Thursday, April 28, 2011

Live blogging from Westminster Abbey

Like the other truly important guests invited here today, I’ve been requested to take my seat hours before anything happens. Since the Spirit appears to have hardened the hearts of those either side of me: the elderly Peer seated on my left is asleep (although he may have died), while the Baroness on the right - clearly an Apostate Liberal - ran screaming for the exits when she recognized me, I’ve taken a break from my never-ending work of Evangelism in order to admire my surroundings.

Certainly the décor is very nice, in a quaint sort of historical way, but I can’t help thinking how much more effective it would be from a church-growth perspective if the church wardens covered over all these bare walls and fancy memorials with some tasteful brick veneer. Then they could put up a few nice decorations people could relate to: some firearms, for example, and a few mounted heads of dead animals - I realize England no longer has any lions and bears to hunt, but surely the London Zoo would spare a few for a cause this worthy.

Hopefully Bishop Quinine and Evangelical Eric will be able to follow their instructions: naturally there were no seats available for them in the Abbey, but anticipating this we brought along a very fine pantomime horse costume. Our plan is that once dressed they allow themselves to be harnessed up alongside the bridal carriage, thereby enabling them to also enjoy a first-hand experience of this wonderful day. Unfortunately our rehearsals had all involved Bishop Quinine occupying the animal’s rear, and as flight-related oxygen deprivation flight has rendered Evangelical Eric temporarily unable to walk in a straight line without assistance they’ve had to exchange positions. (He’s also developed the delusion that he’s a professional Morris dancer, but as long as he isn’t allowed to wear anything with embroidery and bells this shouldn’t pose a problem.) Still, we all know how accomplished the British upper-classes are when it comes to handling horses, so I’m sure things will work out.

Before closing, I must thank the nice young reporters who have allowed me to log into their wireless network: all they’ve asked in return is for me to permit them to install a small and discreet camera to the tip of my shoe, and try my hardest to maneuver it in such a way as to take pictures up the bridesmaids’ dresses. People can say what they will about Rupert Murdoch, but there’s no denying he’s really brought out the best in the British journalists.

I’m Father Christian and I teach the Bible.

3 comments :

Leonardo Ricardo said...

You´re seated! I´ve got to take a nap before the holy festivities begin--hope I don´t oversleep and miss my 2:00 A.M. wake-up--actually I hope to have a couple of dozing momentos when Dr. Williams starts with the little clipped messages of joy and ¨witness¨ (my that man annunciates, could crack crystal) -- quite rightly I´ve heard as much as I need to hear from him for a lifetime -- good thing William and Kathryn are youngish. Dear Father, please watch your toecamera--it´s going to rain a little and we don´t want you to go into shock!

Nitey nite, see you soon on camera (clearly they´ll be doing closeups of you during the ceremony).

Fr Orsen Carte said...

Welcome to Blighty, Father! From the vantage point of my humble tent, I have noticed Dr Lisa Nolland is doing research on "Royals who have Sex with Horses". Please make Eric aware that a mad woman may fondle his bottom as part of her studies into "The Perversions of Pantomime Horses in Revisionist Anglicanism". Since Prince William's Bride once appeared in a Pantomime, it is suspected at Anglican Mainstream she may be a lesbian.

Calamity Jane said...

Since Kate refuses to obey Wills, then she's got to be a lesbian!