Thursday, 28 April 2011

Oh death, Up yours!

It’s a bit hectic in the Ritchie household as we prepare for our move to a new parish next week so not much blogging going on. I have been trying to snatch the odd moment to do some reading around the themes of Easter including Rob Bell’s Love Wins, Tom Wright’s Justification and Paula Gooder’s This Risen Existence. Lots of good, thought provoking material to mull over while slapping the paint on a bedroom wall.

However, my favourite quote over the Easter period has come from Revd Richard Coles. On hearing news of the death of the great Poly Styrene former singer with X-Ray Spex, Richard sent the following tweet:
Have just heard of the death of Poly Styrene - may flights of angels hymn her to her rest. RIP, and , in Easter Hope, Oh Death , Up YOURS!
I was wondering whether we could use this in some Easter liturgy. How about:
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Oh death, Up yours!

4 comments:

Archdruid Eileen said...

1 - 2 - 3 - 4....

You're not gonna get a sax player that good in every church. Best you can get at the Beaker folk is a kazoo, and that's not the same thing at all.

Revsimmy said...

Where can I sign up to trial this piece of experimental liturgy?

Doug Chaplin said...

The Church of England: still able to attract a better class of communard, eh?

obreption said...

I was moved by the death of Poly Styrene. I'm still preparing the Ethyl Benzene conversion to Styrene polymerisation tribute and I am reminded by your post of that comment by Nietzche: "God is dead"/Nietzche and the repost by God: Nietzche is Dead - God. Of course in today's liturgy God would have said, "Up Yours!" I'm trying to put a 'betwixt, bothered and bewildered' tribute to Frank Sinatra, but the Royal Wedding has put me back to the Prayer Book. Might have more luck with the JP2 liturgy coming up soon.

If you're in the mood, there is a famous 'Up yours' by Sir Sydney Rough-Diamond in Carry on Up the Khyber. Not PC, but what the heck.

Good luck with your move.