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February 17, 2007



Couldn't agree more. The liturgy - particularly the Burial Rite - is extremely important and needs to be done as prescribed: solemnly, deliberately, and reverently. The military is very, very good at it.

But my parish, and most of the Episcopal parishes I've been to, are in fact very careful to do rites properly. And of course many people observe the same thing - that the elegant and beautiful liturgies are what attract them to the church.

So I don't agree that the church in general doesn't do these things properly - even if it has "for a generation abjured the kind of formal ritual the marines maintain." Even churches that are fairly casual on any given Sunday get pretty serious for important occasions like this.

OTOH, it could just be the churches I've been to.

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