This is how one group of Catholics responded to chants of “Hail, Satan!” [Photos]

Last summer, pro-abortion protesters shouted “Hail, Satan!” in the Texas statehouse as the late-term abortion ban was under debate. It was a messy, agitated scene — a battlefield between the forces of good and evil:

Fast forward to this past feast of Corpus Christi Sunday, where a very different event took place in the same building (click here for larger size):


What are you seeing? Let’s zoom in:


Photo by Elizabeth McClung

That’s right!  Over 1,000 Catholics participated in a Eucharistic procession and adoration inside the state capitol! It marks the first time (to my knowledge) that Catholics publicly adored the Blessed Sacrament in their state capitol.

What a beautiful way of responding after all the ugliness that took place in this same location last year. And what an appropriate way to celebrate and give thanks for the pro-life victories that have been achieved over the past year!


The event, described by one lead organizer as “evangelization at the grassroots level”, resulted from years of fruitful collaboration between lay leaders, deacons and priests, the Knights of Colombus, the bishop’s office and Texas politicians.


The organizers have been receiving inquiries from other Catholics around the country about how they might participate next year. Saint Mary Cathedral and the Knights of Columbus (Council 14055) deserve special credit for hosting and providing much of the financial backing for this evangelization outreach.


I hope Catholics in other states consider doing something similar in their own capitols. Our faith is beautiful when we express it!


All photos (except where noted) are by Arlen Nydam and used with permission. You can view his slideshow of this Corpus Christi procession here including the stunning panorama photo from inside the capitol — please support his work!

  • Truthisabsolute

    All faiths are not beautiful, we do not all worship the same god. Satan is not worthy of place. Tolerance is no virtue when it is tolerance of evil Peace and Good Right thinking and right articulation matters Good Bless you.

  • Michael

    I don’t see how singing “Amazing Grace” justifies that kind of reaction from the pro-choice crowd. But why are we surprised, when their agenda is to destroy life? Vivat Iesus!

  • Ignatz

    The people yelling “Hail, Satan” were trolling the fundamentalists.

    And frankly, it’s hateful behavior from so-called Christians that has created this level of anger, and this wish to simply shock.

    Perhaps if Christians actually behaved like Christians, people would stop reacting to them with righteous disgust.

    • Thomas

      Nothing justifies shouting “hail Satan”, especially in such a sensitive public place such as the state Capitol. Words have much more power than we like to give credit for. There have been misdemeanors on both sides, but such words are much more serious than petty trolling, regardless of their intent.

  • John Baxter

    All faiths are beautiful. We all believe in the same God. Some of us are not willing to look at other faiths and see how they conduct their services. Understanding is a beautiful thing.

  • Donna

    Proud to be a Texan!



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