Lack of ceremonies does not defile a man, but neither is a lack of ceremonies a virtue. In fact, it is practically impossible to imagine piety without ceremony. Those whose hearts have been purified by the blood of Christ will confess His name, and they will respond to the confession with their bodies even as mothers hug their babies. It comes naturally. Pious, forgiven people will know and feel joy. Thus, they will treat holy things as holy-not to earn favor with God, but simply because they are thankful. But even if they didn’t engage in any ceremony at all, that lack would not defile them.
Thy Kingdom Come: Lent and Easter Sermons
David H. Peterson