Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Our liturgical rites: the why...
“The holy founders who first elaborated the form of our rites, considering it wise to organize our sacred hierarchy on the model of the heavenly hierarchies which are not of this world, clothed these immaterial hierarchies in a variety of material symbols and forms in order to represent them to us, so that we might rise in an analogous way from these sacred signs to the simple and ineffable spiritual realities of which they are only the image. It is impossible, as a matter of fact, for our human minds to attain in an immaterial way to the imitation and contemplatioin of the heavenly hierarchies without the use of material means capable of guiding us, proportionate to our nature.’
-Pseudo-Dionysius: Heavenly Hierarchy, I (5th century)