Good Friday - sacrilegious thoughts 

So I went to a church service at Grace Episcopal church (a gorgeous church 150 years old that couldn’t be more different than the evangelical church I grew up in). It was a beautiful service with a lot of scripture, a short and insightful homily, and a meaningful communion service. Afterwards I had a fantastic conversation with the pastor who grew up in the same small evangelical movement I came from and ended up going to Yale Divinity. It was a great morning.

Good Friday - sacrilegious thoughts 

@Arryq But the story I want to tell isn't about the genuine wonderfulness of the service. I wanted to tell you about the sacrilege that entered my mind and made me stifle laughter during the service.

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Good Friday - sacrilegious thoughts 

So between the sermon and the sacrament there was a portion of the service dedicated to veneration of the cross. The priest unveiled a crucifix and congregants took turns kneeling before the crucified Christ. Many kissed his feet. In a way it was beautiful, but It's one of those those things that strikes my evangelical mind strangely. The physical embodiment is very different than what I was raised with and it seemed kind of foreign, and almost pagan to me.

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Good Friday - sacrilegious thoughts 

As a defense mechanism, my mind decided to imagine, "what would the most offensive parody of this moment of worship look like?".

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Good Friday - sacrilegious thoughts 

Immediately in response, I pictured in my head a sullen teenage boy dragged to the Good Friday service by his parents. He waited in line, got to the front, kneeled before the cross, but instead of kissing Jesus' feet, he enthusiastically simulated oral sex as those waiting behind him looked on with horror and the priest holding the huge crucifix wondered what to do.

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Good Friday - sacrilegious thoughts 

This image was so inappropriate that I nearly burst out laughing many times as I stood in line to venerate (and I think anyone who saw my face, might have wondered about my sanity). I decided not to kiss Jesus feet (or anything else) when I got to the front, but honestly the crucifix sobered me, instantly transporting me from a moment of hilarity to a moment of deep reverence.

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Good Friday - sacrilegious thoughts 

I guess it turns out Jesus can even save me from the Jr. Higher in my heart sometimes.

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Good Friday - sacrilegious thoughts 

@Arryq hahahaaaa thanks, I really needed this levity today.

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