The Covenant / Communion web pages has a feature article by Bennett Jones titled, "Draw Near: Holy Communion for the Contemporary Church," in which he says, "It is my goal to say “The Lord our God,” five times a day from the HoD floor while drinking commercially bottled water held in a foam insulator that says, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD."
Here at PRELUDIUM we are not at all opposed to people saying "The Lord our God," one, three, five, or fifty times a day. We are not as sure of drinking commercially bottled water held in a foam insulator that says, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD." This is not a matter of theology, or even of ecology, but of symbolic mush.
I generally think that demonstrations on the floor of the House of Deputies get out of hand and go weird pretty fast, and that from a critic who loves the weird. Sometimes it gets awful, as in the salt caper at the 2000 Convention.
Why in particular would one want to say "The Lord our God" five times a day while drinking commercially bottled water held in a foam insulator that says, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD." I'm not against it, I am puzzled by it. Is this somehow a witness to those at GC who do not believe in the Lord our God, or that all we do is through Jesus Christ our Lord? If it is not, then who is it addressed to? Is it simply a witness to one's own holiness? What gives?
Unlike the salt business this does not appear on the surface to be an exorcism sort of activity. But it does appear either to be self-righteous or silly. Covenant-Communion. net seems to be a serious site. This seems either frivolous or simply fluff. Either way is fine. But it also seems like an incantation to keep the terrible sinful liberal Episcopal Church in line. Incantations are, like spreading salt, sacramental acts gone mad.
Why is Covenant-Communion publishing this?