Archbishop Coakley calls for united campaign of prayer, procession and benediction in response to scheduled “black mass”

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 5, 2014) – In a letter Monday to priests and parishioners throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley called for a united campaign of prayer and Eucharistic Procession to avert the so-called satanic “black mass” scheduled at the Civic Center in September.

“In spite of repeated requests, there is no indication that the city intends to prevent this event from taking place. I have raised my concerns … 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 Oklahoma. I am certainly concerned about the misuse of a publicly supported facility for an event which has no other purpose than mocking Catholic faith,” the archbishop states in the letter. “I am calling on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counteract this challenge to faith and decency through prayer and penance.”

Specifically, Archbishop Coakley has asked that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel be included at the end of every Mass from Aug. 6 through Sept. 29. The archbishop also asked that each parish conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Benediction between Aug. 15 and Sept. 21 to avert the proposed sacrilege.

On the day of the satanic ritual, the archbishop invites all Christians and people of good will to join him in prayer for a Holy Hour at 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1901 NW 18, followed by an outdoor Eucharistic Procession and Benediction.

“For more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide, the Mass is the most sacred of religious rituals. It is the center of Catholic worship and celebrates Jesus Christ’s redemption of the world by his death and resurrection. In particular, the Eucharist – which we believe to be the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ – is the source and summit of our faith,” the archbishop said. “In a spirit of hope, I ask those who are allowing this event to reconsider enabling or encouraging such a flagrantly inflammatory event.”


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