A satanic ceremony will be held in the same Oklahoma City building where a community church meets each week.
The ceremony, a “black mass,” is set for Sept. 21 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. Their services will take place in a different room than where the Christians meet.
The organization, Dakhma of Angra Minyu, is planning to mock the traditional Catholic mass and desecrate the Eucharist.
In response, the OKC Community Church Pastor Tim Mannin said the church will respond as “people of love.”
“We will speak gracefully and peacefully of the people at the Black Mass gathering," he wrote in a statement published Tuesday. "We will pray for God's love to abound in our city and among it's people of varying belief. We will do our job to be a people who shine like the stars of the universe—as we hold out the word of life in a dark world...because that is what we believe."
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said she doesn’t support the ceremony.
"This 'Black Mass' is a disgusting mockery of the Catholic faith, and it should be equally repellent to Catholics and non-Catholics alike," she said. "It may be protected by the First Amendment, but that doesn't mean we can't condemn it in the strongest terms possible for the moral outrage which it is.
Publication date: September 12, 2014
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.