As I mentioned in a previous post, the MoEs have lots of customs and traditions. Some are profound and some are silly. On The Walk, I discovered that many of them are multi-layered in their wisdom:
- Observing an hour of silence daily and a longer period on Fridays provides an opportunity for personal prayer and contemplation - but it also provides a welcome (even necessary!) respite for people who are living with constant noise and zero privacy.
- Praying the rosary on every walking shift sanctifies each step and sends thousands of prayers heavenward over the course of The Walk. It also provides a pleasant walking cadence and makes hot shifts, rainy shifts, and last-shift-of-the-day shifts pass more quickly.
- Chanting the Office in men's and women's choirs proclaims the complementarity of the sexes - and it also sounds really neat.
- Having extensive and expandable car prayers gives us a chance to pray together in a relaxed and unhurried manner. Having a simple and reverent Grace Before Meals prevents MoE mutiny at mealtimes. :o)
So, to all the MoEs who developed these and other MoE customs - thank you! You are wise indeed.
Peace and Good!