He said that on the feast day of the Assumption, Aug. 15, he plans to pray a “special prayer written by Pope Leo XIII for the defense of the Church against the attack of the Enemy and his apostate angels” in the Cathedral of the Holy Family. He asked priests of the diocese do likewise in their parishes.
“Should these prayers and this period of fasting not effect the cancellation of this event, then I will ask every priest in the diocese to conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour on Sept. 21 at the same time (7pm) as this profanity is being celebrated in Oklahoma City, Bishop Slattery said. “Wherever possible, I ask that Eucharistic Processions – especially outdoor processions – be arranged as part of these holy hours. Let us give a public witness to our faith in the Eucharist which is being so profoundly mocked and ridiculed by this event.”
Archbishop Coakley issued a brief statement saying, “We’re grateful for the many expressions of support and prayer from around the country, and the demonstration of solidarity against this sacrilegious event.”
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