Post-holiday let-down has always been a speciality of mine; somehow I manage to get sick and have a lot of un-procrastinated tedious things to do all at once. Luckily I have some awesome new books to keep me in my imagination and out of pessimism. Here is a clip from one of them:
"The liturgy is the public worship of the church. The very word liturgy is from the Greek [unintelligible symbols I'm not sure how to type], meaning the work of the people. With few exceptions, save core pronouncements of Christ, the liturgy is a ritual founded upon the Church's interpretation of its mission. This mission seeks nothing less than transcendence, to create a timeless interval in an appropriate space where the laity and their God can meet in community. Although it sometimes has been viewed as a ritual entrenched in the past, the truth is that the liturgy has always been a mirror of its age. Liturgy always embodies a dynamic tension between tradition and innovation, between the faith and practices of one's ancestors and the charismatic power of the spirit in the Church. The changes in the liturgy during the Middle Ages--dictated by a host of factors, such as, for example, the reinterpretation of doctrine, increases in the Church's wealth, the growth of new religious orders, and the conversion of entire communities--often led to increased liturgical complexity."
"The Liturgy and the Literature of Saints' Lives", Thos. Heffernan
The Liturgy of the Medieval Church, eds. T. Heffernan & E. A. Matter
(2nd ed.; Medieval Institute Publications: Kalamazoo, 2005)