Monday, June 11, 2007

On Processions

The soul's movement towards God can be expressed with special clarity in the metaphor of walking; to the devoted person it even can become visible: what would otherwise remain merely an act of the mind or an emotional state becomes something objective, so to speak, as we walk....

Walking slowly in procession to the accompaniment of Gregorian hymns opens up a whole new world of spirituality. Gregorian hymns are not written in march tempo; prayer must always be a highly personal act if it is to have any meaning, and Gregorian chant has a power that does not compel; it actually prevents people walking in step and having identical thoughts....
—Martin Mosebach, The Heresy of Formlessness,pages 134-135.

Mosebach notes that the liturgy is full of processions, although now they are often in vestigial form.

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