Thursday, October 26, 2006
U2 Eucharist
If Anglicans can have a clown eucharist, why not throw in some hip U2 music to boot? Today's USA Today reports on a new trend: "Rocking the church: Episcopal 'U2-charist' uses songs in service." The story begins by saying:

When Anglican Archbishop Thomas Cranmer compiled the Book of Common Prayer during the 16th century, he wanted to make the prayers accessible, so he wrote in English, not Latin, and made sure it was distributed to every church.

About 450 years later, there is another attempt to make prayers more accessible — by an Irish bard who wears wrap-around shades instead of a clerical collar.

It may not qualify as a mini-Reformation, but a Communion service driven by the music of singer Bono and his U2 bandmates is catching on at Episcopal churches across the country.

The U2 Eucharist is not some kind of youth service held in the church basement but is a traditional Episcopal liturgy that uses U2's best-selling songs as hymns.

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