Everybody’s talking about the pope. Since I’m a protestant his resignation doesn’t have any huge direct influence on my faith (I’ll save the discussion about the social and political ramifications for another day. Or maybe for never.) but it has made me think.
I love Catholic worship. I think there is something so extraordinary beautiful in the pomp and circumstance of Mass. I get carried away in the beauty of the robes and the incense and the gorgeous candlesticks and the life-like statues and the ornate buildings. It fills me with wonder. It makes me feel small and meek and humble. It fills me with “awe.”
I think that is missing from protestant worship.
Of course, that’s a very general statement. I have attended protestant worship services that were very much filled with the awe-inspiring Spirit of God. But as a rule, we protestants, especially in modern-day America, think of…
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