these; they are patterns of countless ways by which God uses material things to reach out to us.

God does not limit himself to eucharist and baptism and so on; eucharist and baptism and so on are patterns of countless ways by which God uses material things to reach out to us.

What we do in church is practising for the ordinary everyday lives we live outside of the church service.

In the sixth century Rule of St Benedict (Chapter 31) it says that we should treat everything “as if they were the sacred vessels of the altar”. We should have the same reverence for everything as we have reverence in church for the bread and wine, the chalice and altar. Everything in the world, in our lives, may look ordinary – but everything is shot through with the sacred, with meaning.

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