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The Harvard Black Mass Doesn’t Appear to Have Been Held. Here’s What Happened Instead.

Last night, it was announced that the “Black Mass” scheduled to be held by a Harvard University group in a university building was relocated to a Cambridge nightclub. Now the Boston Globe reports that it doesn’t quite seem to have occurred at all:

A reenactment of satanic rituals known as a “black mass” that had been scheduled for Monday evening on the Harvard campus was abruptly canceled amid a chorus of condemnation from Catholic groups and university officials and students.

However, a scaled-down version of the event, without the original sponsorship of the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, was apparently held late Monday by members of the New York-based Satanic Temple off campus, at the Hong Kong lounge in Harvard Square.

Lucien Greaves, a temple spokesman, said in an e-mail at 10:35 p.m. that the mass was “happening now” at the Hong Kong. He did not say how many people were participating or provide specifics on what was happening.

“I haven’t heard any complaining,” he said.A lounge employee, who would only identify himself as Fred, said in a phone interview that temple members were drinking at the bar, but he did not believe they were performing any rituals.

Earlier in the evening, Greaves told the Globe that the mass was canceled because organizers no longer had a venue.

I should note, it’s definitely of grave concern that anything involving a consecrated host may have happened, but there’s no indication it did. Here’s what definitely did happen in Harvard Square last night:

The Archdiocese of Boston held a eucharistic procession from MIT to Harvard, which culminated with a Holy Hour at 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, the Catholic parish in Harvard Square. President Drew Faust attended the event, which was just one of a number of services around the Boston area and across the country to combat what was supposed to take place.

More photos, courtesy of the Archdiocese, the Globe, and a couple members of Harvard’s Knights of Columbus council, herehere, here, and here.

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.

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