The Devil and Oklahoma City

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Catholic-prayersNot more than a month and a half after students at the Harvard University Extension attempted to sponsor a “Black Mass” wherein the Adversary would be worshiped, an event which was canceled after a massive outcry from the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Boston, it has emerged from Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City that a Satanic group calling itself “Dakhma of Angra Mainyu” is planning to hold a “Black Mass” at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21st. Needless to say, the Archbishop is not pleased, and considering that this event is going to be held in a public building, who can blame him? As with the planned event at Harvard that was never carried out, it is not known as of this writing whether those who plan to carry out this disgraceful act plan on using a consecrated host during this anti-Christ undertaking.

The description in the ticketing website that is selling tickets to the public blasphemy says:

“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.”

black-mass-1There will be no links to the websites directly associated with this event because that might cause people looking for it to find it through this weblog, but if you are interested to verify them, they are easily found through Google. In learning about this planned foolishness, I initially thought the same thing that I thought about the people who wanted to put on a Black Mass at Harvard: They are misguided anti-religious or atheist-types who are seeking to get a rise out of the Christian community, specifically out of the local Catholic population. They aren’t really people who believe in either God/Christ or in the Adversary, but they don’t understand that the worship of Satan is not something to be fooled with. It isn’t just disrespectful and hateful, it can conjure up the forces of darkness in ways that those participating in such events may later live to regret. However, in researching a little about what the so-called “Satanic high priest,” Adam Daniels, who plans to preside at the event thinks about what he and his associates will be doing, I am not so certain that the intent of the people doing this has the appearance of false benignity that the Harvard affair was made to have. Daniels told The Oklahoman that the Black Mass is “a ritual that is similar to a Catholic Mass, but done in such a way that you are offering a sacrifice to Satan to receive his blessing.”

Satan does not give blessings, if he gives anything at all (and really, Lucifer is a taker, and not a giver) it is curses. So what the people participating in this sacrilege will be doing will be asking the Devil to bring a curse upon themselves, those attending, their families, and their community. That is very dark, and it is clear that this is precisely what the planned participants in this event intend. According to their website, they’ve “toned down” things a bit, at least to respect Oklahoma law:

Modern/Laveyan Satanists see this as ritual to mock the Catholic Mass in the form of a blasphemy rite used to deprogram people from their Christian background, however Religious Satanism sees the Black Mass as a religious ceremony to empower themselves and receive a “blessing” from the Devil. The Black Mass being performed at the Okc Civic Center has been toned downed as to allow it to be performed in a public government building.

pcoakleyThe website goes on to describe what has been removed, and it is not fit to be reprinted here at Life At 25. As it turns out, this isn’t the first year that the group planning to stage the public sacrilege have done so, but it seems to have likely come to the attention of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City because of an apparently-ongoing effort last year by the Satanic Temple of New York (the same group that attempted to stage a “Black Mass” on the campus of Harvard University) to place a statue of an enthroned Satan on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol near the Ten Commandments. After such an episode, it would be easy to understand why Archbishop Coakley and his staff would be on heightened awareness for the appearance of public Devil-worship in their community.

What makes all of this disturbing isn’t just that Satanists are planning a Black Mass to invoke diabolical curses on their community. Satanists sadly exist and conduct their anti-Christ activities, but until our day, they largely seemed to do so quietly and without drawing much attention to themselves. After all, there was a time not long ago when even secularist-types frowned on Satanism. However, it does make one think that our society is presently in a time that we might call spiritually challenging to say the least. In some posts on Life At 25 the challenges to marriage and family life have been discussed, as have some of the difficulties facing the Church in our present day. Knowing, however, that those who purport to worship and serve the Prince of this World in a very direct way now feel empowered to publicly promote that cursed blasphemy takes spiritual darkness to an entirely different level. It is the spirit of anti-Christ that the writer of the first Letter of John mentioned (cf. 1 John 4:1-3):

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already.

adorationHost2So how can we combat this anti-Christ spirit? Firstly, we combat the spirit of anti-Christ with the spirit and the works of Christ. The Body of Christ must be active and tangible and present, being the hands, feet, and face of Christ, and bringing his love to hurting people, communities, and to a wounded world. Wherever we find this brokenness, we can bring Christ there in love and works of charity. Secondly, we combat diabolical works with acts of prayer and penance. Between now and September 21st, offer rosaries, chaplets, the Liturgy of the Hours, and other prayers for the people of Oklahoma City and for the Archdiocese there, and for the souls of those planning to participate in the planned “Black Mass” that they would recant from staging such a wicked undertaking, and that those souls would come to repentance and a spirit of acceptance of the faith of Christ. If you live in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City or will be in that area on September 21st, plan to attend any of the counter-activities of prayer and worship that the Archbishop, his staff, clergy, and the People of God in that community will have planned.

And pray the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel for the defeat of Satan and all of the work of the diabolical:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen