Visiting St. Paul 's Parish Essay

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Visiting St. Paul’s Parish Princeton For this field observation project, I chose to attend the 5pm Sunday service at St. Paul’s Parish in Princeton. Growing up in the Pentecostal tradition, I have become at home in free worship and contemporary liturgy. Most of the church’s I’ve attended in the past had many informal elements in their liturgy, designed to make new-comers feel a little less awkward and part of the church family. As a new Methodist, I have found many Methodist churches (particularly contemporary ones) to be a good mix of the familial atmosphere that i loved about Pentecostal church and the church tradition that I 'm seeking at this point in my faith walk. For this reason, I wanted to visit a Catholic church. I reasoned that my new found love for tradition would naturally lead me towards the church where western Christian tradition began. Furthermore, I wanted to dispel the stereotypes I was taught about the Catholic Church as a child. I walked into St. Paul’s hoping that the rumors of Catholic churches being “dead”, “cold”, or “sterile” would be erased once I smelled the incense at the altar or saw the tassels on the priest 's robe or when I gazed up at the iconographic paintings that decorated the looming alter., making traditional Pentecostal church altars look like average and empty. This paper will describe a tongue-speaking, “Methodi-costal” attending mass for the first time.
Structure of the Service I’ll admit that I am impressed far too easily by…

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