“Yes we will use a Consecrated Host” at Harvard “Black Mass”

Following up on this post, I have made a couple of phone calls to the The Cambridge Queen’s Head where Madelyn, an events manager, first promised to “research this”, saying that her computers were down. During a subsequent conversation, sounding very flustered, she and told me she had no comment to offer at the moment. Confirming that she is the Events manager, she promised a response later today.

She did confirm to another caller that the Harvard Cultural Exchange is having an event there, on May 12.

UPDATE: I just spoke to Priya Dua, PR director for The Satanic Temple and she has confirmed that yes, they have obtained and will use a Consecrated Host during this “re-enactment”. She is hopefully putting me in touch with someone who will answer my questions about how the Host was obtained, what they think they’re doing by using a Consecrated, as opposed to unconsecrated Host, and more.

On its Facebook page, the Harvard Extension says it is looking into things.

Stay tuned…
this is either as real as it gets or an elaborate game. Or perhaps both. I am aware that the only source we have concerning the use of a Consecrated Host is the Satanic Temple, and that they could simply be looking for publicity.

Meanwhile: Harvard Extension channels Pilate. Black Mass, Shinto Tea Ceremony, what’s the diff? It’s academic! :-)

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  • Dennis Mahon

    This is not good…

  • Gail Finke

    Good reporting!

  • karen

    this makes me want to vomit

  • kmk1916

    Thank you very much for researching.

  • Faithr

    But doesn’t this mean they stole the Host? Isn’t that illegal in some way?

  • http://forwardboldly.com Christine L. Niles

    Note I just received from Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club:

    “We are hosting a reenactment of a historical event known as a Black
    Mass. The performance is designed to be educational and is preceded by a
    lecture that provides the history, context, and origin of the Black
    Mass. While a piece of bread is used in the reenactment, the performance
    unequivocally does not include a consecrated host. Our purpose is not
    to denigrate any religion or faith, which would be repugnant to our
    educational purposes, but instead to learn and experience the history of
    different cultural practices. This performance is part of a larger
    effort to explore religious facets that continue to influence
    contemporary culture.”

  • J_

    From Harvard’s website and official response:

    We are hosting a reenactment of a historical event known
    as a Black Mass. The performance is designed to be educational and is
    preceded by a lecture that provides the history, context, and origin of
    the Black Mass. While a piece of bread is used in the reenactment, the
    performance unequivocally does not include a consecrated host. Our
    purpose is not to denigrate any religion or faith, which would be
    repugnant to our educational purposes, but instead to learn and
    experience the history of different cultural practices. This performance
    is part of a larger effort to explore religious facets that continue to
    influence contemporary culture.

    Sincerely,

    Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club
    http://www.extension.harvard.edu/hub/news/official-response-cultural-studies-event

  • jane wagner

    We should go back to Holy Communion on the tongue. It is almost impossible to steal the host this way. There will be fewer abuses of the Blessed Sacrament all around.

  • Wendell Clanton

    Be forewarned. If you attempt to do any research by visiting the web address listed on the poster, phishing alerts were issued when using Chrome and Safari.

  • Wendell Clanton

    “…the performance unequivocally DOES NOT include a consecrated host…”—HECSC.

    “They HAVE OBTAINED and WILL USE a Consecrated Host during this “re-enactment”.”—Prya Dua, PR Director, Satanic Temple.

    And the award for ‘Best Minion of the Father-of-Lies’ goes to… ?

  • cececole

    Not sure I want to research what exactly a Black Mass is…but my general understanding is that it is a perversion of a Catholic Mass. So, how can their “performance” not “denigrate any faith or religion”? Praise God they now claim they will not use a consecrated Host, but did they already steal that Host? Can someone from Harvard take some responsibility and check into THAT?

  • Noctis Wolf

    Angels of the Father kneel before Him because of who He is and what He does.

    Who He is:

    He is God.

    His Throne is forever and on it He shall forever sit.

    He is Holy and full of Light, Love, Life, and Liberty.

    He Created all and is above all. There is none higher than He. Not in a prideful way. Rather,

    He is King. He is a friend. He is intimate and unconditionally loving.

    What He has done:

    More mighty and perfectly good works than can be numbered. Except by Him.

    Love He has shown and given freely. Such love He wants to share. Such joy and happiness He so desires all to have.

    Letting his Son, Jesus, die for us so people have a bridge. A bridge for humanity to come back into relationship with Him.

    The perfect will and timing He has for everyone regardless of their sins.

    That, and for other reasons, all of His angels kneel, praise, sing to, and worship Him. Our one and only Lord, King, Creator, and God.

    His Angels kneel before Him, even if only it’s in their hearts so to speak, shouldn’t we all? We need not be physically kneeling all the time. God knows we have to move and do stuff. What does it mean to kneel to him in our hearts? First of all we have to believe and be a follower of his Son Jesus Christ. We need to acknowledge our Savior and Shepherd Jesus. We have to believe in the Holy Spirit and of course, the Father.

    Not only believers but followers. No, we are not perfect. Some days we will mess up. That is where His perfect and unending grace and love come in.

