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Archbishop calls for prayer against 'black mass'

by William Crum Published: August 5, 2014

Archbishop Paul Coakley is calling on Catholics to take part in a “united campaign of prayer” in opposition to a satanist’s plans to stage a “black mass” at Civic Center Music Hall.

The archbishop is asking Catholic churches to conclude each mass between Wednesday and Sept. 29 with the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Coakley also has scheduled a prayer service, and outdoor procession and benediction, for the day of the event, Sept. 21. The prayer service will be at 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi church, 1901 NW 18 St.

The organizer of the “black mass” says it involves a sacrifice to the devil, a practice known as inversion of the Christian ritual.

Coakley has said Oklahoma City leaders should have the “courage” to prohibit the event in the publicly funded Civic Center.

Oklahoma City officials have said the city and Civic Center “are required by law to rent space to individuals and organizations so long as they comply with our policies and ordinances and have paid the established rental fees.”

The organizer of the “black mass,” Adam Daniels, is paying $420 to rent a basement theater in the Civic Center for five hours.

City Manager Jim Couch has promised the archbishop that Oklahoma City police will attend the “black mass” and stop it if anyone breaks the law.