Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The Goth eucharist

You’re going to church on Sunday, right?  No?  Maybe you’re just part of the wrong congregation.  Let’s look at the services once offered by St. Edward King and Martyr Church in Cambridge, England, where the Reverend Marcus Ramshaw conducted the weekly candlelit Goth Eucharist. 

This mass featured a liturgy that’s written especially to include music from the Sisters of Mercy, Depeche Mode, and Joy Division.  The Reverend Ramshaw, who considered himself to be a follower of Goth culture, said, “As Goths, there is a broad sense of an outlook of life that focuses on the bad things.  The point of the service is that we all get desperate at times.  We all get the knocks and sometimes life seems hopeless.  The Goth Eucharist re-establishes a link; God is still there for you even if you have been blinded.” 

This could have been the only Church in the world where “Personal Jesus” was actually used as a hymn.

Thursday’s post featured a weird case of cannibalism. (As if there’s a NON-weird case of such a thing.)

Alan Cross

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