Thursday, 18 June 2009

What Monstrosity Is This?

"The Sacraments were not ordained of Christ to be gazed upon or to be carried about..." (Article 25 from the 39 Articles of the Church of England); to which we today might wish the authors had added: "and they especially were not ordained of Christ to take the form of a focaccia and be held aloft with a pair of giant tongs", as is actually happening in this photo taken at an outdoor Roman Catholic Mass in Linz, Austria.

You could not invent this stuff.

(Those not au fait with Roman liturgical nomenclature may miss the pun in the title to this blog, the host is usually carried about in a "monstrance", hence "monstrosity".)


PW said...

All I can say is HUH, what are they thinking?

Acroamaticus said...

Of course, Corpus Christi is an old festival for Roman Catholics, at which it is customary to display a consecrated host in this manner, but this seems to me to be in extremely bad taste.