(CNSNews.com) – Bishop Edward J. Slattery, head of the Catholic diocese of Tulsa, is calling on all Catholics there to fast – no meat or meat products – and to pray part of the rosary and the exorcism prayer to St. Michael the Archangel for nine days, Aug. 6-14, to stop a Satanic Black Mass scheduled to take place at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on Sept. 21.
The Black Mass, which Bp. Slattery said is meant to “mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion,” is to be offered by the group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu. Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley condemned the proposed anti-Catholic ritual on July 1 and called on city officials there to cancel the event.
So far, however, as Oklahoma Civic Center management specialist Kelly Hadsall told CNSNews.com, “since the center is a city-owned facility, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution does not allow us to turn away productions based on their content.”
In a letter inserted in church bulletins on Aug. 3, Bishop Slattery said, “As a part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion. It blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed.”
“Since the Civic Center has not responded positively to the pleas of the Archbishop of Oklahoma City not to host this event in a tax-payer supported public venue,” he said, “I am asking the faithful Catholics in the Diocese of Tulsa to fight this blasphemy through prayer and fasting.” (See Bp Slattery Letter.pdf)
Explaining in detail what he is calling on Catholics to do, the bishop said they should focus “prayer and penance” on the nine days leading up to Aug. 15, which is the day the Catholic Church celebrates the “Assumption” of Mary, Jesus’s mother, into Heaven.
“I am asking every Catholic to abstain from all meat and meat products from August 6 through the 14th,” said Bishop Slattery in his letter. “I am also asking that you consecrate your hunger with a daily recitation of a decade of the rosary and the familiar Prayer to Saint Michael.”
“On Assumption Day, August 15th, we will ask Our Lady on her Feast, to intercede for us and protect us,” said the bishop. “On that day, I, in the Cathedral, and every priest in his own parish, will pray a special prayer written by Pope Leo XIII for the defense of the Church against the attack of the Enemy and his apostate angels.”
That special prayer is called the Leonine Exorcism prayer. Written by Pope Leo XIII in 1890, the prayer specifically calls upon St. Michael the Archangel to help defend mankind against Satan and also calls upon the saints and “Jesus Christ, our Lord and God” to combat the Devil, and to “lay hold of the beast, the serpent of old, Satan and his demons, casting him in chains into the abyss, so that he can no longer seduce the nations.”
Bishop Slattery further said in his letter, “Should these prayers and this period of fasting not effect the cancellation of this event, then I will ask every priest in the Diocese to conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour on September 21 at the same time (7:00 p.m.) as this profanity is being celebrated in Oklahoma City.”
Also, “wherever possible, I ask that Eucharistic Processions -- especially outdoor processions -- be arranged as part of these holy hours,” said the bishop. “Let us give a public witness to our faith in the Eucharist which is being so profoundly mocked and ridiculed by this event.”
In closing his letter to the Catholics of the Tulsa diocese, Bp. Slattery wrote, “From the snares of the Devil, deliver us, O Lord!” The bishop also posted a video statement of his letter on the diocesan website and on YouTube.
Bishop Slattery sent a separate but similar letter to all the priests in his diocese, instructing them to follow the fast and prayers, and inform their parishioners. “I want to do what we can together to meet the dangerous challenge of Satanic worship through prayer and adoration,” he said. “Prayer is our only weapon. Please pray with me -- the matter at hand is serious!”
“Trusting always in the Providence of God, and invoking the intercession of Mary, whom Scripture promises will crush the head of the serpent, let us be without exception in this effort,” Bishop Slattery told his priests.(See Letter to Priests.pdf)
As CNSNews.com reported in early July, the Satanic Mass is scheduled to take place in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall at 7PM on Sept. 21. Tickets are $15.00.
On the eventful ticket website, it describes the event as follows, “A Religious Black Mass will be conducted as a public event to help educate the public about Religious Satanism. The ritual has been toned down to meet the laws of Oklahoma and the rules of the government building. Enjoy the delights of the Devil.”
The organizer of the Satanic Mass is Adam Daniels. Aleteia, a Christian website/blog, reported on Aug. 6 that in e-mail correspondence with Daniels, he confirmed that the Black Mass will be performed and that the Eucharistic bread to be used apparently was consecrated.
“The Eucharist was mailed to us by [a] friend,” said Daniels, who later added, “As far as I know, the host mailed to me is consecrated.”