A recent post on fb shows a church presumably in Latin America with couples singing praise music whole dancing with their partners. The headings asks, “discotheque or church?”.
The story is written and commented on primarily by conservative minded and Bible-Christians that are opposed to excesses in their communities.
Philosophical question; what about your church makes it intrinsically ‘sacred’ other than any other place?
I am formerly a Protestant pastor, I always wanted people to show reverence to church and specifically to the altar and platform area…
But we had no literal altar. Moreover, there was nothing that made the church building more sacred than any other space. What we did there, we could do anywhere; we pray at home, at stores on the street, I listen to and sing praise music in the car, at home and at work. I fellowship with other believers in Homes and in restaurants.
So what makes the Protestant Church more sacred than any other place?
It’s our “Holy Memory” that we remember when our ancestors had truly sacred spaces in church, when Jesus was truly present on the altar, in communion.
Our catholic ancestors converted from paganism and believed Jesus was truly present under the appearance of bread and wine on the altar and was truly bread from Heaven.
If God is is everywhere,but Jesus is physically present under the appearance of bread and wine in every Tabernacle in every Catholic Church In the world, then we have a reason to be reverent, respectfull and prayerful in the Presence of Our Precious Savior.
Now as a Catholic I recognize that when the priest says the words of consecration, just like St Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians, that what looks like bread and wine, truly and substantially becomes the body, blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord and Savior, and is Our Bread from Heaven.
Let us be pious in the Presence of Our great God and Savior and give the honor due Him.