Liturgical reform

If we wanted a liturgy that spoke to the heart of contemporary persons, it would need more sex, violence, and profanity. If we appropriate our cultural symbols and artistic lingua franca, nothing would feel authentic without a few f-bombs, blood, and naked bodies. Tastefully done, of course.

This is not even a point about contemporary life. Liturgy seeks transcendence and the most visceral transcendence we experience is through Bacchic energy. Historically, many liturgies did count on the power of horror and libido: human sacrifice, temple prostitutes, collective use of hallucinogens, crowd frenzy, public mutilation, finding meanings in chance events…

The point, I guess, is that there is more than one sort of liturgy; more than one “public work” of crowds rallying in search of transcendent reality.

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