Great efforts and sacrifices only give their best fruit when the faithful offer them up to God and storm heaven with their prayers.
Such is the case of the over 2,000 theater protests against the blasphemous film The Da Vinci Code. Thousands took part in the protest vigils. The time has come to make these protests bear their best fruit by storming heaven with prayers.
With this in mind, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) announced a national hour of Eucharistic adoration in reparation for The Da Vinci Code on June 1. The event will be held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (EDT), on June 18, the feast of Corpus Christi. The movement by enthusiastic protesters is gaining momentum as individuals and groups are registering hundreds of Holy Hours nationwide.
Those unable to participate in the theater protests now have an opportunity to offer reparation to God. If the pace keeps up, the Holy Hours may be just as numerous as the actual protests.
“A Father’s Day gift for our Heavenly Father,” wrote one satisfied Catholic upon hearing about the holy hour. Another added: “God our Father will be especially pleased that this is scheduled on Father’s Day.”
Expressions of delight and joy were very common among those who registered these comments via email:
“This is absolutely wonderful. Thank you!”
“I will be very happy to spend an hour with Jesus for such a good cause.”
“We are storming Heaven before the Blessed Sacrament!
“I applaud your efforts and join you with all my heart!”
“Our Lord has been so hurt and degraded by this book and movie, it is the least we can do.”
Others are including the Holy Hour in previously scheduled prayers or ceremonies.
“I have already offered my prayers and Masses in reparation for this outrage. I tell my Lord how sorry I am that He is still so gravely offended and for the infamous ‘thirty pieces of gold.’ Thanks for all your tremendous work.”
“I lead a children’s Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. I’m so pleased the children can offer up their Holy Hour on June 18th at the time you have requested.”
“We will be attending a Eucharistic celebration and procession in New Orleans, on June 18 and will offer reparation for The Da Vinci Code’s book and movie blasphemies.”
Americans will also be joined by those from outside the continental United States:
“Guam joins all in prayer.”
“As a Brazilian, I’ll be praying together with you from my country. I’ll have others joining me in this Holy Hour.”
“It is my great pleasure to join with you [in India] in prayer for my loving Savior Jesus.”
Many adorers considered it an honor to participate in this great effort.
“It’s an honor and privilege to do this Holy Hour for Our Lord Jesus Who has been mocked and ridiculed. It’s about time to come out of our comfort zone and let our other brothers and sisters rally in defense of Jesus, Our Savior and Redeemer.”
“Thank you for giving us something with which to combat the blasphemies put out in the world. Thank you, God, for the creative minds that were able to think of this way of reparation. I’ll be happy to do it.”
“I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for every brother and sister who went out to profess their faith and protest this despicable blasphemy.”
Finally, one moving example of a man will be offering his suffering and prayers for this great cause.
“I am dying of cancer. Might still be here June 18.”
The protests and Holy Hours have the goal of offering reparation to an offended God. They also hope to send a strong message to Hollywood that blasphemy is unacceptable and not entertaining. Finally, the two initiatives will serve to mobilize Catholics to defend the Faith with joy and panache.
As Saint Joan of Arc said: “The soldiers will fight and God will give the victory!” To paraphrase that great saint:
“The protesters have protested and prayed for His honor, may God grant a great victory!”