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Tuesday, November 09, 2004 Cathedral ravers, liturgical dervishes &c
A techno-rave staged to attract young people back to church drew thousands to the Cathedral at Metz in France. The French news program 20 Heures has astounding footage of the spectacle. Scroll and click on the segment (fourth from the bottom) headlined "L'église catholique recrute sur un air de techno." Quite a go-go dancer they had.
According to this account, translated here in English, two DJs were invited by a Franciscan youth ministry to "make the vaults of the building – built between the 13th and 15th centuries and known for its Chagall stained glass – resound to the sound of 'house' music." Photos here.
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Is he drunk? Or is the celebrant in this Gospel Procession video clip simply carried away with a Fiddler On the Roof-meets-Arthur Murray spirit? He also employs the dervish routine, this time with naked baby, in the accompanying baptism clip. (Via Andrew Cusack)
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Will the Polka Mass play in Peoria? It did, and very nicely, apparently, until the recent retirement of the Polka Mass Choir.