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  1. I have a friend who married into catholicism. When I ask him what he did on any given Sunday his answer usually goes like this: “I woke up, took the dog for a walk, went to Catholic Aerobics, tried to sing some songs I don’t know the words to, came home and iced my knees, went out to lunch… “

    Comment by Hunk Oman — 03/27/2006 @ 10:01:58 AM

  2. Could have been worse. He could have married into a family of whirling dervishes.

    And Greek Orthodox, which is what I’ve got, is pretty much the same thing. It’s a little more acute — I can actually understand the chants (mostly, except for the medieval lyrics).

    Comment by CT — 03/28/2006 @ 02:53:32 PM

  3. I tend to find the physical actions — as well as some of the rote speech — adds quite a lot to ritual when it’s done for the right reasons. For many traditions, it’s a meditation key, a path to altered mental states, or at the very least a real-world expression of one’s relationship to deity.

    In most mainstream Christian churches, however, it’s more about “respect”, and that “respect” is parsed more as respect for the preacher, minister, or priest than it is personal. You stand up for a priest, you stand up for a judge, yadda yadda.

    Comment by Thud — 04/02/2021 @ 08:26:45 AM

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