Posted on January 20th, 2009
Chief Justice Roberts, for whom I have the greatest admiration, botched the oath at the inauguration today. This is why I read the Lord’s Prayer from the book when I’m praying it in public, and why I always read the Verba at Divine Service, despite the fact that I’ve said the words many hundreds of times now. I know that, when put on the spot, I have the capacity to forget anything, including my own name. Thus my liturgical rule #1: Always, always, always read the words from the book.