Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Merriment

Over at Chris Johnson's Bad Vestments blog, there is this post that I missed. H/T to Fr. Finigan at the Hermeneutic blog for posting it.

This is supposed to be a cope. One of the Eucharistic Prayers in the Episcopalian Liturgy goes like this:
At your command all things came to be:
the vast expanse of interstellar space,
galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses,
and this fragile earth, our island home.
There is this complementary hymn "Earth and all stars, loud crashing planets, sing to the Lord a new song." The hymn goes on to mention test tubes and other sundry things to give praise to God. It was a favorite of the youth at my former Episcopalian parish which was known for its innovative liturgies while maintaining the highest standard for liturgical music. Yes, Gregorian chant and polyphony alongside giant kites and origami bird hanging sculptures.

When liturgy becomes about us, it opens the door to a whole host of silliness. And no denomination is immune.

As Fr. Z urges: Say the Black, Do the Red.

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