By Rachel del Guidice
More than 105,000 people have signed a petition on CitizenGo.org to stop the Oklahoma City Civic Center from hosting a black mass on Sunday.
CitizenGo reports, “A black mass is a sacrilegious ceremony that is part of demonic worship. It is designed as a mockery of the Catholic Mass, in which Satan is invoked and the Eucharist is desecrated, generally through profane sex acts.”
Thankfully, CitizenGo reports that the consecrated host stolen for the ceremony was returned by event organizer Adam Daniels.
The National Catholic Register reports that Busch & Caspino, a California law firm filed a lawsuit “against the group on behalf of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, on the grounds that the host was stolen property and belongs to the Church.”
Because of the lawsuit, an attorney representing Daniels returned the host to a priest serving the Oklahoma City Archdiocese on Aug. 21.
While the event organizers still plan to simulate a black mass, it will occur without the use of a consecrated Host.
A Tulsa newspaper reports that at 7pm on Sunday, the same time the black mass is scheduled to occur, the faithful in Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Tulsa will hold a Holy Hour.
Archbishop Coakley of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese is asking parishes to include the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel in Masses said between the Aug. 6 feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord and the Sept. 29 feast of the Archangels.