Friday, October 08, 2010

Charismatic Chant


H/T Crescat

21 comments:

Matushka Anna said...

uuuummmmm....

I had an uncomfortable flashback to my RC days. I think it was the guitar and the wigged-out expressions...

Keith said...

You can't go around posting things like this on strict fasting days. I need a drink after that.

Jodie Anna said...

where did you find that? Some people shouldn't be given access to guitars and maracas... o_O

Athanasia said...

Okay by 1:16 my stomach hurt. WHERE do you find these things?

Kyrie Elesion!

John said...

About midway through, I wasn't sure if it was the real thing, or an old SNL skit. The lyrics were pretty awful:
"We love you, Daddy,"
"Get on the train with Jesus,"
"Good to have you in the house today, Father," and my favorite, "Father, rise and shine." I agree with Keith.

Ingemar said...

So you're a fellow follower of The Crescat!

I have some more LOLthodoxy for today. This should remind some of Austin Powers.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/funnibunney/f982dfcc-a1f2-4859-8621-1e3b713e5eab.jpg

(DISCLAIMER: This in no way is an impeachment of the ROCOR Metropolitan's character)

Billy Kangas said...

I actually liked it...
They seemed to have a deep love for God. I think that's refreshing

intellectualoid said...

It's an audible Rohrschalk test!

Anonymous said...

That was painful. Poor people.

s-p said...

@Billy: You bring up a point that has been an issue for me for in congregational life for 40 years: Is it possible to have a deep love for God and still do something that is goofy or perhaps that you shouldn't do because you have no talent or gift for... or does a person's love for God make all things permissible and beyond critique in public ministry, arts and evangelism? (In this case should you be shaking maracas if you have no rhythm or do we chalk it up to the Holy Spirit's leading? :) I was actually pleased no one's comments have been about the people's faith, just the performance.

Ruth said...

Well, sometimes in our church ...
A case where two converts, a priest and a novice, have no ear for byzantine chant and attempt an ison or even more in obedience and humility and love for God and for our priest who does know how it is done, but he is the only one, and it doesn't sound "right" and they know it. That is where the humility comes in. I think they would writhe if it got put on youtube. But I'm glad they do it. None of the rest of us can or have enough humility to try.

Job said...

Blessed Father Seraphim Rose has some interesting things to say about this in his book Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future.

James the Thickheaded said...

I'm flashing back far far far into my childhood: I want El Kabong and Bobbalouie to swing in on the Tarzan-like vine with the Gee-tar and smack these guys upside the head. Ouch!!! I mean my ears are certain to be hurtin' for weeks!! Weeks!! OMG! How did I possibly agree to 'click" on the little > ? What was I thinking? Dirks Bentley save me! No better yet: Kill me! Now!!! O.P.O.P.

Ah. That's better. Whew.

I think that must have been in tongues or something. Wait. No. I threw my tongue out just so I could be sure NOT to join in the singing. The Kremlin thought this was a good idea. The MOSAD thought this was a good idea. And doggone it... I thought it was a good idea, too. Don't know why it didn't occur to me earlier.

How do I reclaim the innocence of my invaded ears? "Sounds... have invaded my brain... no normal remains...". Ah Kismet! What would we do without contortionists?

Shew. Still trying to recover...

There should be a (Star Trek) Spok Neck Argggg! button next to the video so that folks who accidentally click "play" can either pass out quickly with the aid of their friendly nearby Klingon or get beamed back to safety before dying like the show's extras that radio back:

"Gee Captain... it seems safe down here except for this really really really bad singing...ahhhhhhh!"

"Cap'n...I've lost them."

"It would appear logical Captain, to suppose that their brain structure was altered by desire to flee... a desire which could only be met by instant immateriality...and so they aren't."

"Scotty... set a course for any hot lovin' brunette in the universe! Warp 28 or something!"

"Ay, Cap'n. An' you'll be keen to know Mr. Sulu's launched a couple of photon torpedoes at the YouTube just to be safe. Don't mess with Texas an' all that."

"The services we do... could only be improved if we could hide these links in the cloaking device."

"No one expects the Star Trek Cloaking Device....!!!"

"Brilliant Mr. Checkov... only you're not English..."

"But if I twist in my overtight pajamas... it's almost the same thing, right?"

"No Checkov... not quite. And if you'll forgive me: Don't. It's too terrible to watch."

And I'm afraid I've lost the signal as it morphs to another station.... and the brain cleanser begins to work its magic.

DebD said...

ouch. That was painful.

Tim said...

Still, it could be worse-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-NOZU2iPA8

s-p said...

Tim, You wonder when people will get that "contemporary" always ends up looking "stupid".

Tim said...

The funny thing is that that song is about 20 years old, give or take a few.

Coincidentally, the style of most "contemporary" music is about that far behind the times.

Fr. Sean Lotz said...

So I finally broke down and decided to get to a computer that actually deals with videos, and I watched the silly thing.

First thought: I can not and will not judge their mode of expressing praise for God. If I do so, I will be accountable to the God whom they are praising, and whom I praise with much less fervor and (apparent) sincerity. I strikes me as odd that any Christian could look askance on this as an example of private praise. Surely I do things which would seem even sillier to another person. Thank God that he is my only audience (I hope!).

My serious objection to the video was simply that I was watching it. It felt almost like watching a video of a loving married couple expressing their love for each other in bed. I might criticize their technique ("that's not how I would like to do it"), but the main point is that I would have no business watching it and they, no business exposing it to public view. Yes, that is exactly what I thought. "This should have been a private thing between them and God, not in front of an audience, and certainly not on YouTube."

I find some fault with the culture of parts of the Christian world which makes this sort of thing a matter of public spectacle. I find fault with myself for having watched what should have been a private moment with God (whether the participants felt that way or not). And I am disturbed by the judgementalism in my soul which can watch this and pretend that I am virtuous because I do not give way to preposterous silliness as I seek to express the unspeakable and wild praise and joy that God naturally calls forth from me. I also feel a little bit dirty for having watched it.

Tom said...

Protestant Demotivator #1!

Alix said...

I could not watch it. It seemed to me that someone should not have filmed it. Being that I have danced in joy around my house in private celebration of God's goodness and mercy not to mention prostrations and icon kissing which some Protestants would find as odd as we Orthodox might find this, I cannot judge anyone's methods of praising God. What I don't understand is the desire to deciminate private worship of this type. If it were stunning musicianship, I would still not want it spread about. It seems private to me. On the otherhand, the Psalm does say to MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD.....Alix

bob said...

9.7 on the Kumbayometer.

I believe this is being offered as an alternative to the water board at Guantanamo Bay.