April 16, 2006

BEATS FOLK, BUT IT AIN'T BACH:

'U2 Eucharist' service weaves music into liturgy (RAY HENRY, April 15, 2006, Chicago Sun-Times)

As the electric guitar in the U2 anthem ''Pride (In the Name of Love)'' faded from four speakers, the Rev. Robert Brooks welcomed worshippers to Grace Episcopal Church with an unusual suggestion: He warned them to protect their hearing.

''If the sound's an issue, we do have earplugs available,'' he said.

Ushers handed out earplugs and fluorescent glow sticks for the ''U2 Eucharist,'' a communion service punctuated by the Irish rock band's music. Episcopal parishes from California to Maine have hosted similar events, weaving U2's tunes -- laced with biblical references -- into the liturgy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2006 6:09 AM
Comments

My mom told me yesterday there's a Chicago Catholic priest who's incorporated some Pentecostal music and fun into his worship and his congregation has grown to 9000 people. The congregation is worried what kind of priest they're going to get because he's due to retire shortly.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 16, 2006 9:11 PM
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