Annual Black Mass at Oklahoma City Civic Center. Last Year had Zero Attendance.

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Saint Michael the Archangel, Casting Out Satan

I’m only writing about this because my Archbishop has made a statement about it.

Every autumn here in Oklahoma, right along with the nuts that fall down from the trees, a guy who calls himself a “high priest of a satanic group” or one of his cohorts holds a black mass at the Oklahoma City Civic Center.

According to the aforesaid “high priest,” this black mass is “similar to a Catholic Mass, but done in such a way that you are offering a sacrifice to Satan to receive his blessing.”

He does this every year, and every year, the turnout is a wee bit less than stellar. Last year, nobody showed up at all.

This “high priest” says that “the goal of the event is to continue the satanic movement — to keep fighting for our rights for religious freedom.”

It looks to me like his “rights for religious freedom” are chugging along just fine. He’s managed to get the coin to rent a small auditorium at the Civic Center, which doesn’t come cheap, and he’s free to do his di-dos — albeit “toned down to meet the laws of Oklahoma and the rules of a government building” —to a fare-thee-well.

In their 2010 Civic Center extravaganza, the satanists’ “Lord High Master” (they’re pretty good at dreaming up spiffy titles for themselves) announced “We don’t kill animals, we don’t kill children,” which, I assume was a great comfort to one and all. However, it might be a little bit less comforting if people knew that Adam Daniels, the “high priest” is a registered sex offender who has been convicted of sexual battery. Mr Daniels has a history of involvement with these satanic events going back several years.

The “Lord High Master” explained that the black “mass” was “just a blasphemy ritual.”

That’s nice, of course, but it does point out one tiny little thing. To have blasphemy, you’ve got to have God. In fact, asking “Satan to receive his blessing” kinda implies that you have a belief in the whole Bible deal, since that is where and how we know about the devil.

Given what we know about him, why do you suppose a person would want Satan’s blessing? For that matter, why would they want Satan’s attention?

Worshipping Satan is, among other things, stupid. Atheism, I kinda get. You don’t think God exists. Fair enough. You’re wrong, but fair enough.

But … worshipping Satan? That’s, as we say in these parts, not too swift.

For reasons I can’t quite pinpoint, I don’t get as worked up about these things as most of my faith-filled friends. I guess it’s because I think that anyone stupid enough to worship Satan would probably also be stupid enough to inject themselves with the ebola virus. On a spiritual level, the two actions seem roughly equivalent.

I do think that Satan is coming out from behind his many masks more and more as our society deteriorates. For generations, his ploy has been to convince people that he doesn’t exist while he operated through his unaware, but willing, human disciples.

He’s still operating through his unaware but willing human disciples, and he’s using them for bold and bolder attacks on Christians and the Church. But now, he’s also beginning to show his own face. He’s still disguised by a bit of grease paint and a clown mask, but Satan is slowly coming out.

Be that as it may, his pathetic little worshippers and their pathetic little black mass are a waste of good angst. I go to the real mass on a regular basis, and I can tell you, the Presence I encounter there gives the blessing I crave and is the One I trust. I choose Christ. Always.

On a lighter note, how exactly do you clean a place after a black mass? It’s a kind of dirty that Clorox and Lysol won’t fix.

All I know is that I’m going to ignore this bozo and all his fellow bozos. I don’t plan to be anywhere near the Civic Center when this hoedown comes down. If I do anything at all, I’ll attend mass at my parish at the same time and partake of the Living Sacrifice that leads to eternal life.

Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.

There is no substitute.

The Civic Center listing, via Fox25:

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.

Cost: Tickets should be $10 to $15.

For more details, check out Dawn Eden‘s excellent commentary.

  • pagansister

    If no one attends what’s the point?

  • hamiltonr

    That’s weird. It’s showing on my screen. I re-do it.

    • hamiltonr

      I re-loaded it. Is it working now?

  • hamiltonr

    I think the fact that nobody shows up is a kind of witness.

  • fredx2

    The authorities that rent it out to him are risking a big lawsuit. The next time anyone falls. or gets hurt in that space, they can claim that it happened because they allowed it to become cursed. That sounds far fetched, but watch it happen.

    • hamiltonr

      They’ve been doing it every year for four years now. So far, that hasn’t happened. Not predicting the future.

  • fredx2

    Bishop should have said nothing. Unless he wants to form his own Boston style counter procession. But kooks are pretty much best left unnoticed.

  • hamiltonr

    I know Gordis, and you’re right: keep praying.

  • Rob B.

    “Just a blasphemy ritual.” Sigh.

    Ms. Hamilton, do you know if these people use a consecrate Host in their ritual?

    • hamiltonr

      I’m going to ask them next week.

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    “Cost: Tickets should be $10 to $15.”

    Apparently, Satanists have yet to be reformed- they don’t know not to charge for sacraments yet.

    Hint to idiot Satanist, NOBODY shows up for a blessing they have to pay for anymore.

    • Alexander Nordenström

      Then explain the collection basket sent around twice during a single Catholic mass?

      • hamiltonr

        In my parish, one collection is for the general operating funds of the parish. The second collection is to collect promised donations to pay for the loan the parish took out to renovate the church building. One is for operating expenses, the other for capital expenses. It simplifies bookkeeping.

        Neither one is mandatory, btw.

  • hamiltonr

    James I have a real concern that overreacting to this will give it credibility that it does not otherwise have. Zero people showed up at their event last year.

    Zero, as in no one.

    We can’t do any better than that.

    I am going to look into it a bit deeper next week. In the meantime, let’s just take a breath.

  • hamiltonr

    I don’t think so Ted. You don’t know Okies. The fact that nobody shows up is a means quite a lot and what it means is a rejection of these people.

    • James McKay

      They have sold almost 30 tickets so far and according to their Facebook event page they have a consecrated host.

      • hamiltonr

        I would guess the ticket sales are entirely due to the attention we’ve given them. They had zero attendance before. Sometimes, it helps to use your brain.

        • hamiltonr

          I just looked at their Facebook page. Now I feel like I should have my computer de-slimed. FWIW James, if these folks told me it was raining outside, I’d go look and see for myself. We’re talking about convicted sex offenders who are Satanists. I will follow whatever lead my Archbishop gives me. But I am not going to go out on my own and do things that give these guys free publicity. One thing I want to say again: This is a convicted sex offender who is also a satanist. Don’t believe anything he or his people say.

  • FW Ken

    The Catholic League has a post about this, which I won’t link, as I don’t think the event deserves the attention.

    • hamiltonr

      Thank you.


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