I have always found the history of the liturgy to be fascinating. I taught liturgics in seminary for years, but that was in the western church so we did not do a lot with the development of the eastern rites. Nonetheless, the early history is roughly the same for the entire church when it was united. Here are some quick notes to browse through that may give you some handles on how the liturgical forms we use developed.
The Welsh language has one of those wonderful words you stumble across that seem untranslatable because of their depth and breadth of meaning. The word is hiraeth, pronounced here-eyeth. If you look in your nearby Welsh dictionary it will tell you the word means “longing, nostalgia.” No other language has a word quite like it. Hiraeth seems to be a deeply Welsh emotion. It’s a combination of two words that together mean, literally, long field. Imagine you are on the prairies of Kansas or Saskatchewan, where the fields stretch forever, making it hard to cross to what you want on the other side. That’s the inner feeling of hiraeth. Hiraeth is longing for an unattainable end. The horizon keeps receding as you think you are getting close.
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