U2 go to church

Their songs are incorporated into services

U2 have had their songs incorporated into church services.

A number of Episcopal churches in the US have begun using music by the band into their communion services.

Called the U2Charist, the service has spread to 150 churches in 15 US states.

The first U2Charist service was held at Maine’s York Harbor on July 31. The Episcopal priest at the service, Reverend Paige Blair, came up with idea.

Blair told USA Today: “Bach and Handel were the popular music of their day, and they had trouble getting played in church. The Methodist hymn writers once wrote contemporary music. Are we worshipping Bono? Absolutely not.”

A key part of the U2Charist is also an offering for Bono’s campaign against poverty and global AIDS.