The Rite Before Christmas

I had an idea for an alternative worship midnight mass that I named ‘The Rite Before Christmas’. Obviously it is a joke, but equally obviously it is not. Unfortunately, there are Christians to whom the term ‘rite’ is like a red rag to a bull. If they are not assuming that the term refers to a satanist black mass, then they are railing at Roman Catholics and other liturgical churches for their ’empty rituals’. What they fail to recognise is that they have rituals of their own. Because these rituals are unexamined, they run a very strong risk of being as empty as any others. That is not to say that every traditional rite is authentic though they may be for someone.

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