By Felicien Rops (1833-1898)
“It goes without saying that the Missa Niger only has meaning to someone who was well versed in Roman Catholic tradition, and who is immersed in the world of the Latin writings and liturgy of the Church. In a certain sense, it can be said that the people who performed the Missa Niger were Roman Catholics, or at least were practicing a ritual which would only have meaning to one who was either Roman Catholic, or who was so deeply involved with the Roman Catholic rituals that it would be difficult to refer to them as something other than Roman Catholic. The fact that they were expressing hatred of Christ and of Christian doctrines, does not preclude the possibility that the rite of the Missa Niger sprang forth purely and naturally from within the Roman Catholic Church itself.” – Missa Niger – The Black Mass
Missa Niger La Messe Noire, first published on Walpurgisnacht in 1985, was written from a Roman-Catholic perspective, and is therefore a decidedly Christian document. Aubrey Melech, the author, wrote in her introduction:
Within these pages will be found as full and true an account of the BLACK MASS, that terrible prime ritual of SATANISM, as it is possible for an outsider to the cult to render. That it may shock and disgust many is beyond doubt, both by the filthy blasphemy of its language and the vileness of the practices adjunctival to its performance. For this reason the reader is here warned of what is to be found herein. It is our purpose neither to shock nor to blaspheme Our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, but of necessity our subject requires that our qualms and trepidation, and our very real aversion to the matter which follows, be set aside in the hope that this little book will serve as both an able demonstration and an object-lesson to those who would turn from their Saviour to the worship of His ancient enemy.
Daemon est Deus Inversus.
The Devil is the other side of God.
Suffice it to say, the subsequent description is laced with Christian paranoia pertaining to pagan worship that predates it by thousands of years:
By this point in our dissertation the links which exist between crime and Satanism are already most woefully apparent. Kidnapping, abortion, the sale by prostitutes and destitute mothers of their own children, not to mention the possibilities of grave-robbing and whiteslaving, would have been employed to provide the human elements of such spells and sacrifices as were conducted by Abbé Guibourg and La Voisin. The disgusting concoctions of blood, menstrual fluid and semen could only be obtained from more or less willing fellow beings. To this, from our studies so far, we may add the sacrilegious theft or misuse of items of church furniture and wafers, and the overall accusation of blasphemy, though rarely regarded as a crime in today’s more misguidedly liberal society, is not something to be lightly ignored.
The fat of babies, sometimes even unborn babies, was prescribed for certain anointing oils & other unguents. Human fat was required to mix with pitch to provide the traditional Satanic black candles. Blood, semen and menstrual juices formed the prime constituents of a variety of charms for the unnatural induction of love or death, and blood, either human or animal, was frequently the liquid known as the vinum sabbati.
The Structure of a Black Mass
Following a lengthy dissection of the alleged particulars of the Black Mass, Melech then outlines the ritual’s structure.
The Black Mass is divided into five parts:
– Introit: “consists of a preparatory dialogue between the celebrant and his server(s) which helps to set the tone for what is to follow. This segment closely follows the form of the Christian Mass, yet the dedication has been reversed, with the name of Satan substituted for that of Jehovah or Christ”
– Offertory: “kinds relevant to the black communion to follow are exposed and tacitly accepted by the congregation. The black priest shows the wine and the wafer, the latter traditionally a consecrated host stolen from a church or concealed during the hypocritical communion of a false Christian”
– Canon: “Up to this point the mass has been blasphemous in language and accoutrements but has refrained from any abnormal or deviant behaviour on the part of the worshippers. In the Canon, however, we begin to appreciate the abandon required not only of the celebrant but of the participating congregation as well”
– Consecration: “The wafer, the consecrated Host stolen from the tabernacle of a nearby church, is here subjected to such shameful infamy as would cause any Christian to cry out in horror. The purpose of the naked women serving as an altar is made all too clear by the actions of the priest during the Consecration. The congregation, together with the celebrant, recites a parody of the Lord’s Prayer which, in its context, is both orison and creed of the Satanic rite”
– Repudiation: “the machinations of the priest and the perverse worship of the congregants are both fulfilled in a manner as difficult of description as it is of Christian approbation. Now is the culmination of the Black Mass”
Dedications for the Black Mass
These are the dedications, in English, recited during the five parts of the Black Mass.
In the Name of our Great God Satan I will go in to the altar of the Infernal Lord.
To Him Who gives joy unto me.
Our help is the Name of the Infernal Lord.
Who reigns on earth.
Thine is the earth, Lord Satan. Thou hast founded the earth & the fullness thereof. Justice and luxury are the preparation of Thy Throne. Princes sat & spoke against me, & the wicked persecuted me. Help me, Lord Satan.
Keep me, Lord Satan, from the hands of the wicked.
And from unjust men deliver me.
Lord Satan, Thou shalt turn again & quicken us.
And Thy people shall rejoice in Thee.
Lord Satan, show us Thy power.
And grant us of Thy bounty.
Lord Satan, hear me.
And let my cry come unto Thee.
The Infernal Lord be with you.
And with you also.
Glory to God the Infernal Lord, & on earth life & strength to man. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great power; Lord Satan, Infernal King, Almighty Emperor.
