2012 Thing on Thursday #6
We continue our series of questions on liturgy. Our poll asked about the most important elements of ritual liturgy, the third most popular element was the communal meal.
The breaking of bread together could be regarded, in a broad sense, as the oldest known ritual, older even than humanity. Its power to establish bonds of good will between participants are manifestly obvious.
What is not completely obvious is how precisely to ritualize this, with whom, and why. That’s the point of the poll today.
There are actually three polls today, inquiring into three relevant questions. In these polls, two terms need to be established:
- participants refers to people present and actively taking part in the ritual
- honored beings refers to any explicit recipient of honors in the ritual, symbolic or otherwise, be it a deity, spirit, ancestor, aspect of nature, ideal, or living person
Some may balk at first glance at a shared meal with an ideal, but think of the practice of a toast: “to health and happiness” or “to success” are perfectly common toasts. The drink is raised in honor of this recipient (symbolically shared with it?), then imbibed by the participants.
Please vote for as many as strongly appeal to you.
Please share your thoughts in the comments.
About Thing on Thursday
Each week from the Autumn Equinox until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday explores a new controversy. Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better. Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word. We value all constructive opinions.
There are only a few rules:
- be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
- be respectful – no rants or flames
Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism.
So please make your voice heard in the comments!