I am watching a live stream on Russian TV of the Christmas Divine Liturgy. The feed started in the Moscow Cathedral and then cut to Vladimir Putin’s church, where he seemed to be following the prayers attentively. Then it returned to Moscow and Patriarch Kiril.
A couple observations. First, the liturgy is at midnight and not at 9:30.
Next…. look at all those CROWNS! Look at all that GOLD! What’s with all that tradition and rigid adherence to the way it has always been?
Meanwhile… back at the dacha…
And back to Moscow…
I suppose some people will want to titter at all this and suggest that it somehow isn’t manly.
Lots more singing and then they closed the doors. They closed the doors and the TV feed of what was going on was suspended!
Our Rite and theirs manifest the apophatic dimension of worship: at certain times your senses must be deprived. In the East you see certain things at certain times, and your view is obscured. The same goes for the West. Showing everything all the time to everyone eviscerates our rites.