Lord Satan, receive this host which I, They worthy servant, offer to Thee, my True and Living God, for all here present, as also for all Thy faithful servants, that it may avail for my own & their rejoicing in this life. Amen.
Lord Satan, we offer to Thee the chalice of fleshly lust, that it may arise in the sight of Thy majesty for our use & gratification & be pleasing unto Thee. Amen.
Come Satan, Emperor of the World, that the souls of Thy servants & handmaids may profit by this sacrifice.
May this incense rise before Thee, Infernal Lord, & may Thy blessing descend upon us.
The Infernal Lord be with you.
And with you also.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Infernal Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Infernal Lord our God.
It is meet & just so to do.
It is truly meet & just that we should at all times & in all places give Thee thanks: Lord, Infernal King, Emperor of the World, Jubilantly all the infernals praise Thee, & with them we join our own voices, saying:
Hail, Hail, Hail.
Lord Satan, God of Power, Earth & Infernus are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the depths.
Lord Satan, the christians, who trust in their own fierceness, may be crushed by the power of Thy left hand. Make them like a wheel, & as stubble before the face of the wind. Stir up Thy might, Lord Satan & come. Avenge the blood of Thy servants which has been shed; let the sighing of the prisoners come in before Thee.
I believe in Satan, Who gives joy to my youth. We praise Thee.
Infernal Lord, have mercy upon us. In a humble spirit, & with contrite heart, may we be received by Thee, Lord Satan; & may our sacrifice be so offered as to be pleasing in Thy sight. Come from the Gate of Hell; save me & have mercy upon me. Come, Lord of the Temple. Come, Lord of the World. Earth is full of the majesty of Thy glory.
We therefore beseech Thee, Lord Satan, to be appeased & to accept this offering of our bounden duty as also of Thine whole household; order our days in joy & count us within the fold of Thine elect.
Behold Satan’s bride. The Infernal Lord is in the midst of her. The stream of the river makes joyful the living & the dead.
Lord Satan, they shall drink of the torrent of Thy pleasure. For with Thee is the well of life, & in Thy light shall we see light.
May our hearts be cleansed by the inpouring of our Lord Satan; & may he make them fruitful by sprinkling them with the dew of His grace.
He that thirsteth, let him come; & he that will, let him take of the water of life.
I bless you in the Name of Satan.
Here is the body of Jesus Christ.
Here is the chalice of fleshly lust.
Let us pray. Taught by infernal example we may presume to say:
Our Father, Who art in Hell, Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Hell; Give us this day our daily light; Send forth Thy spirit & renew the face of the earth; Deliver us unto luxury; Deliver us unto the plenteousness of Thy house; Let us walk as in the day; Eat fat meats & drink sweet wines; Let us fornicate; And, that our hearts may be prepared for it, Inflame them with the fire of Thy love, Lord Satan.
I am the root & stock of Lucifer, the bright and morning star. Come over to me all ye that desire me and be filled with my fruits. Darkness shall cover me, & night shall be my light in my pleasure.
But the darkness shall not be dark, & night shall be as the light of day.
Let us give thanks to the Infernal Lord, our God.
It is meet & just so to do.
It is truly meet and just that we should at times and in all places give thanks to Thee, Lord, Infernal King, Emperor of the World. Jubilantly all the infernals praise Thee, & with these we join our own voices to say:
Hail, Hail, Hail.
Lord Satan, God of Power, earth and Infernus are filled with Thy Glory. Hosanna in the depths.
Behold the body of Jesus Christ, lord of the humble & king of the slaves.
Blessed is the womb that bore thee and the paps that gave thee suck.
Jesus Christ, lord of the humble and king of the slaves, them that wait upon thee shall be confounded. They will put you out of the temples & you shall be afraid of the terror by night. You shall not sleep and the sword shall pass through your quarters. The children of men put their trust under Thy wings, Lord Satan.
Lord Satan, save Thy servants.
I shall deliver him unto the asp & the basilisk, to the lion & the dragon, to all sin, to sudden & unprovided death, to lightning and tempest, to the scourge of earthquakes, to plague, famine, & war, everlasting death, to the wrath of Satan.
Lord Satan saith: In rioting & drunkenness I rise again. You shall fulfill the lusts of the flesh. The works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, immodesty, luxury, witchcraft, drunkenness and reveling. My flesh is meat indeed.
My flesh is meat indeed.
We adore Thee, Lord Satan, and bless Thee; for by Thy sperm Thou hast redeemed the world.
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed; and all flesh shall see the salvation of our God Satan.
Fornicate to the glory of Our Lord Satan.
Accept the chalice of voluptuous flesh and call upon the name of the Infernal Lord.
Behold the chalice of voluptuous flesh which gives joy to our life. Accept the chalice of voluptuous flesh in the Name of the Infernal Lord.
Earth is full of the Majesty of Thy Glory
Shield us, Lord Satan.
Protect us, Lord Satan, who assist at Thy mysteries.
Lord Satan will give goodness and the earth shall yield her fruits.
May the homage of my service be pleasing unto Thee, Lord Satan, and grant that the sacrifice I have offered in the sight of Thy Majesty may be acceptable to Thee & win forgiveness for me & for all those for whom I have offered it.
Brothers and sisters, we are debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
I bless you all in the Name of our Great God, Satan.
Go, you are dismissed.