August 11, 2006

What so-called “liturgical” dance needs to look like…

… if you want more men to attend Mass more often.

Click on the image to watch a video (less than two minutes long).

Here's another sample.


Blogger Etayne said...

They look more like minions from hell. Arent't they supposed to play a nice game of soccer? :::chuckle:::

A blogging monk! You go, Father S! It's important to be in the here and now. Especially in matters of faith. But that's just my humble opinion.

4:57 AM  
Blogger Danny Garland Jr. said...

WOW! All I can think of is Braveheart. I'm positive that this is the exact kind of pre-game intimidation William Wallace would do if he played rugby!

2:33 PM  
Blogger aaron said...

They do that before every match they play. Australia and Sth Africa seem to play them the most so me see that regularly.

But please, no liturgical dance under any circumstances

2:13 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Aaron, I agree. Maybe we ough to have the "All Blacks" team stationed at the doors of churches to "haka" away any so-called "liturgical" dancers from entering.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...


As a Rugby and an All Blacks fan for more than thirty years, I am pleased by your hearty reaction to one of the most famous institutions of sport world-wide, the All Blacks haka, which they have been doing before practically every match since 1905.

It would take way way waaaaaay to long for me to explain the history behind this, so I would refer you to this excellent page on the Haka Rugby site.

Comments on the two videos: The monochrome version is a rendition of "Ka Mate," the standard All Black haka, made for Adidas (their clothier) in support of their Rugby World Cup campaign in 1999. It was a wonderful commercial -- unfortunately the All Blacks were beaten in the semi-finals by the French in one of the great upsets in Rugby history. (The quadrennial Rugby World Cup will be played, mostly in France, this fall.)

The other version is of a newly composed haka, "Kapa O Paonga," which premiered at the All Blacks/Springboks (South Africa) match in 2005 (I think). It aroused controversy because of the throat-slitting gesture at the end. Hospitality is a central component of the Lebensphilosoph of Rugby. You play hard for 80 minutes, then you share some beers with the guys you've beaten up on the pitch. You don't slit their throats. Anyway, enough of that rant.

I could go on and on, but ... I would refer you to Web sites like Planet for more about -- The Game They Play In Heaven (as we like to say).

5:53 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Oh ... small comment -- New Zealand, Australia (the Wallabies), and South Africa (the Springboks) have an annual tournament among themselves called the Tri-Nations -- that was the graphic that you saw at the beginning of the "Kapa O Paonga" clip. Originally it was home-and-away (six Test matches), but now it's home-and-home-and away (nine Test matches). So they see each other every year. Right now, they're in the middle of the "Super 14" league of NZ/AUS/SA interprovincial teams. See Planet Rugby for more details.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

--Exodus 15:3a in the language of Aotearoa

6:02 PM  

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