Secret Pop

Apr 12, 2005


I was watching The Daily Show coverage of Prince Charles' latest wedding, and they played a clip of the Archbishop of Canterbury leading the congregation in a penitent prayer that included these phrases: "We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness. We do earnestly repent and are utterly sorry for these our misdoings. The remembrance of them is grievous unto us. The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us." And it reminded me so much of that scene in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life when Michael Palin leads the school in the prayer that goes: "O Lord. Ooh, You are so big. So absolutely huge. Gosh, we're all really impressed down here, I can tell You. Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying and barefaced flattery. But You are so strong and, well, just so super. Amen." The intersection of these moments makes me want to do two things. (1) Join the Church of England. (2) Marry Michael Palin in it.

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