Dancing before the Lord….for hundreds of years!
Worship is different in every church. Some are formal and quiet. Others are contemporary and joyful. How one worships best is up to the individual…where he feels closest to God in prayer and in praise. Even some more formal services may have several dancers as part of the service. For me, personally, I like to go into a quiet setting where I can concentrate on Christ and what He has done. As a Christian, I believe that it is important to set aside the distractions that we have in the world and focus on what is the most important in our lives…first of all my Savior.
Some of the Scripture passages that reference dancing before God are these:
1 Chronicles 16:32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields dance (rejoice), and all that is therein.
Job 21:12 They take the timbrel and harp, and dance (rejoice) at the sound of the organ.
Psalm 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept dancing (holy day.)
In my research on this subject, I was introduced to a whole town that has been praising God in dance for hundreds of years.
The History of the Dancing Procession at Echternach in Luxembourg.
“In the year 698, the Iro-Scottish monck Willibrord, Archbishop of Utrecht , received an estate situated in Echternach. This allowed Willibrord to build a monastery, which should become later an important spiritual and cultural center. Soon after Willibrord’s death in 739 great crowds of pilgrims started to come to the grave of the saint. The dancing procession may very well have originated in these gatherings. A document of 1497 for the first time mentions springen-heiligen (“dancing saints”).Every year on Whit Tuesday (the Tuesday after Pentecost) some 12-14,000 pilgrims take part in the procession, among them eight to nine thousand dancers.”
For your pleasure, enjoy the Dancing Procession…a different form of worship and praise. The video shows the film from years past as well as more recent processions. The young learn from the older family members and there is an emphasis on blessings and prayers for the sick.