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Matthew 21:12

Telegraph | News | Hymns replaced by Bono lyrics at church

A Church of England bishop is to preside at this country's first "U2-charist", an adapted Holy Communion service that uses the Irish supergroup's best-selling songs in place of hymns.

In what is more rock concert than Book of Common Prayer, a live band will belt out U2 classics such as Mysterious Ways and Beautiful Day as worshippers sing along with the lyrics, which will appear on screens. The atmosphere will be further enhanced by a sophisticated lighting system that will pulse with the beat, and striking visual images of poverty and drought.
Despite his rock star antics, including swearing on live television, Bono is regarded as a Christian icon by many who point to the spiritual content of his music.

I'm off to church today, black suit and tie job, and I promise that the at the first hint of a guitar or thought of that bloated plutocratic preacher I will be sorely tempted to treat them as the moneylenders in the temple were treated, with a size nine behind them.

Comments

I'm glad you feel that way about Bono, the most overrated annoying individual I have had the pleasure never to meet. My former boss and his wife jetted all over the US to see U2 five times in one summer. I just couldn't understand why you would spend so much money on such an awful band.

I'm glad you feel that way about Bono, the most overrated annoying individual I have had the pleasure never to meet. My former boss and his wife jetted all over the US to see U2 five times in one summer. I just couldn't understand why you would spend so much money on such an awful band.

Still, it could be worse. Yesterday, I discovered the church hall overrun by some kind of youth weekend retreat or other - multiple acoustic guitars, much swaying and holding hands in the air.

Is every Christian youth group run by a superannuated hippy?

Jesus wept.

And I mean that literally.

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