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“Open the gates before him, lift up your voices…”

I posted this eons ago, back at my old blog site, but it seems a good time to revisit this classic from My Close Personal Friend (MCPF) Stephen Colbert.

Happy Feast of Christ the King, y’all.

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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

posted November 22, 2009 at 10:36 am

That is hilarious! I love Stephen Colbert, although I know that he is not to everyone’s liking.

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posted November 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Am I just a sour puss?
Or does anyone else feel his humor fits in the category of a joker who degrades others? Does he mock and ridicule with a smile? Does his mocking promote a culture of rudeness or is it just good old fun?

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted November 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Greg …
I remember what a friend wrote to me many months back, when I first posted this video: “There you have everything that’s wrong with modern liturgy in 45 seconds.”
THAT is what Colbert is mocking here. Bless his snarky little heart :-)
Dcn. G.

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Joe M.

posted November 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Dcn. Greg,
Great minds think alike! I just posted the same link on my blog!
Interestingly enough, both the opening and closing hymns at mass this morning at the mass with a contemporary choir were oldies but goodies (“Lift High the Cross” and “Crown Him With Many Crowns”).
We had two baptisms this morning, which made the second verse of the opening hymn all the more poignant:
“Each newborn servant of the Crucified
Bears on the brow the seal of Him Who died.”

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posted November 22, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Deacon Gregg,
When you look at it in that light, it’s easier to take.  However, if you think this display contains everything that’s wrong with the modern liturgy (and I don’t believe you do) then you’re more than a little off.  That would be hard enough to pull off in a 45 minute sattire 😉

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posted November 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Colbert isn’t being irreverent, he’s just ( I believe ) poking some good – natured fun at the pomp & seriousness of a lot of standard religion.
Ever been to a Lutheran service ? Most of them seem like the spontaneity & joy have been drained right OUT.

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posted November 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Oh, & remember that a certain Old Testament king danced for Joy NAKED before the Ark of the Covenant.
I’d bet even money that some would’ve found that sacrilegious ack in the day…..

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