Prayers For A Noonday Church  (Glassgow  1500)  1969


 Berkery, Pat - Prayers For A Noonday Church

One of those really “out-there” priests reciting his cosmic religious poetry overtop the trippy psychedelic rock backing of the group Spur – five hippies who are heavy on the organ and all those wild guitar effects (“mind blowing” states the liner notes). Bigtime weird and totally dated late-‘60s spaced-out feel – in other words it’s excellent! Father Berkery’s almost expressionless delivery adds to the strangeness, as he delivers lines like “cup brimming, eyes swimming, ruby red wine; gold encircles, gold in vision, Christ is remembered?” (from ‘Chalice’). ‘Seminary’ has Spur doing a psych jam of ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ in the background, while ‘Blessings’ works in the theme from the Doxology. Other titles include ‘Baptism’, ‘Confessions’, ‘An Altar’, ‘Priesthood’, ‘Celibacy’, ‘Preaching’ and ‘Sick Call’. Liner notes by Joe Valentine of The Mission. Spur also recorded an album on their own around the same time called Spur Of The Moment. Not a parody – just some Catholic ozone heads being creative. Unipak gatefold cover.  (The Archivist, 4th edition  by Ken Scott).

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This one was on the Heavenly Grooves Site.


01. Baptism…Silent Night

02. Confession…Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent

03. An Altar…O Lord I am Not Worthy

04. Chalice…Panis Angelicious

05. Priesthood…My Tongue My Saviour’s Glory

06. Seminary…Onward Christian Soldiers

07. Celibacy…Holy, Holy, Holy

08. Blessings…O God From Whom All Blessings Flow

09. Preaching…To Jesus Christ Our Saviour King

10. Sick Call…Dies Irea