Let us go forth in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Every time I attend Sunday mass at my home parish, I say a little prayer that goes something like this:
Help me not to wince profusely during atrocious hymns,
those insipid peans to Emersonian self-worship;
Keep me from sniggering during the sermon,
with its cheap crowd-pleasing tricks
and empty platitudes.
Preserve me from being a prig.
Alas, the prig's prayer is in need of amendment. Just after Holy Communion, at the close of a liturgy better than most, the priest told the congregation to remain seated for an important announcement. And what announcement might that be? Why, prostate cancer awareness week! With a Prostate Cancer Awareness Week Video!
Talk about cognitive dissonance. I suppose I should count my blessings. The video never did show what a prostate exam looks like.