The Breaking of the Bread by Bom Bean, parish clown (aka the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, rector).
Originally uploaded by gwbrark.
One of my pet peeves is Historical Criticism. It just won't preach, as they say. In other words, whether the price of olives in the first century actually caused St. Paul to be as angry as he was is just not a question that anyone has ever cared about asking (or answering). Who was the real Beloved Disciple? How we know Jesus really didn't walk on water, etc. Training ministers to investigate these things is, I'm pretty sure, an active ingredient in the church-poisoning theological concoction that's seeping into the veins of the mainline denominations. Anyway:
Weird things continue to pop up around the country with the name “Episcopal” attached. Last fall a husband and wife pair of Episcopal
rectors in Pennsylvania were discovered as having been longtime Druids.
Surely you would think that the bishop of these two priests would
discipline them. But when they renounced their Druid practices and
resigned from the “Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids” their bishop
disciplined neither of them. He issued a press release touting the positive
contributions they had made to the church. The husband later renounced his
Christian faith to become a Druid priest. The wife is still rector of her
Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold has uttered not a peep
over this apostasy.
The official website of the national Episcopal Church carried a “Women’s
Eucharist” which is pure pagan worship of the female body. When a circle
of women drink from a cup of wine they invoke the image of their menstrual
blood in an act which looks like Satan worship.
One of the most prominent Episcopal churches in the nation, Trinity Church on Wall Street in New York City, had a very interesting celebration on Trinity Sunday 2005. While we at St. Andrew’s were celebrating the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with the liturgy of the faith used for almost 2000
years, Trinity Wall Street had a clown mass. No words were said for the
readings which were instead acted out in mime. The congregation responded
with noise makers rather than said or sung prayers. The priest was dressed
up like Bozo the Clown rather than wearing liturgical vestments. Instead
of incense they blew bubbles around the altar. If you go to the Trinity
Wall Street website you can watch this entire hour-long liturgy travesty.
This is all very depressing to me. I'm not sure what I think about the so-called "clown eucharist". But I'm beginning to believe it is, at best, a manifestation of serious error about the Eucharist. At worst, I think its probably satanic. I mean, what are you trying to communicate in looking like Bozo the Clown as the celebrant? You know that this is not your Eucharist. It is our Lord's. It seems like an effort to make our Lord look like a clown. Its certainly nothing to do with the the perfect sacrifice for our sins on the cross. It can't conceivably be even an effort to present our Lord's sacrifice, obediently to make an anamnesis of it, until His coming with power and greast glory to judge the living and hte dead.
What do you think of "clown eucharists"? Comedy? Tragedy? Blasphemy?