Prayer and the Community
We never pray as individuals, set apart from the rest of the world. The liturgy is an order which we can enter only as a part of the Community of Israel. Every act of worship is an act of participating in an eternal service, in the service of all souls of all ages. Every act of adorations is done in union with all of history, and with all beings above and below:
We sanctify Thy Name in the world, as they sanctify
it in the highest heavens . . .
A crown will be bestowed
Upon the Lord our God
By the angels, the multitudes above,
In union with Israel Thy people
Assembled below . . .
(The kaddish in the liturgy for the Sabbath morning)
Quest for God: Studies in Prayer and Symbolism