[Milton-L] Memorization

James Rovira jrovira at drew.edu
Mon Feb 23 15:00:08 EST 2004

Thanks much for sharing the experience.  I've come at it from both 
angles.  I see it as work either way -- in a church that employs set 
liturgy, I find I have to work to put myself into it, and it tends to 
move by me faster than I'm able to do that (this is probably a function 
of my lack of recent experience, though).  In a church that doesn't, I 
still have to work, but have more time.  But then, there's AW Tozer's 
observation about the non-liturgical service: it still has a liturgy, 
just not a very good one.


gilliaca at jmu.edu wrote:

>>I suppose I can let the Anglicans speak for themselves, eh?
>This Angican could probably reel off large chuncks of the 
>liturgy from memory, from the heart too. As one who leads 
>worship, I am always glad to have the Altar Book where I can 
>see it.  More experienced priests than I say it's really 
>humiliating to say, forget the words to The Lord's Prayer.
>For me the genius of using a set but also flexible liturgy is 
>that I come to the same words each time from somewhat or 
>dramatically different place in my life in the world, my 
>prayer life. I don't have to invent words for there I am - 
>they are there, and I don't have to remember all that I 
>should be praying for - it's there in front of me.
>Cynthia A. Gilliatt
>English Department, JMU

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