Today I called my choir director to make sure one of our performances was cancelled for tomorrow (trivial matter) and she then informed me of a Divine Liturgy taking place at the local Melkite parish tonight. Since I am always playing or singing mass somewhere on the weekends, I jumped at the opportunity to go. Well, the forcasters called for bad weather tonight but that didn’t stop me. So…it was basically my choir director, two of her kids, me, and two parishioners. It was a great experience, and my first at a Melkite parish. One thing it made me realize was how austere it makes our Traditional Latin Mass look. Yes you read that right, with all of its bells and smells, the chant, the complicated rubrics, and everything else…our liturgy is austere. Its is not so plain as to make it uninteresting or even less beautiful. There is a different spirituality at play. This is something I’m going to have to think about and write out later. The chant in Arabic was great too, really something.