After fighting blasphemy for four consecutive weekends outside theaters showing the Da Vinci Code film, American TFP members strove to make their protests bear fruit by attending a holy hour of Eucharistic adoration on June 18, from 5-6 P.M. at Prince of Peace Church in Steelton, Pennsylvania.
TFP members joined more than 1,000 groups and individuals around the nation who offered an hour of adoration at the same time.
Knowing their theater protests would only be truly effective, if blessed by God, the TFP promoted the Holy Hour as part of its campaign. As web master John Horvat put it: “Great efforts only give their best fruit when the faithful offer them up to God and storm heaven with their prayers. That is exactly what we intend to do, storm heaven with over 1,000 hours of adoration.”
The event held special significance since it was held on the feast of Corpus Christi, when Catholics traditionally commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist. “I think it is especially symbolic,” said Reject The Da Vinci Code campaign coordinator Francis Slobodnik, “that we console Our Lord, on the day dedicated to the greatest consolation God ever granted to man: the Holy Eucharist.”
Members at TFP headquarters in Spring Grove, Penn. chose the nearby Prince of Peace Church for their hour, because it coincided with a visit of the miraculous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. This gave them the opportunity to adore Our Lord and simultaneously venerate she who was His greatest consoler in all of history.