From a reader:
Bless me Father for I have worshiped in a language I don’t understand, and heard the word "ineffable" no fewer than three times within the same worship experience.
That would have been singing at my local Russian Orthodox church on Thursday evening for a reader service (a truncated form of the Vigil because the priest was called away) for the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, the equivalent of our Presentation of the BVM in the Temple. And there’s no telling how many times they slipped "ineffable" into the Slavonic without me knowing.
Thank you for sharing, my friend.
I’m afraid it falls to me to fill you in on the harsh reality of your experience.
But don’t get the idea that I am judging you. You’re nice just the way you are.
First, as a subject of the so-called "Latin" faith community, still dominated by bishops and far-away-out-of-touch bureaucrats in Rome, you are clearly too stooopid to understand this sort of "sacral" language.
What have we been telling you all these years? Why go to such a place when it will upset you? Of course, as a non-Roman community of believers they automatically have advantages. But… you should think happy thoughts about them without actually praying with them. You never know what will happen if you do that. Best not to go at all.
Stick with the lame-duck ICEL "pastoral" prayers in a similarly reformed worship space where you won’t be distracted by any sense of the sacred or, Gaia forbid, have an encounter with mystery.
penance… er um…. happy thought for the day, think nice thoughts about Bp. Trautman and go sign your name on the petition of that guy in Seattle who has essentially regurgitated Trautman’s arguments.
But, finally… I don’t want you to feel any guilt. Clearly guilt is an outdated category. Try to look at these last few minutes as a nice chat more than anything else. In the future, you would do just as well to get a nice cup of fair-trade coffee in a recyclable cup somewhere within walking distance. Okay? Need a hug? No?
I affirm you in yourself in the name of the Creator, Redeemer and … Community Organizer.
Have an ineffable day!