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Parishioners at St Mary’s enjoy an extended Kiss of Peace during Mass on Easter Day.

Seriously: this is filmed in some sort of New Age yoga and yoghurt center, but people tell me they sing it in their Catholic parishes.
PS: There will be a cash prize for anyone who manages to watch the whole clip to the end without running from the room screaming for help.

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04926229674044895164 mom huebert

    I only made it to 2:24, so I guess I’m out…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04446241126728692642 Paul Stilwell

    1:14

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11081757519772226348 German Family

    There isn’t enough money! Ten minutes!!! I didn’t make it past 56 secs…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05272753692878529218 John C. Hathaway

    I made it!I’d say what happens next for you wimps who gave up, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers.On the one hand, about thirty seconds into it, I was ready to fly into an autistic rage and smash the computer screen.Then I just went into my “fake catatonia” and tolerated it, the way I usually do at Mass.Does it count if one has to do “centering prayer” to tolerate it? :)It does have its entertainment value, like wondering if this is just an excuse for the men (and perhaps some of the women) to cop a feel, or waiting for the grand finale when a meteor crashes on the place, or a monster attacks, or aliens invade. . . . . You know, whenever someone gives credence to some religion or spirituality or movement on the ground that its members are “happy”, I say, “That’s all the more evidence it’s just a cult, and they’re brainwashed. I want a religion whose members are realistic. I can’t stand happy people.”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11740482509910163332 Gail F

    We sung it at all our Lenten masses.The worst part is that this is the refrain. It is actually not bad (poetry-wise). The verses are by a different writer and they are truly awful. The first one is:Marked with ashes we have come;we the world so troublesome;Something something, Christ our sum, but still in you…IT MAKES NO SENSE!! And the verses get worse from there!!!!! Can you tell how much I hate this song????

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11153355585571358736 truthfinder

    2:13. Thank God we DON’T sing it in our parish. The fluffy stuff (yuppie music with lyrics which are terrible theology) is bad enough. Pardon me while I go say a rosary in reparation.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01960521706457744649 Tara

    “Gag me with a spoon!”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14485768454161100884 GlennR

    After seeing the dude with the long hair,t-shirt with pajama bottoms that was enough for me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07775917285279843327 MD

    Is there a patron Saint of gag reflex?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01562944653624224107 Adrienne

    Amazing that so-called adults couldn’t find anything better to do with their time -

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07740164378856454831 laurazim

    Man. Give that as penance for the most hideous of your parishioners’ sins, and they’ll never even THINK of reoffending. My computer blissfully gave up on this thing about 2 minutes in. Are there truly priests who allow such drivel to be uttered within the sacred walls of their churches? For shame……….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12543778974085045141 Lynn

    I skimmed this from your feed, and figured you were exaggerating, before I moved on to the next blog on my reader. 1:23 when I actually came over here and tried to watch. Oh. My. Word. And the very idea of grasping a stranger’s hand and clutching to my bosom. *snort*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06375449214052411277 JoannaB

    0.59 and cool pjs the guy is wearing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06375449214052411277 JoannaB

    Actually for one brief second I thought you were being serious and this was some new initiative that you had set up in the Church hall!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13388899986377479033 torculus

    Gail – yes, a hate-worthy song. The song is an example of the worst kind of endeavour plaguing the Liturgy: bad theology; bad composition; bad musicianship. The doyens of dull (aka composers of of such thin stuff, along with misguided liturgists) have had their day – let’s get on with the task of restoring truly Catholic art (music, etc.) to Catholic worship.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01803809505312769984 Rene’e

    1:31Proud to say I have never heard that song at Mass.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07932665331766567610 jedesto

    Let’s revive the SMMMHDH !!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16482408236613647168 julia flyte

    That was so warm and fuzzy. I’m going to kiss the carpet when I go to St. Mary’s this Sunday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10935431111572919598 TomGuy

