What the Western church can learn from the Eastern Rite

In my early 20s, my faith life was in a rut. I attended Mass regularly but felt frustrated by elements of most Roman Catholic parishes I attended: rushed prayers, irrelevant homilies, and distracting folksy music. I participated—but perhaps not with my whole heart. I was attracted to the Latin Mass, which I appreciate for the solemnity and humility of the priest facing the altar, the sacred sound of Gregorian chant, and the dedication of the congregations devoted to it….

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