Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mail-Order Mass

Damian Thompson writes this for the Telegraph:

Archbishop Jonathan Blake, a former Anglican priest who is now a bishop of the Open Episcopal Church, has hit on a neat solution to the problem of worshippers who cannot get to his Eucharists. He consecrates the host, then pops it in the post to allow members of the public to say their own "Masses" (minus consecration). ...

Blake is prepared to send you consecrated hosts at the following rates:

FOR 1 CONSECRATED HOST £2

FOR 10 CONSECRATED HOSTS £4

FOR 50 CONSECRATED HOSTS £6

FOR 100 CONSECRATED HOSTS £8

FOR 500 CONSECRATED HOSTS £10

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO PAY...

Once the host arrives, there's no need to construct a tabernacle: "People can carry a Host with them on a neck chain or in a specially adapted wallet for emergencies or just to have that sense that Jesus is with them throughout the day."


Read it all.

Blake has also posted a series of YouTube videos "showing the different ways you can celebrate the service once the host has dropped on to the doormat." Here are a couple of examples:



7 comments:

BillyD said...

Basic problems of reverence, suitability, and common sense aside, isn't this simony pure and simple?

Bryan Owen said...

Simony pure and simple, indeed!

tonidcali2701 said...

I am absolutely appalled.

Joe Rawls said...

Well, it's always more cost-effective to order in bulk, isn't it?

How did this guy get consecrated, anyway? Maybe he pressed his forehead against the computer screen while some wandering bishops on the other end said the magic words.

Wait a minute. Forget I said that! It could give Kevin Forrester some ideas!

BillyD said...

Yes, Joe - by buying in bulk, your unit cost could be as low as 2 pence per Host - a real bargain! Order now, and receive a free indulgence!

Your comment about irregular episcopal consecrations reminds me of a story about a Ukrainian breakaway group that, failing to find a bishop, elevated one of their priests to the episcopate by exhuming the body of a dead bishop, sitting it in his cathedra, and laying its hands on the head of the candidate.

eric said...

I think I might be sick.

Joe Rawls said...

Billy: there is the principal of ex opere operato but I think it only applies to live people.