    Ahhhhh! I stopped briefly around 2:20. My one liners:Forget waterboarding — subject each terrorist to watching that 18 hours a day.Like the Farside cartoon showing *ell for Charlie Parker was listening to New Age albums, watching this would definitely qualify for most of us.Lord, help me NEVER be separated from you as I’m reminded (tonight) of how infinitely terrible it would be to be separated from you for eternity.I kept watching to see if Mr. PJ actually circled around the room and showed up on the left side of the screen. You’ll have to watch the whole thing to see if he does.I thought in the last two minutes that the hokey-pokey was breaking out.Having the Congregation for Divine Worship watch this thinking it was the Sign of Peace would convince them to move the real Sign of Peace to before the Offertory (as they are considering) so as to avoid this silliness before Holy Communion.I’ll stop there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14535298082684128505 Marco de Puna

    0:46 seconds – my dog started barking REALLY LOUD!!!!!!!!!He is such a good boy; I gave him a big hug and a treat!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05088421867226431320 Andrew D. Hedstrom

    Isn’t this just the ‘Rite of Acceptance’?It does sound familiar, I’m only 21, and I’m sure I’ve heard it a few times at my parish.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13650745998836036325 peccatoribus

    I’m pretty sure that at the end one of the women is resting her hand a bit lower than the guy’s back. It is definitely resting on jean. This would all be very awkward.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08699242475385121715 Greg

    No cash prize for me today.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08692837527315745231 Kate

    What are they auditioning for?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16287885673401261090 Obpoet

    I do not think the yogurt is working. They should try some red meat.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04298493682961935337 Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ

    Do you think my Tablet post is OK? Can you add my new blog to your links Fr?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00047406888409874960 Victoria

    I didn’t make it to the end.I am not one who thinks people in embarrassing situations are funny so I turned off the video out of respect for the people.Are these people at a Mass?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05740821005295611086 David

    i lasted only 1:14. does that mean that I have to pay?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05740821005295611086 David

    i lasted only 1:14. does that mean that I have to pay?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05346336121885677803 Bailey Walker

    I bailed at 0:18. Ugh.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13523683273450353313 Subvet

    The wife and I tagteamed this thing. It was the only way we could go the whole ten minutes. John C. Hathaway is right about an excuse for men to cop a feel, it was one of my first thoughts (and I’ve just gone to Confession tonight!).I’m off to cleanse my intellectual and auditory palate with some Molly Hatchet.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12419372059353408855 rightwingprof

    If you need a liturgical brain enema, so to speak, here is the Bulgarian National Choir singing the Lord’s Prayer, the same setting we sing at our church.http://centralpennsylvaniaorthodox.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/our-father/Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing Life!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15634235894433276073 Nan

    Yoga people are touchy-feely and not freaked out when strangers touch. I didn’t last long enough to look at the length of time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08930852646863448655 Jennifer

    1:24. Couldn’t take it anymore! THANK GOD I have never heard this horrible song before, nor have I ever been in a church where it was sung. Heaven help us!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14296644824430129827 Richard

    I’m with Julia Flyte (except that, oh yeah! We don’t have carpet) and Tara (good California expression). But also with JoannaB on “cool pajamas.”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17097301774804069480 paladin

    John, Lynn and Peccatoribus:My thoughts, exactly. Is it just me, or is the “fuzzy new liturgy” more sexually loose, year by year? I was half-expecting to see them pull out the tents and Woodstock-esque blankets, and join in a “Kiss-and-then-some of peace”…This is perverse, in addition to being aesthetically nauseating…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05423794317423373245 +JMJ+

    :51If you think you can stomach another atrocity, look at thishttp://tiny.cc/PGNbl

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10236610594068068349 justrobnj

    17 seconds.That video made Baby Jesus cry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01882100125711037777 K.H.

    0:40

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07579057528299912253 religiousstudiesscholar

    0:25. I don’t think I could have lasted till 0:30.


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