A Roman Catholic archbishop is calling on Christians in Oklahoma City to counter a satanist event with prayer.
A satanic ritual is being planned for August 15. There will be a black mass and participants in the event plan to desecrate a statue of the Virgin Mary with sulfur, menstrual blood, and ashes from burned pages of the Quran.
Archbishop Paul Coakley is urging Christians to join a prayer event that will be held at the same time as the satanist event.
"In response to this blasphemous event, and the many other acts of hatred and violence happening in our world in recent weeks, I am encouraging the faithful and people of good will to pray together for healing and peace, and for the Lord to watch over our community and protect us from evil and its many destructive and violent manifestations," Coakley told the Catholic News Agency.
The prayer walk will take place at 6 p.m. on August 15 at the Jesus Wept statue at Saint Joseph’s Old Cathedral and will end at the United Methodist First Church where a prayer service will be held.
Coakley also asked for prayer for the organizer of the satanic event:
"I also ask that we pray for the conversion of this man and for all who have not yet come to know the Lord of Life,” he said.
Coakley said he hopes the local government will not discriminate against Christianity, even though they did not take action to stop the planned desecration of the statue.
Publication date: August 15, 2016