Is saying things speech?
Alan Leigh Armstrong
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Fri Jun 29 13:28:52 PDT 2001
Being an Anglican, my perspective may be slightly different than that of the
Roman and Orthodox churches.
That being said, the first half of the mass is analogous to political speech
in that it tries to convince the hearer to agree with the speaker. The
service starts, then there are usually readings from the old testament, the
Psalter, the epistles and the gospels. Then the preacher preaches on the
readings. The purpose is to convert the non-Christians present by the the
"truth of the gospel" and, in addition, to educate the Christians present.
After the Homily or sermon, the second half of the mass begins. In early
church history, those who had yet to become Christians left. The Christians
stand and affirm their faith by reciting the Nicene Creed. The service then
continues through the consecration and communion.
The second half of the mass is much different from the first. It is in
essence a conversation with God, though to the non-Christian, it may look
like a play.
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