The National Sacrament of Pride Month

Rainbow flags at a Gay Pride parade in New York City, 2007. (Chip East/Reuters)
It retains immense cultural power.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P ride Month has a sacramental character to it, if you look hard enough.

A sacrament — from the Latin word sacramentum, a translation of the Greek word mysterion, meaning “hidden thing” or “mystery” — is a ritual with both physical and metaphysical components. Consider, to use a papist analogy, how the physical bread takes on the metaphysical substance of the Body of Christ in the celebration of the Eucharist. It’s not one-to-one, of course, but Pride Month is similarly sacramental — the marches, advertisements, and rainbowed corporate logos are the raw materials. Yet Pride Month has a deeper symbolic meaning, one

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