"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mass chat revisited: Liturgical dance - Spanish priest dances traditional flamenco during Mass

In 1997, Father Pepe, who will retire in September, 
danced in front of the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

I've known so many who could probably top this ... but anyway:
Jose Planas Moreno has brought parishioners flocking back to the Nuestra Señora del Carmen church in Campanilla, a district of Malaga, with his unusual style of worship.

Unlike across the rest of Spain where the Catholic Church has struggled with falling numbers, the priest, who is known as Father Pepe, celebrates mass to a packed congregation with queues regularly forming outside his church.

The 66-year-old curate delights the faithful by dancing the sevillanas – a traditional dance linked to flamenco – in the aisle of the church during mass.

Female worshippers leap from their pews to take a turn dancing with Father Pepe as he hitches up his white cassock, raises his arms above his head and kicks his heels. - Story here.



  1. Better that than twerking!

  2. Yeah, because the Mass should be entertaining to the Me First, I Need to be the Center of Attention crowd.

    1. I think you have missed the point. Perhaps some come partly for the dancing, but at least they come while other parishes are emptying - and he does preach good homilies.

    2. Perhaps you don't understand what happens at the Holy Sacrfice of the Mass and why dancing is inappropriate to say the least. If his homilies were that good this disrespectful behavior wouldn't go on. You can't preach Christ crucified while making a mockery.

  3. Not impressed by this behavior in Mass especially by the priest. What's he thinking? I know King David danced before the Ark of the Covenant with great joy and praise but I highly doubt he would do such while in the Synagogue. The Lord Jesus is holy beyond all imaging. Righteous in justice and in glory that we should die before such beauty.

    The Lord deserves the purest possible worship and adoration from any priest who is celebrating the Holy Mass whether it be the NO or the TLM and we should follow the priest in said worship and adoration.

    Too sad and upsetting to see such abuse still being celebrated as if it was just some folks getting together for a fun hour.

    I don't like it.

    1. There were no synagogues at the time of King David who did indeed dance before the Ark. The Temple which was to house the Ark was holy precisely because it contained the Ark, not the other way around.

      I agree that the Lord deserves the best possible worship and adoration; for King David this meant dancing for joy in His very presence. Why should it be different today? I prefer a quiet Mass, but not everyone finds such a thing helpful coming into God's presence. Let us not judge. After all, at least these people are attending Holy Mass.

    2. My Jewish friends refer to their Synagogue as a Temple so it means the same to me. I am well aware the Ark of the Covenant is the Holy of Holies and whose heart would not lift up with joy at such a site? Everything has its place and its time.

      You are right though, at least these people are attending Mass. I could say the same thing about some of the Masses I have been to; loud music, to the point of distraction, Father doing whatever he wants, sloppy liturgy, with kids who have not made their first communion helping out as altar servers...but hey!
      At least I am at Mass praying to be silenced into a spirit of adoration since that is what I want so as to love the Lord Jesus and my neighbor all the more sincerely.

  4. Father does have a lot of panache as a dancer though.

  5. Panache as a dancer is a beautiful thing...the one requirement in a man is to be a great dancer if he wants to take me out to dinner. @_@ But I digress...

    He'll get brownie points from me if he shows great panache in his homilies and fires up folks to love and follow the Lord and be a good and faithful Catholics. <3

    I watched the video on Deacon Greg's blog...the women are dressed like they are at the beach...sad. ^^

    I know...I know ...too early to sound like a stiff but I just got off work and I am sleepy. ^^

    1. I know - LOL! Fr. Pepe seems to have noticed how the women are dressed as well.

    2. I've been to Mass at Nuestra Señora del Carmen. Padre's homilies (the 3 or 4 I've heard) are unfailingly centred on developing our relationship with Christ.


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