Catholics respond with the power of prayer

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.

2014_05 12 Eucharistic Procession

2014_05 12 Euch Procession kneeler

2014_05 12 Warning I have a rosary and know how to use it

2014_05 12 Holy Hour - response to black mass

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.



Filed under Catholic Church, Prayer, Religious Liberty

5 responses to “Catholics respond with the power of prayer

  1. chrissythehyphenated

    For the benefit of those who do not understand the reverence Catholics pay to the Blessed Sacrament, here is a link to the Catholic Catechism section about the Holy Eucharist.

    I’m not expecting anyone to change their personal beliefs, just hoping for a bit of understanding on the matter. Cuz really … if you truly believed (as we do) that Jesus’ actual flesh is truly present in the consecrated host, you’d kneel in the street too.

    As far as who’s right goes … I’m trusting the infinite mercy of God to sort out the doctrinal stuff when the time comes.



    So happy to hear this!!!


  3. Yanno, I’ve been thinking about the response to this, and it sort of resonates with a thought that has been simmering at the back of my mind for a few months. I find it interesting that so many people showed up for the Eucharistic Procession and Holy Hour. I think people underestimate how deeply seated our initial religious thinking is seated in our psyches.

    Unless a person is of a generally religous nature and/ or is a convert (both basically meaning that the person tend to actually think about matters of faith and religion on their own), they tend to be outwardly secular–but that root training remains. We are all familiar with how people will fall back on that training when feeling deeply, personally threatened (the packing of the churches post 9/11, or the deep concern over Syria last fall).

    But with this, we see a different manifestation– this is not a worldy evil, but a blatant spiritual evil that evokes this response. People hear about a group of people planning to do something that cannot “coexist” with their basic religious programming. These people may otherwise not be very involved with the Church (Christmas and Easter Catholics, yanno), but when this great, huge, blatant contrasting thing shows up, the instictively rally to the banner of their basic religious training.

    A similar thing happened to me– back in the early 00’s, after 9/11, I did a ton of research and learning about Islam. The more I learned, the more “Conservative” or “Orthodox” I became, and the more attentive I was to getting to church every week, and being otherwise active in my church. In a way, the existence of Islam proved to me the truths of Christianity, and Catholicism in general.

    In some ways, this whole exercise shows that 1) Many people are not as secular as they want to proclaim themselves to be, 2)that evil apprehended by the good is it’s own motivation and 3) That ultimately, all the Church needs to do is point to such evil, and then plant a clear banner, and the troops will come rally at once. [This is what Benedict XVI was so good at– planting a clear banner. As much as I like Francis, he banner seems to get blurred at bit.] The bishops speaking in one voice would clear up a lot of the confusion among the laity. But seenig as the hierarchy has been infiltrated. . . well, anyway, that needs to be cleared up.