Ceremony

A ceremony is an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion.

QuotesEdit

  • I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me.
Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!
  • “The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals; ...
Your incense is detestable to me. ...
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being. ...
Your hands are full of blood! ...
Stop doing wrong.
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed."
  • Ritual and ceremony in their due times kept the world under the sky and the stars in their courses. It was astonishing what ritual and ceremony could do.
  • What infinite heart's ease
    Must kings neglect, that private men enjoy?
    And what have kings that privates have not too,
    Save ceremony, save general ceremony?
  • What art thou, thou idol ceremony?
    What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
    Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?
  • O ceremony, show me but thy worth!
    What is thy soul of adoration?
    Art thou aught else but place, degree, and form,
    Creating awe and fear in other men?
  • When love begins to sicken and decay,
    It useth an enforced ceremony,
    There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.
  • To feed were best at home;
    From thence the sauce to meat is ceremony;
    Meeting were bare without it.
  • Ceremony was but devised at first
    To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes,
    Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown;
    But where there is true friendship, there needs none.
  • I discover that hardly a week passes that some one does not start a new cult, or revive an old one; if I had a hundred life-times I could not know all the creeds and ceremonies, the services and rituals, the litanies and liturgies, the hymns, anthems and offertories of Bootstrap-lifting.
    • Upton Sinclair, The Profits of Religion : An Essay in Economic Interpretation (1918), Introductory, "Bootstrap-lifting".

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