This month's Maggot Gagger Award goes to "Women's Ministries working for gender justice in the Church & the world" for their liturgies for trial use in the Episcopal "Church" in America.
Here are a few excerpts for the strong of stomach. This is real, not satire.
Morning Prayers to the Lady*
The Officiant (O) and the people (P) begin by saying
O: Dear Lady, open our lips
P: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise...
Confession of Sin
Silence may be kept. All kneel.
O&P: Most merciful Lady, we confess that we have
separated ourselves from you in thought, word and
deed, by what we have done and by what we have
left undone. We have not loved you with our whole
heart; we have not loved our neighbors
as ourselves; and we have even failed to love
ourselves. We are truly sorry, and we humbley
repent. Have mercy on us and forgive us; by your
love, lead us forward in a new direction that we
may delight in your vision for us and walk in your
ways to bring honor to your name. Amen.
A Collect for Guidance
Blessed Lady, walk with us this day and guide us in all the tasks we undertake. Open our hearts to hear and acknowledge the thoughts and feelings of others, especially those of children. Help us to nurture ourselves and one another without engaging in enabling behaviors. Empower us with patience, Wisdom, and joy, that at the close of day we may rest in the assurance that we, like your beautiful Son, Jesus Christ, are in right relationship with you. Amen.
A Collect for Service
Holy Lady who sent your Son Jesus Christ among us as one who serves, draw us into service this day. Give grace to those who serve others through their occupations or volunteer work. Give us grateful hearts to joyfully receive the assistance of others. Lead us to the knowledge that all challenges and relief come from your hand. Amen.
A Collect for Peace
Gentle Lady, who desires all of creation to live in perfect harmony, assist us in our search for peace...
They even created a Eucharist.
The people ( P) standing, the celebrant (C) says
Blessed be the Lady who births, redeems and
P: And blessed be all of her creation forever. Amen
C: Nurturing Mother, our hearts are open to you. You
know our yearnings and our deepest fears. Purify
our hearts with your burning love, that we may
learn to love you more and more. Amen.
C: Loving Lady, have mercy.
P: Mother Jesus, have mercy.
C: Loving Lady, have mercy.
The Collect (see Proper 5, p 229, BCP)
C&P: Mother of all mercies, all good things proceed from you. Inspire us to think right thoughts and empower us to act on them; through your beautiful Son, Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit perpetually watches over us. Amen
This is about as much as I can stand to post. I hope I have not soured anyone's stomach.