How We Got Liturgical Abuses and Ugly Churches

Puts it in perspective, doesn’t it? Can’t you imagine Dan Schuette wearing that brown and tan ensemble in the upper left corner while composing “Sing a New Song”? That quartet on the right – they’re your Folk Mass Worship Commission. And that trio in the bottom left corner – they’ve got groovy plans to throw a “home Mass” at their swingin’ bachelor pad next Saturday night. While playing Twister.

Any of you remember the blog Bad Vestments? Proof enough that bad fashion leads to bad liturgy. A person can’t do anything well dressed like a skein of yarn or wearing an adult-sized onesie. I have to believe no polyester pantsuits or long knit woolen sweaters exist in heaven. Not to mention, the 70’s also gave us disco! What other evidence does one need?

Plus, the 70’s (and the 60’s too – let’s give credit where credit’s due) gave us atrocious architecture. When your church looks like a dead upside down mutant tarantula, you gotta wonder what bizarre things occurred inside. I know, I know – it’s a former Episcopal church, but it’s hard to tell the difference between them and the Catholics in a lot of places.

Sadly, the “bad fashion leads to bad worship” idea endures. Watch any video of an LA Religious Education Conference liturgical service, and you’ll see what I mean.

So, thanks a lot, 70’s fashion designers. If you haven’t yet repented of your fashion sins, you risk being forced to wear your awful designs for all eternity, walking an endless runway at a ghoulish fashion show, while Haugen and Haas songs play on a never-ending loop. Out of key. On bagpipes.

Then again, they might like that.

Author: thelarryd

LarryD resides in Michigan.

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