“And lead us not into temptation…”
As a Catholic boy who attended an all-male Catholic school, temptation was everywhere. I lusted after the boys in gym class, and their naked bodies in the locker room – all the while, believing my desires were evil and wrong. Wrestling with that guilt, especially in the malleable mind of a child, is something that tends to stick with you.
It would take years upon years for me to realize that the only evil is telling a child that their desire to love and be loved, to fuck and be fucked, is a sinful abomination. Indeed, the God that I know is present whenever and wherever consensual love and pleasure blossoms or is expressed. Where there is love, there is God.
Titled The Invocation, this week’s religiously-themed video features Alex Faux, JP Dubois, Clark Lewis & Gabriel Cross. Watch a free preview on Himeros.tv. Or, join Himeros.tv to watch the full-length video.
The film opens in a chapel, with Alex’s nude recitation of the Lord’s prayer. And as Alex mentions temptation, a trio of naked, hard men appear behind him. It’s as though Alex has summoned the men into existence. And, one by one, each of the men have their way with Alex – eating his ass, fucking him and holding him tightly.
While fantastical and almost dream-like, the film reclaims the religious spaces often used for shame and division. This gothic chapel with stained glass windows becomes the scene of a different type of worship. Instead of bowing to something abstract and canonical, the men celebrate life and each other through pleasure and orgasmic ecstasy. For me, nothing connects me deeper to the source of life than pleasure.
The idea that the power to worship and celebrate life is within us – and not some cathedral of stone, brick and stained glass – is one that the church most certainly wishes to deny. And by shaming our sex and sexuality under layers of guilt, the Church seeks to keep us separated from our power. By doing so, they maintain their authority. But the truth is, the power we seek is inside each of us – and it serves many of us better to cut out the middle man.
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