Being a Compendium of Notes and Links
Many of us here at theophiliacs are big fans of Liturgy. One of the reasons I migrated to the Episcopal church was because I was drawn to Liturgy. I believe that Liturgy played a similar role in several of my coleagues’ decision to join the TEC as well. So, from the onset, let it be known that I hold Liturgy very close to my heart, I love it, and find great spiritual efficacy in it. Remember that, no matter how sacrilegious this post gets.
The terms “rogue liturgics” or “rogue liturgists” are rather loosely defined in this context as liturgy created without the sanction of a Church authority, and not necessarily for actual Church use. The term “rogue liturgist” usually describes a Roman Catholic clergy member who refuses/ed to stop chanting the mass in Latin after Vatican II, the term has also been used to describe the St. Louis Jesuits whose folk-pop musical style redefined Catholic liturgy after that same council. It is because of them that many songs in today’s most popular Catholic hymnals draw musical inspiration from the likes of Bob “His Royal Bobness” Dylan.
Excursus on the Liturgical Importance of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan’s influence on the Church does not end there. He is the only living musician to a) win 11 grammies, AND b) win a Pulitzer prize, AND c) sing for the Pope, AND d) influence modern Catholic liturgy (see St. Louis Jesuits article linked above), AND e) be immortalized on the top of a Cathedral Spire (and see picture above). On top of that, thanks to Keith Green and the early Vineyard movement, Bob was a Christian for awhile, and recorded 3 Christian albums–“Slow Train Coming” (1979), “Saved” (1980), and “Shot of Love” (1981). The guy’s practically a saint. St. Bob ora pro nobis. I might go to hell for that one.
Examples of Rogue Liturgics Borrowed from this Site and Elsewhere
Back to Rogue Liturgics. I, for one, am intrigued by creating Liturgy, but since I have no official sanction from any church body, I guess I am, broadly speaking, a rogue liturgist (and an amateur one). I have engaged in a little rogue liturgics on this site (My “Toward a Daily of Office which incorporates a Pipe“). I also included the fantastic “Order for a Solemn Blessing of a New Pipe” by Arthur D. Yunker in my series on Pipes.
I’d also like to draw attention, without permission, to Tony’s Beer prayers:
First, let us pray:
“Hear, O Theophiliac readership, The Stout, The Stout is One. You shall love the Stout your King with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and strength. You shall also love the Barleywine as yourself – Amen”
“Let us bless the Lord – Thanks be to God“
May the Lord of life bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you. He is the Creator of all that is, seen and unseen, malted and hopped. The heads of barley are his and the heather of the hills are his also. Having created man he saw that it was not good that he should lack mirth. So in the fullness of time he brought forth brewing. – amen
Both are fine examples of Rogue Liturgics.
Then, of course, there are the Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley. These delightfully silly folks have created a whole Liturgical cycle for their religion (?), which is filled with wonderful bits of rogue (and satirical) liturgy, they call it The Beaker Common Prayer. One of my favorites is their : “Litany for the 30th Anniversary of Barcode Usage in Britain.”
Other more serious, and less sacrilegious attempts at rogue liturgy are the various Jazz Masses and Liturgies which have been composed and used in places like San Antonio, Denver, New York, and Minneapolis (Mercy Seat Church in NE Mpls. used to do this, but it appears as though they’ve moved on). Also,on a more devotional level, a great place to find homemade Liturgy and incarnational spirituality is the blog and journal: Everyday Liturgy.
There you have it; Rogue Liturgics Vol. 1. Were you expecting something profound?