Caveat: this is not a pro Western Rite viewpointThoughts on ‘Western Rite’
From Fr Andrew Phillips, UKhttp://orthodoxengland.org.uk/westrite.htm
All religions have rites. Rites are necessary because we are incarnate. The bodiless angels do not need rites, but we do. In other words, the outward structures of rites are necessary in order to hold the spiritual content of religion, just as our bodies are necessary in order to hold our immortal souls. It can be said that a rite is a glass; the content is the wine. It is clear which is more important.