Christus Detergens

(An Advertisement)

Our sacrificing fathers knew,
And God has shown it with the Flood,
That water may be good for mud
Stains, grass stains, sweat stains too,
But some things got from what we do
Are only gotten out with blood.

–Summer 1984

(“Christus Detergens” appeared in the Spring 2001 issue of Time of Singing, Conneaut Lake PA.)


“Christus Detergens” uses a common advertisement as a metaphor for dramatizing the central point of the Christian faith and thereby reverses the profane world’s appropriation of religion to advertise its goods.

Published on December 5, 2006 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

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