Friday, February 15, 2008

Worst Liturgical Innovations

John at Locusts and Honey has an imaginary (please, God) list of truly horrid liturgical innovations:
  • Liturgical poledancing!
  • Communion buffet!
  • Gym rope-climb to Heaven!
  • Grand Theft Auto III: Jerusalem Stories!
  • Blessing of the Sharks service!
  • Rant stations!
It's worth going over there to see what people have added in the comments.

My own addition, "the Baptismal Super Soaker for kids", is sadly based in some reality. I went to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and bought a small icon for friends that I wished to be blest. So my friends and I walked over to the waiting priest, and he squirted it with a water gun filled with holy water. Yep. A water gun, just like in the picture here. Except it was neon orange (and unless you're Zen Buddhist, that never passes as a liturgical color).

Thank goodness God works through some pretty weird stuff.


Worship Leader Ron said...

It has that wonderful combination of funny/sadness that should make christians laugh at themselves. I love your blog.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

A water gun? next thing you know there's going to be a Communion vending Machine, you have to put in a ticket that says I've recieved absolution for my sins in order to recieve.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Worhsip leader Ron--yes, we've got that "tears of a clown" thing going here! Glad you like the blog!

Joe--ew. A vending machine is truly a horrid thought. Makes the water gun look good....

John said...

The Woody Allen film Sleeper included a robotic confessional. Allen received a prize from a slot once he had received absolution.

CMinor said...

A running joke in our household has been the idea of a "Communion express"--Might be handy for the "in late, out early" crowd.