Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Easter Sunday at Anime Boston

This past weekend, Anime Boston fell on Easter, as it has a number of times in the past.  So, what’s a Christian otaku to do?  Attend mass nearby, of course.

Otaku Journalist’s Lauren Rae Orsini wrote a wonderful post for the Anime Boston blog about the con and Easter Sunday.  Her interview with two con-goers who attended Easter mass was enlightening, and brought up the interesting idea of going to church in…cosplay.  Really, it’s an important topic – is the church quick to dismiss based on one’s outside appearance.  An awesome Casting Crowns song called “If We Are the Body” asks a similar question as it exposes Christian hypocrisy.

Lauren also discusses some potentially controversial wording and imagery at the con.  There’s definitely a schism between what Christians find holy and untouchable and what most others would consider “fair game.”  Unfortunately, I think this difference is what often leads to anger, misunderstandings, and an even larger divided between Christians and non-believers.

Please visit the Anime Boston blog and give Lauren’s post a read!

Easter Sunday at Anime Boston

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6 thoughts on “Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Easter Sunday at Anime Boston

  1. That was an interesting read. I’ve never attended the St. Francis mass while at Anime Boston (guess I was always a bit intimidated as I’m not Catholic), but I’ll be sure to reconsider the next time I’m there. 😀

    1. Well, I’m glad Lauren’s post gave you some food for thought. I’d certainly be willing to try, though I assume there must be some other churches nearby as well!

  2. No offense or anything, in fact take it as a compliment, but I’m just amazed at how you still have Christianity x Anime content going! To think that you’re able to base post after post with the religion… Wow, just wow.

    I find it hard to stay on topic within just one post, let alone have an overall theme for the blog XD

    In short, great job 🙂 And you get an extra cookie from me for including Lauren posts – she was actually the one who first encouraged me to start my blog.

    1. Thanks for the kudos – no, I definitely take it as a compliment. And no one is more surprised than I am, haha. In fact, I’ve got dozens and dozens and dozens of ideas on paper, so I hope to continue going down this road.

      Lauren’s amazing – she’s totally an encourager. She’s been an awesome encouragement for my in my blogging also!

  3. First off, my very best wishes to you as we commemorate the Lord’s Resurrection in this season of joy. Happy Easter!

    “Really, it’s an important topic – is the church quick to dismiss based on one’s outside appearance.”

    Ah, that’s a contentious issue right there. As with many things, it depends on the circumstances.

    Say a person comes to Mass dress in a ragged old shirt and jeans about ready to fall apart at the seams. If the reason for this is that they’re struggling to make ends meet and it’s the absolute best they can afford, then of course the state of their clothes shouldn’t matter; the lesson of the widow’s mite comes to mind here. On the other hand, if they could have easily managed to put on something better, but didn’t because they didn’t care or were saving their best clothes for an occasion not even remotely as important as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (say a friend’s birthday party), well . . . that’s another matter entirely. Now when encountering such a person, one probably couldn’t tell offhand which of the two situations is true, and one must be very careful not to judge others unjustly. But it’s also important (especially with one’s own dress choices more so than those of others) to bear in mind that the whole “oh, it’s what’s on the inside that matters” excuse is not a blanket absolution.

    Rest assured, and I can’t stress this strongly enough, I mean and speak no ill of the persons in the article (indeed it’s very heartening to see them take their Sunday obligation seriously enough not to skip Mass). I am, however, a little concerned – in a broader, more general sense – that some people might be taking an unduly cavalier attitude towards what they wear in the presence of the Lord, and especially at Mass. Why a person would show up for a party dressed to the nines, and then come to church for the Holy Sacrifice – an event infinitely more important than any mere social gathering – dressed in much the same clothes he’d wear lounging about at home (yes, sadly that does happen in my corner of the world), completely boggles my mind.

    Again (sorry to repeat the point but it’s important), nothing here is aimed directly at the people in the article. But as you highlighted in the post, it brings up an important issue, and I’m reacting mainly to that.

    Cheers.

    1. Thanks for the comments, Diego. As you know, this has always been a contentious matter, as you say – Paul addresses how the Corinthians should dress to church.

      There’s certainly a level of respect we should show the LORD, but there’s also grace. I haven’t thought much about the topic, to tell you the truth. But I certainly wonder how much it speaks to each person’s heart – I sometimes judge people who dress way down at my church, though we’re very “come as you are” – and then I realize I’m being a Pharisee. At the same time, you bring up a good point about reverence.

      Not to mention the differences between Mass and worship services from denomination to denomination.

      Anyway, these are excellent things to think about. Thanks, and happy Easter!

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