Why are some Protestants (not all) so against the rituals of the liturgical faiths, especially Catholicism? For some, perhaps, it seems boring, it seems like you could go through it in your sleep without really engaging your mind and spirit. I can understand that because I thought that, and still do have some questions about it.
But… we are indeed creatures of ritual. We celebrate the same holidays every year at the same time of year. We need routine in our lives to feel any sort of peace… humans crave rhythm.
And even as a teacher, one of the foundations of literacy instruction is to make the structure of your literacy block predictable and routine, so the students don’t have to actively think to know what to do during writer’s workshop, for example… the reason for such routine is so their brains can be clear to think about the new things they are being taught.
Perhaps all the switch ups and the fancy set changes and the lights and the “newness” in some Protestant churches distracts our senses so much that we can’t focus on Jesus.
I do have to say that I don’t think all to do with Protestant church services is bad or even that it’s constantly changing. In fact, there is a rhythm and pattern to many of the orders of service in the churches we have been to. They just look different and don’t go as deep back in history as the rituals of the Catholic church. But, regardless, every church has a reason why it does things the way it does. Only in most Protestant cases the authority by which those decisions are made is the local congregation itself. And I’ve long frustrated with the showmanship of many Protestant churches that seem to have the main purpose in mind of being “relevant” vs. being “reverent.”
Is it possible that by learning about the history of the rituals in the Catholic mass, and participating in them, that my mind would be more free to focus on God and what he is teaching his believers?
Perhaps it would.
Note: I am drawing a decent amount from this article and adding my own thoughts as I process through this.