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Old Oct 9, '12, 3:13 am
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Default Re: Is there quiet time in a Divine Liturgy for personal reflection?

Originally Posted by CDB1718 View Post
One of the things I appreciate about the Byzantine liturgy is the individual diversity. One person is lighting candles, one is reverencing an icon with his daughter, one is making the Sign of the Cross to unite herself with a petition mentioned in the litany, one is standing, one is sitting. There are only a few times in the Liturgy everyone is expected to stop what they're doing and focus on the same thing. The priest comes out to the nave and the deacon tells everyone to be attentive when those times come.

We are all able to meet the Lord where we are during the liturgy. What I see on this thread is examples of how different people are able to engage the liturgy and meet the Lord. It works for them. The beauty of the Byzantine liturgy is that they have the freedom to pursue it.
Exactly. Thank you for sharing your perspective.
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Old Oct 10, '12, 6:06 pm
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Default Re: Is there quiet time in a Divine Liturgy for personal reflection?

I love how it fills all the senses. Sight, sound, smell, even taste and touch.

The riotous illustration with iconography, teaching through story cues and shared stories. The overt symbolism of the processions, the deacon's entrances and exits...
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