Catholic Church Conservation finds some scary things, but this one is quite scary.
Friends don’t let mimes preach the homily. Gilibrand also has more pictures of pantomime preaching which are not for the faint of heart. Now it is often attributed to St. Francis the saying "Preach the Gospel always, and if your a mime, please , please, please use words!"
If you see mime in the sanctuary pretending they are trapped in a confessional it is time to run. But then again when you see a mime in the sanctuary run!
It’s commendable when the priest’s homily is translated into Sign Language for the benefit of deaf attendees, but wouldn’t putting on a white face with a black gown conjure up images of Morticia or Elvira, Mistress of the Dark instead?
oh my word….
Where’s Opus and his olive loaf when you really need him?
You know, a mime is a terrible thing to waste.
Oh my goodness, and it’s a woman too. The Priest is supposed to preach the homily for crying out loud.
I’m too scared to look at it.
Better a mime than a clown. Godspell, anyone?
Never in my parish…repeat after me: n-e-v-e-r.
Fr. Philip, OP
Vote with your feet and your checkbook.
I do like the image of “a mime trapped in a confessional box” hee hee.
Mime is so yesterday. Nowadays, your no-talent drama majors are all crafting standup routines. These are more commonly found in homilies, too, it would seem.
I actually see a use for the mime’s gift, sans makeup, etc–SPRED Masses (special liturgies for the developmentally disabled). Everyone at the Mass would be “hearing” the Word in the same way…I think it could work. (The SPRED catechists rely heavily on hand motions, not sign language, to convey meaning.)
Ok, you have managed to find something that is WORSE than liturgical dance.
The only thing better would be if the mime was trapped in a shrinking confessional. GAG!! If I ever had to witness this in person, I’d request they install vomit bags in the pews much like they do on airplane seat backs. Then again, I’d never subject myself to such a spectacle.
When I see stuff like this I just want to cry. This is worse than the fogeys who are trapped in the 60s.