I’m still playing a bit of catch-up after being out of town for the weekend. One of the stories that made the rounds while I was away was the “Clown Eucharist” held at Trinity Church in Manhattan on Trinity Sunday (May 22):
Calling the clown a “symbol of ‘divine foolishness,'” Trinity’s rector, the [ir]Reverend James Cooper, aka Bom Bean, parish clown, defends his antics as follows:
It will likely be a surprise to see clowns inside Trinity Church, but think about it this way: how we perceive the world in light of our relationship with Jesus could rightly be called foolish. Jesus looked at things in a new and strange way – a foolish way. But, as St. Paul said, the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of the world. Paul declared himself a fool for Christ’s sake.
If you have the stomach for blasphemous tommyrot, there’s actually video of the service. The most surreal moment is probably Rev. Bozo consecrating the Eucharistic elements to a chorus of kazoos:
My advice to the clergy of Trinity: Once you’ve replaced the the traditional Episcopal vestments with clown costumes, you might as well stick with them. You’ve only admitted what you really are.