Fans have long discussed the Biblical imagery and allegories within the Star Wars saga, but the line between The Force and Christianity has become even more blurred over in Germany. The Zion Church in Berlin held a Star Wars-themed service as Episode VII continues to dominate the box office.
“The wait is over — the Force has awakened!” vicar-in-training Ulrike Garve exclaimed in opening the 500-person Protestant service, according to Reuters.
In addition to the organist playing the films’ opening theme, a projection screen showed a clip from The Return of the Jedi in which Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) grapples with Darth Vader while declaring to The Emperor that he will never join The Dark Side.
“The more we talked about it, the more parallels we discovered between Christian traditions and the movies,” Garve said. “We wanted to make churchgoers aware of these analogies.” Priest Eva-Maria Menard echoed these sentiments in light of some aggressive remarks to the service on social media. “We need to address contemporary issues or our faith will not be able to carry us through it.”
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Take a peek inside the service by watching above, thanks to video posted by the Associated Press.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially opened in theaters Friday and broke records with a $238 million opening weekend.