I was astonished - and outraged - to read this report.
A SACRILEGIOUS decision by the National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church (the even woker, if t’were possible, estranged American child of the C of E) in Washington to charge $7 per person for attendance at their Christmas Eve Eucharist has provoked a rightful furore in Christian circles.
Payment for church services or to obtain ecclesiastical office is the sin of Simony (see Acts 8:9-23), in which the Grace of God is blasphemously treated as a commercial asset.
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The event in question is not an organ recital, chamber concert or art display for which a small donation would not be inappropriate. No, it is the service of the Eucharist, the Mass, the Lord’s Supper where Jesus manifests Himself in His Body and Blood for salvation of the world. Even to consider charging admission fees to this great feast in which all distinctions of social class, sex, nation, tribe or colour pale into nothingness in the light of the universe-shattering, arras-rending love of Jesus stems from gross spiritual deformity.
There's more at the link.
I entirely agree with the last paragraph quoted above. In fact, I can't help but recall what happened on one occasion when Jesus visited his Temple in Jerusalem. Violence resulted. One wonders whether a repeat visit, this time in the nation's capital, might not be entirely appropriate . . . indeed, a consummation devoutly to be wished upon those who approved this travesty of faith.