Harvard Black Mass, First Moved, Then Canceled, May Have Happened in Chinese Restaurant

Anti-satanist protestors gathered on the Harvard university campus Monday night.
Anti-satanist protestors gathered on the Harvard university campus Monday night. –James Gagnon

Update, 11:55 p.m.: The Harvard University Black Mass, stripped of its school affiliation and then apprently cancelled when no one would host the event, may have happened after all. The Satanists met at a Harvard Square’s Hong Kong Lounge, according to The Boston Globe.

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.

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.

"I haven't heard any complaining," he said.

Original post: The satanic black mass planned for Monday night has been cancelled, according to the Harvard Crimson. Organizers tried to find an alternative location after a Harvard University student group agreed to move the ceremony off of campus, but could not find a suitable location, according to the school paper.

The club wrote in its email around 5 p.m. that they planned for the event to be held at The Middle East nightclub in Central Square at 9 p.m. But Clay S. Fernald, the general manager of The Middle East, said Monday evening that the nightclub will not host the event, and that negotiations with the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club had fallen through.

Earlier Monday evening, Harvard Extension School Dean of Students Robert Neugeboren said the black mass re-enactment planned for the Harvard campus has been moved off of school property.

We understand that the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club has indicated their decision to cancel the “Black Mass” reenactment on Harvard's campus scheduled for this evening, moving it instead to a location off campus. For more information, please contact the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club.

The Harvard Extension School is grateful the student group has recognized the strong concerns expressed by members of the Harvard community and beyond.


The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club had planned to perform a re-enactment of the ceremony on in the basement of Memorial Hall Monday night with the help of a satanic temple, according to the Harvard Crimson. That drew immediate and repeated condemnation from the Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of Boston planned a prayer vigil and procession to St. Paul’s Church in response to the black mass.

Protesters were out in force Monday night, holding up signs condemning the planned black mass.

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