In the United States, and most “Western” countries generally, there does not exist a distinct method of dress for Christians.
Schmemann’s main point, in my reading of the book, is this: The Eucharist is the entire service, the whole of the Liturgy.
Air that normally swirls far to the North of us has descended upon our happy hamlets, ok maybe semi-depressed sub-urban existence to make our teeth chatter.
The image of the cross immediately brings to mind that sacrifice. That symbol has been imbued with a power beyond mere words. Likewise the bread and wine of communion have been imbued with power. Jesus said we must eat his flesh and drink his blood.
A modern American low church, nondenominational experience seems like a bland saltine cracker compared to the majestic cake of ancient rites and liturgy.
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A Creed to teach some deep theological truths
Some pained reflections on Ireland