Well, it had to show up here eventually: the video of the Easter Sunday Mass in Hartsberg, Austria, featuring the Easter Bunny leading the Prayer of the Faithful.
To perhaps give a fuller picture of what else is going on in this parish, here is a clip from their Easter Vigil. Aside from the fact that they left the lights off during the Exultet, I don’t see anything here that would scare the horses of the Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher.
There’s been plenty of apoplexy over the first video, so maybe here we can try for some analysis.
So was the Bunny leading the prayer of the faithful simply an (unfortunate?) attempt at inculturation? Given that it was the family Mass, was it a (pandering?) way of trying to reach the children?
If we think this was a bad idea (OK, I’ll admit it: I think it was a terrible idea), how would one go about explaining why it is bad, other than chanting “say the black; do the red” (in fact, I don’t think there’s anything in the red forbidding the Easter Bunny from leading the Prayer of the Faithful)?
If we think it was a good idea, how would we justify it on liturgical/theological grounds — i.e. in some way other than saying how cute people thought it was?
UPDATE/CORRECTION: Perusing the parish website (thanks to Brigid for the link) I see that the children’s Mass was on Easter Monday, not Easter Sunday.