Saturday, June 28, 2003

From the pet peeve archives:

"The common custom of coming into the house of God during the time of worship, and especially so late after it is begun, is not only shamefully irreverent towards the divine Being, but highly indecent towards those who are engaged in his worship, and a great interruption of their devotion, especially that of the minister. It is an irregularity which admits of no excuse, and might easily be avoided by every one who made a point of being present in good time." - Samuel Palmer, 1812