Despite Requests to City, September
Event Still Scheduled
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August 4, 2014
The Memorial of St. John Vianney
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
By now you are probably aware that a Satanic group has scheduled a so-called Black Mass for Sunday, September 21 at the
Music Hall in . Oklahoma City
Even though tickets are being sold for this event as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment, this Satanic ritual is deadly serious. It is a blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass. Using a consecrated Host obtained illicitly from a Catholic church and desecrating it in the vilest ways imaginable, the practitioners offer it in sacrifice to Satan. This terrible sacrilege is a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians. It mocks Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we Catholics believe is truly present under the form of bread and wine in the Holy Eucharist when it has been consecrated by a validly ordained priest.
In spite of repeated requests, there has been no indication that the City intends to prevent this event from taking place. I have raised my concerns with city officials and pointed out how deeply offensive this proposed sacrilegious act is to Christians and especially to the more than 250,000 Catholics who live in
. I am certainly concerned
about the misuse of a publicly supported facility for an event which has no
other purpose than mocking the Catholic faith. I am especially concerned
about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and
the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or
indirectly. Since it seems this event will not be cancelled, I am calling
on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counteract this
challenge to faith and decency through prayer and penance. Oklahoma
Specifically, I am asking that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel be included at the conclusion of every Mass, beginning on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6) and continuing through the Feast of the Archangels (September 29). I invite all Catholics to pray daily for divine protection through the intercession of this heavenly patron who once defeated Lucifer in his rebellion against the Almighty and who stands ready to assist us in this hour of need.
Secondly, I am asking that each parish conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Benediction to honor Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, between the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) and September 21, to avert this proposed sacrilege.
Finally, I invite all Catholics, Christians and people of good will to join me in prayer for a Holy Hour, outdoor Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at St. Francis of
at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, the day of the proposed sacrilege.
We will pray to avert this sacrilege and publicly manifest our faith in the
Lord and our loving gratitude for the gift of the Holy Eucharist, the source
and summit of our lives. Oklahoma City
A printable version of the Prayer to St. Michael the
Archangel is available in
English, Spanish and Vietnamese on the archdiocesan website (www.archokc.org). If you have not yet
done so, I urge you to contact the Office of the Mayor, the Honorable Mick
Cornett, to express your outrage over this offensive and blasphemous sacrilege
and this misuse of a tax-supported public space.
Commending our efforts to the Lord through the loving intercession of Mary, the Mother of God, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley,