|There is only one presentation that should take place here|
Silly question. Or, is it?
The Anglican Church has long been active in arranging all sorts of activities in their churches.
Flower Shows, Painting Exhibitions, Festivals of every shape and size and.....choral or musical recitals.
I hold hard to the view that churches, at least, Catholic ones, should be used for the worship of Almighty God.
Laughable isn't it? Fancy going to church to go down on your knees and pray for forgiveness....we all know that no one actually sins any more. Hmm.
I recall the late Stella Hook telling me of her experience in Westminster Cathedral back in the 1980s.
She had called in precisely to go down on her knees and spend a few minutes with the Lord but, lo, she arrived to find the main aisle covered in flower petals.
The Cathedral was having a Flower Festival!
Stella was never one to mince words and so, when she found the late Cardinal Basil Hume standing at her elbow she turned to him and said: "You have turned God's house into a florist's shop"
The Cardinal's response is not on record.
But, it seems, that the concept of having a show of some kind is catching on more and more in Catholic parishes.
Arundel Cathedral has a famous flower festival and LMS Chairman reports on a recent recital of Ian Wilson's 'Stations' that took place in St George's Catholic Cathedral in Southwark.
It matters not to me that the aim or content of a performance is religious in context, I just dislike the thought of an audience sitting down to watch and listen when the prime purpose of the building is for the celebration of Holy Mass, the EF Mass, that is.
When the audience members wander in to take their
I suspect not.
Do they then speak in hushed tones both before and after the performance? Again, I think it highly unlikely.
Now I do appreciate that this cements the fact that I am a curmudgeon of the lowest order, but, so be it.
In fact, I have taken to wearing a 'curmudgeon' sign around my neck.
All I need now is a bell to ring as I make my way through the townships.