This week an Episcopal Church in San Francisco held a “Beyonce Mass” where Christian followers were supposed to rejoice and pray to the Queen.
Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal church, announced a month ago that its was holding a special “Beyonce” worship service. Officially the service was supposed to “explore Beyonce’s music and how it relates to the spiritual experience of black women and the issues they face in society.”
Revered Yolanda Norton, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary, preached Wednesday night’s message.
Here’s how ABC News – who attended the mass – described it:
The large cathedral was dimly lit with purple lights for the evening service. As guests filed into the church, Beyonce songs like ‘Freakum Dress’ and ‘Countdown’ blared across loud speakers.
Once everyone was seated, the church’s lead singer launched into a gospel-rendition of the Destiny’s Child song ‘Survivor’.
It was followed by prayer and a reading from a speech by the late Ella Baker, an African-American civil rights and human rights activist.
In between other Beyonce selections such as ‘Listen’, ‘Freedom’ ‘Flaws and All’ and ‘I Was Here’, Norton read from Psalms and Luke and preached to the large crowd.
And they made an adjustment to The Lord’s Prayer – changing God into a woman – in honor of Beyonce. Look:
Here are some pictures from the event:
Reports say that, “staff at the Episcopal cathedral estimated that over 900 people came to the celebration of the traditional service using the music and social philosophy of the pop star.”
Church is over. So, of course, the Rev. is getting lit. #BeyonceMass