Saturday, December 10, 2005

Rehearsal of a Dream

I've had rituals on my mind after all this talk about what is and isn't appropriate worship on Christmas Sunday and I found this beautiful quote from Frederick Buechner:
A wedding. A handshake. A kiss. A coronation. A parade. A dance. A meal. A graduation. A Mass. A ritual is the performance of an intuition, the rehearsal of a dream, the playing of a game.

A sacrament is the breaking through of the sacred into the profane; a ritual is the ceremonial acting out of the profane in order to show forth its sacredness.

A sacrament is God offering his holiness to men; a ritual is men raising up the holiness of their humanity to God.


Friar Tuck said...

You are pretty into FB huu?

Kim Traynor said...

Lately, yeah. You know how sometimes you put on an old CD you haven't listened to in months and it's as if you are hearing it for the first time and you just can't get enough? That's sorta like what I'm going through with Frederick Buechner right now.