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01 August 2006 @ 11:53 pm
This past weekend, I went to a Catholic service with some very Catholic relatives of mine. I was staying with them at the time, and their typical modus operendi is to go to the Sunday evening service and then out to dinner - it would have been somewhat troublesome for me not to join them, as they'd have to come back for me. And besides, though I consider myself Jewish, I rather like going to Catholic mass. My mom is Catholic and I spent my childhood going to CCD and being an angel in the nativity play before having my Bat Mitzvah and sticking to the synagogue.

The church my aunt and uncle attend is the same church my grandmother and cousins all attend(ed). It's gone through several face-lifts but I know it very well; I feel as comfortable there as I do anywhere else in the world. I even recongized the officiating priest. And though we sat in the front row (in deference to my uncle's mother, who is hard of hearing) I didn't feel the least bit uncomfortable or self-conscious. I might have attended this church every week of my life.

Which is funny, when you consider that I'm now married to a Catholic man who probably wouldn't know when to stand and when to sit (whereas I remember all the rituals well enough to follow along and not look stupid).

(And no, I don't follow every one. I remain seated when the congregants kneel; I stand when they stand though I may not recite some of the prayers; I sing because I love the music and generally the psalms are pretty generic. I do the "Peace be with you" bit because I agree, and if the priest invites those who can't receive communion to come forward and receive a blessing instead, I join the rest in line. I figure I can use all the blessings I can get.)

Anyway, to get to my point - I wondered if anyone else felt the same as I do, comfortable in any place of worship, even if it's not their own. Granted, my sense of ease might have been due to my familiarity with this particular church (as I've been there countless times before), but I've never felt the least bit out of place in other churches as well. I don't know if that's me, or if it is a result of my peculiar religious upbringing. What do you all think?

x-posted to interfaith_life
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Synergysynergy on August 2nd, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
comfort in places of worship
I'd say I'm fairly comfortable in any religious setting. However, I do have to add that I have felt uncomfortable in some places, but not due to the ceremony or service in progress. It's usually been more from odd vibes or cold glances from other people in the church when they don't recognize me or I'm not doing all the parts such as in Catholic services and I don't take communion. So yeah, I've not been uncomfortable with a place of worship or religion, but more with antagonistic behavior from others there.