Genuine Christine

"For this, O dearly beloved, is the genuine Christine": 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: