When a group at Harvard announced they planned to hold a Satanic Black Mass ritual on Monday, May 12, 2014, Catholics responded by scheduling a Eucharistic Procession and Holy Hour for 8-9 PM at St. Paul’s Church to make reparation and to pray. These are my favorite photos from the event.
Part of Harvard President’s statement:
“Consistent with the University’s commitment to free expression, including expression that may deeply offend us, the decision to proceed is and will remain theirs. At the same time, we will vigorously protect the right of others to respond—and to address offensive expression with expression of their own. I plan to attend a Eucharistic Holy Hour and Benediction at St. Paul’s Church on our campus on Monday evening in order to join others in reaffirming our respect for the Catholic faith at Harvard and to demonstrate that the most powerful response to offensive speech is not censorship, but reasoned discourse and robust dissent.”
The Black Mass was canceled after its sponsor withdrew support and the group was unable to find any venue to host the event.