Worshiping the EU

 

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“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and
the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I
John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of
heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great
voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,
and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God
himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former
things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I
make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are
true and faithful.”

These moving words, describing the advent of the Messianic Age, were
read as part of the liturgy
for a special service
conducted at Westminster Abbey earlier this
month.

The service on Sunday 9 May, 2010, was known as “a Service for Europe
Day” and commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the Schuman
Declaration
. The Declaration was made by the then French Foreign
Minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950 and is viewed as the first step in
the foundation of the present European Union.

In a strange synthesis of Christianity and state worship, the flag of
the European Union was presented at the Communion Table while an
extract from the Schuman Declaration was read from the Pulpit.

The congregation's amended Act of Penitence read “Let us bring before
God our failures and weaknesses… our self-seeking, the opposition séculaire
which has hindered our unity and harmed our people. (Séculaire is
French for ‘centuries-old’, invoking the idea that self-seeking nations
have long been harming their people by failing to seek unity.)

Towards the end of the service, Pascal Grégoire, First Secretary of
the Embassy of Belgium (representing the Ambassador of Belgium) said, “Let
us pledge ourselves anew to the service of peace and to the
strengthening of the bonds of friendship and goodwill that unite the
member states of this European Union.

The audience were instructed to reply: “Lord God our Father, we
affirm our commitment to the European Union as a force for good in your
world.

The curious service finished off by singing Thine be the Glory simultaneously
in French, English and German followed by a blessing, the processing of
the EU flag and the Anthem of the European Union.

To read more about this curious service, click HERE.

One thought on “Worshiping the EU

  1. Reminds me of the secular religion of Reason the French tried to institutionalize after their revolution — except they’ve learned to co-opt existing religion more directly, rather than inventing a new one.

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