Genuine Christine

"For this, O dearly beloved, is the genuine Christine: body and soul and blood and ouns": Mulligan's words imitate the Catholic priest’s action of presenting the consecrated host to the congregation, an action which itself recapitulates Jesus’ words at the Last Supper (“This is my body...This is my blood”). The mocking substitution of Christine for Christ briefly makes Mulligan’s ceremony a Satanic black mass, since this inverted mass is traditionally celebrated over a woman’s naked body. 

JH 2011


Black mass as celebrated at the court of Louis XIV. Source:

Henry de Malvost, The Guiborg Mass (1666). Source: