Father Stephen Freeman argues that the near-unchanging shape of the Liturgy is part of the "givenness" of our lives. Like many other things in the Orthodox faith, it imparts a stability. Learning to embrace this is important.
In my Anglican years, I watched the introduction of a new prayer book. I went through trial periods of different books, eventually settling on one in the mid ‘70s. Among its most notable features was variety. In a certain manner, it brought under one roof that one most obvious feature of modern Christianity: There were options. Our culture has an understanding that ideas, thoughts and sentiments are what matters; how they are embodied is considered to be largely…