The atypical mass also featured a speech by civil rights leader Ella Baker, as well as more traditional bible readings, a sermon and communion.
The mass was presided by Reverend Yolanda North, who also teaches a class entitled “Beyoncé and the Hebrew Bible” at a local seminary.
“When we talk about womanist biblical interpretation, Beyoncé felt like a natural fit,” Norton told the San Francisco Chronicle. “If we look at the trajectory of her person and her relationships, we can see so many issues black women face and how it can affect how we interpret the text.”
The Reverend also refuted the idea that the point of the service was to worship Beyonce.
“I know people think we’re worshipping Beyoncé. None of that is true,” Norton added. “This is a way to just have different kinds of conversation.”