Responding During Services
There are many religions that hold worship services on a regular basis, and they can be daily, weekly or monthly. Congregants are welcome at all of them, but only the most devout attend every day. Those who consider active membership an important part of their life will often be there during the weekly service offered on that religion’s Sabbath day, and some of the less involved will only be present on days devoted to certain religious or historical celebrations. Their responses during these services are part of the ritual, but those who are only present a few times a year might struggle with that facet of the service.
Prayers are often a large part of many religious rituals, and there are many times when the leader of the congregation speaks the prayer, and the congregants spend their time responding during services. This type of ritual interaction can be comforting to those who know their prayers, but it can be difficult for those who only attend occasionally. The interaction is meant to be a way to encourage conversation between participants and their deity, so they are important for everyone to learn.
While many of the responses during prayers are written for congregants to easily read, it is important for them to learn their lines. It will give them a deeper sense of connection if they can respond without thinking about the actual lines, and this has long been the goal of many religious leaders. They want their flock to feel the connection with their faith, and they encourage them to use the rituals to help ease away from the world of skepticism and enter the world of their faith.
It is not always easy for even those who attend services on a daily basis to leave behind the real world, but those who have used the rituals correctly will often find their worldly concerns have eased. It is not meant to be a cure for everything that ails them, but it is a good way to take a break from the harsh realities outside the faith.