    We are human and He understands if there are days we do not want to follow Him. Or even some days we do not believe He is real. How does one kneel heart-wise? Pray sincerely for God to show you. Our guide the Holy Spirit will show you how.

  • righteousreverenddynamite

    Any word from Rev. Jonathon Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister of Memorial Church on campus? Or the Catholic clergy at St. Paul’s Church? Or the Harvard Catholic Students Assoc.? Or the Hillel? Or Harvard President Faust? (I know, a very appropriate last name). This whole thing is an abomination, especially as it will take place in the basement of Memorial Hall. However, I have a feeling that this will proceed due to “moral relativistic” attitudes and fear of being “censors”. Just another reason not to donate to the alumni fund! Now they can really go to HELL!

  • Churchill4President

    What? This is ridiculous and outrageous. That is the biggest bunch of PC crap I’ve ever heard.

  • DeirdreMundy

    If they’ve already obtained the host, and the Black Mass isn’t for a few days, isn;t there a good chance it will go stale/mold in the interim, thus becoming no longer consecrated?

  • http://forwardboldly.com Christine L. Niles

    “The following is a statement we issued today in response to the black mass issue at Harvard

    Thank you for voicing your concern

    Terry

    STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON

    The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Boston expresses its deep
    sadness and strong opposition to the plan to stage a “black mass” on the
    campus of Harvard University in Cambridge.

    For the good of the
    Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching
    concerning Satanic worship. This activity separates people from God and
    the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it
    places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil.

    In a recent statement, Pope Francis warned of the danger of being naïve
    about or underestimating the power of Satan, whose evil is too often
    tragically present in our midst. We call upon all believers and people
    of good will to join us in prayer for those who are involved in this
    event, that they may come to appreciate the gravity of their actions,
    and in asking Harvard to disassociate itself from this activity.”

    **********************************************
    Terrence C. Donilon
    Secretary for Communications & Public Affairs
    Archdiocese of Boston
    Email: tdonilon@rcab.org
    Work: 617-746-5775
    Cell: 401-480-0171

    http://www.bostoncatholic.org

  • http://www.TotusTuusFamily.blogspot.com/ Allison@TotusTuus

    Update to my post of the Archdiocese of Boston FB pagehttps://www.facebook.com/BostonCatholic/posts/10203081358888390
    “The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Boston expresses its deep sadness and strong opposition to the plan to stage a “black mass” on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge.
    For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning Satanic worship. This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil.
    In a recent statement, Pope Francis warned of the danger of being naïve about or underestimating the power of Satan, whose evil is too often tragically present in our midst. We call upon all believers and people of good will to join us in prayer for those who are involved in this event, that they may come to appreciate the gravity of their actions, and in asking Harvard to disassociate itself from this activity. “

  • Dr J.A.C. MacLeod

    Yes, a re-enactment as a sociological study might just be understandable, but clearly the use of a consecrated host would have other and more offensive purposes. In most states here in Australia such action might be open in Law to a charge of blasphemy. Might this still not be true in the USA?

    Dr J.A.C. MacLeod
    Melbourne, Australia

  • Sygurd Jonfski

    I wonder – are they going to have a naked woman (preferably a prostitute) lying on the altar? If not, their “reconstruction” is not going to be completely authentic. Incidentally, the term “black Mass” originally meant just a funeral Mass.

  • Nan McGee

    Comfort yourselves in knowing that Our Lord Jesus Christ cannot be defiled by the hand of man. The Christ is perfect. As the Eucharist, Christ is still Christ, still perfect and above the hand of man. May He shine his illuminating love on all who seek to do insult and harm. May His Eucharistic presence create love and displace evil.

  • CatherineA

    Just to be clear, a host can be stolen even after reception on the tongue, and this has occurred before. Reception on the tongue by no means guarantees against desecration.

  • CatherineA

    Reception on the tongue by no means guarantees against this kind of desecration. I don’t think we need to turn this into another “hand v. tongue” debate.

  • Donalbain

    Blasphemy is not a crime in the USA.

  • Andrew

    The Archdiocese really came up shooting on this.

  • Rosa Lopes

    Their punishment will come straight from God the Father.

  • Rosa Lopes

    The Holy Host should in not ever be taken in the hand and priests defile the Holy Body of Christ by deposit it in filthy hands.Our hands are not worthy of receiving such a Precious gift.

  • Commander8080

    Obtaining an consecrated host is not that difficult; some of weak faith just need to palm it. Pray for the poor person who does this act against my Lord. He has chosen his path and condemned himself forever to the fires of Hell.
    Now as for what to do about this event? Fight it with all the weapons that are in the Catholic faith and I mean bring a spiritual battle before, during and after this unholy mass.
    However, what ever you do…. Do not stand out and protest. Spiritual Warfare is that a battle that is done on in this physical world.

  • jmstalk

    Who cares whether a law was broken. If you live in that area, go and take it back before they desecrate it. If I could get there, I’d be going to jail to rescue Jesus from this profanation.

  • jmstalk

    Someone please, go in there and get Jesus and take Him back to the nearest Catholic Church. God will reward you for this beyond your imagining.


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