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The other half of the group surrounded the nearby Koven Restaurant where the 1st Canadian Black Mass was held. Several priests under the leadership of Fr. Matthew Chojna of Pakenham. Fr. Chojna blessed salt which was distributed to the faithful who walked around the block praying the rosary and sprinkling the blessed salt. Many of the priests in cassocks prayed with large crucifixes in their hands; Fr. Tavis Goski, Fr. Hezuk Shroff, Monignor Hans Feichtinger, Fr. Mark Goring and other priests.
The priests led prayers and hymns which were recited by about 100 faithful. When the hymns began a silence came over the crowd. Many parishes in Canada held Eucharistic Adoration and prayers services in reparation of this Mass. People around the world were praying for those involved.
Earlier in the week in an E-mail interview with the Catholic Register the Archbishop of Ottawa Terrence Prendergast wrote:
“My concern is for the faith of our people and the offence that this brings to their love of and reverence for the Eucharist,” said Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.
Nicholas Marc, organizer of the event told Global News he believes the event will “be the first organized public black mass in Canadian history.”