So much for a vacation.
Time to get back to work I suppose.
Over the next while I want to take a look at chapter seven (In All Places) in a Marianne H. Micks book, The Future Present: The Phenomenon of
Micks, who I presume is Episcopalian, takes a phenomenological vantage point of our eschatological hope made present in the liturgy. The first part of her text wrestles with the hearkening of that future reality embodied in ritual. The second half suggests what that reality is like in the present. It is in this section that she deals with concepts of place/space.
Micks points out the spatial character of the Eucharistic prayers.
Eucharistic Prayers A – D share these responses.
Celebrant The Lord be with you. Eucharistic Prayer A & B share this wording.
People And also with you.
Celebrant Lift up your hearts.
People We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People It is right to give him thanks and praise.
“It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every‑
where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth.”
Eucharistic Prayer A & B share this wording.
Eucharistic Prayer C
“At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of
interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses,
and this fragile earth, our island home.
By your will they were created and have their being.”
While all prayers contain some form of tangible reality in terms of creation and place, C is my favorite.
Micks suggests, “Such activity in such a place cannot be understood only in the language of time.” I agree. We must try to re-imagine the
Micks asks what are we to do with our ancient (and for modernity, bankrupt) metaphors that plead us to “lift up our hearts” when we know that God is not “up” there? The modern emphasis demanded that we reclaim concepts of transcendence from notions of space/place thus freeing both God and humanity from the bondage of topography. Micks is right to point out modernity’s distrustful impetus here, but I feel she even underestimates the differences that this makes for cosmology. She a