Monday, October 30, 2006

U2 at Church

Throughout their 30-year career, U2 has sifted through various images of religion. It's not any big secret. Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. had their own Bible study group in the pre-U2 days. Their second album, October, is loaded with Christian images, and during its recording, critics hailed U2 as a Christian band, something that U2 has always denied. Bono got to hang out with Pope John Paul II before his passing in 2005. They're just a rock & roll band, right?

Today, a few churches are turning to U2. USA Today reports that the U2 Eucharist, is a "traditional Episcopal liturgy" that refers to some of U2's best-selling songs such as "Beautiful Day" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" as hymns. The concept involves combining U2 songs with related religious montages. Reverend Paige Blair, a parish priest in York Harbor, Maine, incorporated some of U2's lyrics during a sermon in July 2005. Since then, she's gone on to assist 150 churches with their own U2 Eucharists, and the idea is spreading like wildfire across 15 states and seven countries. They're not worshipping Bono, but choosing to use him and the band's work as an example of spreading the word.

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