However, when groups start adding to the faith needed for salvation, then there is a problem, and this is what rote ritual leads to.
All Liturgical churches to Candy's mind probably are guilty of "rote ritual." That would include the Orthodox, Anglicans, and Lutherans and of course her favorite whipping boy- the Catholics.
I would argue that the beauty of the rhyme and rhythm of the liturgical churches and the "liturgy" don't take away from faith or add unnecessary elements, but rather increase, strengthen grow and support faith in a beautiful and meaningful way.
Currently liturgical churches are in the season of Advent. It is time before Christmas and in many ways is like a mini Lent. It is a period of preparing for Jesus in our hearts, by making ready.
The Catholic Encylcopedia has a good explanation of what is done during Advent.
On every day of Advent the Office and Mass of the Sunday or Feria must be said, or at least a Commemoration must be made of them, no matter what grade of feast occurs. In the Divine Office the Te Deum, the joyful hymn of praise and thanksgiving, is omitted; in the Mass the Gloria in excelsis is not said. The Alleluia, however, is retained. During this time the solemnization of matrimony (Nuptial Mass and Benediction) cannot take place; which prohibition binds to the feast of Epiphany inclusively. The celebrant and sacred ministers use violet vestments. The deacon and subdeacon at Mass, in place of the dalmatics commonly used, wear folded chasubles. The subdeacon removes his during the reading of the Epistle, and the deacon exchanges his for another, or for a wider stole, worn over the left shoulder during the time between the singing of the Gospel and the Communion. An exception is made for the third Sunday (Gaudete Sunday), on which the vestments may be rose-coloured, or richer violet ones; the sacred ministers may on this Sunday wear dalmatics, which may also be used on the Vigil of the Nativity, even if it be the fourth Sunday of Advent. Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) states that black was the colour to be used during Advent, but violet had already come into use for this season at the end of the thirteenth century. Binterim says that there was also a law that pictures should be covered during Advent. Flowers and relics of Saints are not to be placed on the altars during the Office and Masses of this time, except on the third Sunday; and the same prohibition and exception exist in regard to the use of the organ. The popular idea that the four weeks of Advent symbolize the four thousand years of darkness in which the world was enveloped before the coming of Christ finds no confirmation in the Liturgy.
In my little domestic church we do special things in Advent. We have an advent wreath, we keep a Jesse Tree. Both of these things are rooted deeply in scripture and especially in the old testament as we prepare for the Messiah.
We do these things every year. Yes even by rote. I do not see this as a bad thing. It becomes part of our lifestyle, part of our family tradition and it becomes something that the children look forward to. And as they mature they come to grow in their understanding and deepen their faith through these things.
Now Candy also probably has a problem with the liturgy, i.e. the mass itself too because to her mind it is "rote." I find it simply amazing that someone who is so seemingly regimented in the way she runs her household, to the point that she insists on keeping a manual about it, can't seen the benefit in the church having a structure to work off of!
Here is an outline of the parts that make up the mass with their scriptural references.
and here is a tour.
I find that by understanding the mass and knowing the significance of each part I can more fully participate in the readings and lessons for that day. In that way it helps my faith and keeps me grounded and focused on Jesus.
So it's not a problem Candy. In fact it's a wonderful gift to be able to follow the liturgy with all of the feasting and fasting, the readings and the ritual. All of it just serves to bring us closer to Him.