Star Wars Day

I understand that today is Star Wars Day.

Honestly, I prefer Talk Like Shakespeare Day or even Talk Like a Pirate Day.

In my opinion the best part of Star Wars is that great and ominous march which, I have already determined, must be played in the cathedral if I am ever consecrated bishop.   You know… just to set the tone for my reign.  But I digress.

It seems that the origin for this observance of Star Wars Day came from some wag who, upon this fourth day of May, form his beery genius quipped “May the fourth be with you”.

One of my emails suggested that the best response would be…

… c’mom…

… you can do it!


“And alsoooooo….. “

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  1. Acanthaster says:

    !! And also with your spirsoloasopirtpairdadsov *looks around in awkwardness*

  2. ghp95134 says:

    P. Sit vis nobiscum
    R. Et cum vis tuo.

    Okay … probably all wrong since it came from Google Translate.


  3. Tim Ferguson says:

    and with your midichlorians

  4. Legisperitus says:

    Whether true or not, it’s at least a popular urban legend that many Catholics in movie theaters reflexively spoke that answer when Alec Guinness said, “The Force will be with you always.”

  5. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Re: the great and ominous march

    Even more ominous when played by a Scottish pipe and drum band.

  6. Mariana says:

    “Honestly, I prefer Talk Like Shakespeare Day….”

    I find your lack of faith disturbing : ) !

  7. Finarfin says:

    I’m of the same mind as you Fr. I like Talk Like Shakespeare Day better too.

    I never liked the whole “the force” theology. Acting like there’s this supernatural power that can be tapped into. Maybe I’m just weird, but I’ve never been comfortable with it…

  8. Dies Irae says:

    You were pretty close.
    Its actually: “Et etiam cum vobis”. (Although, with the new translation…, we might be better off just using “Et cum spiritu tuo.”)
    Google Translate came out pretty good on that one, though. It’s always annoying because I can’t do my Latin homework on it; it never declines properly!!!
    BTW, one of my friends and I translated “The Devil went Down to Georgia” into Latin. (And, no, we did not use Google Translate.) :)

  9. abdiesus says:

    Since we now have the Ordinariate, shouldn’t it be legal to say: “And with THY Spirit?”

  10. Supertradmum says:

    Is there a Star Trek Day? I am tired of all the Star Wars hype. “Really boring, is Manichean dualistic philosophy, is it not?”

  11. Laura R. says:

    abdiesus, that’s how I made the transition last Advent — and, “and with thy” is a little easier to say than “and with your,” IMHO.

    Fr. Z., my mind is reeling at the thought of the vestments you might be wearing if you processed in to that march — and would you carry a lightcrozier afterwards?

  12. josephx23 says:

    Supertradmum, your point is taken. Nonetheless, I’d rather be a brown-robed Manichee in a galaxy far, far away than a sixties-era Modernist in a form-fitting space suit.

  13. Supertradmum says:

    JosephX23…there are alternatives…one could be a short, irritating fuzzy teddy bear look alike…or better yet, Marvin on a good day

  14. Scott W. says:

    Well I did have a Lutheran friend who said he would have converted on the spot if Cdl. Ratzinger had chosen the papal name Vader I.

  15. Andrew says:

    “May the force be with you”. George Lucas unforutunately, did not know what it is.

  16. Geoffrey says:

    I think one of the best things about Star Wars is the music score (for all 6 films). However, I don’t know if playing John William’s “Imperial March” would be liturgically acceptable… unless it were done on a pipe organ, of course! ;-)

  17. pm125 says:

    And alsoooo … the fifth ?

  18. Kieninger says:

    Two words: Liturgical helmets.

  19. ContraMundum says:

    I don’t know if playing John William’s “Imperial March” would be liturgically acceptable.

    Hmm… Maybe some appropriate Gregorian chant could be shoehorned into that tune?

    I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I have had real success at singing the Star Spangled Banner to the tune of the Soviet national anthem. (This was to test my theory that the Star Spangled Banner could be sung to any tune whatsoever and it would sound neither better nor worse than when sung to an old British drinking tune.)

  20. Michelle F says:

    I think the “Imperial March” from Star Wars would be okay. Do you all remember what was played on the Vatican’s outdoor loudspeakers as Benedict XVI rode around St. Peter’s Square after his installation Mass? It was Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565) – something my fellow Americans tend to associate with horror films!

    I hoped at the time that the Holy Father was signaling his intentions for his pontificate but, alas, it hasn’t been as dramatic as I hoped.

    I’m still hoping, however. :)

  21. jmgazzoli says:

    There is … always … International Talk Like … William Shatner Day … on … 22 March.

  22. Geoffrey says:

    “Hmm… Maybe some appropriate Gregorian chant could be shoehorned into that tune?”

    There is the piece known as “The Emperor’s Theme” that uses a male choir.

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