[Milton-L] Memorization

gilliaca at jmu.edu gilliaca at jmu.edu
Mon Feb 23 19:30:53 EST 2004

 I see it as work either way 
Well, the word liturgy means work - the work or the people, 
or public work.

One thing that I notice when I worship at other Protestant 
churches - usually at funerals for academic colleagues - is 
how little work to congregation does by comparison with usual 
Episcopal funerals and other worship. 

In Epsicopal worship, we stand, we sit, we sing, we pray out 
loud in unison with the celebrant, we respond [The Lord be 
with you! And also with you! etc], stand to sing, to hear the 
Gospel read, kneel to pray ... we work!

Often in other traditions the congregation sits, is prayed 
at, preached at [yes, we do that too], sits and sings, sits 
and listens to others singing - says/prays out loud very 

Of course, a friend of mine who is a Friend says, only 
Episcopalians could sing, with loud organ accomapniment, a 
hymn calling for all mortal flesh to be silent!

Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU
JMU Safe Zones participant
"You have made God in your own image when God hates the same people you hate." Fr. John Weston

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