Church holds sidewalk prayer service to protest cancellation of gay pride mass


Parishioners of a Boston church on Sunday gathered on the sidewalk for a prayer service in protest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston’s decision to cancel a gay pride Mass themed “All are Welcome.”

Members of the Rainbow Ministry from the South End’s Saint Cecilia Church held a sidewalk prayer service at 6 p.m.

The parishioners were scheduled to have a mass inside the church themed “All Are Welcome” to celebrate Boston’s Gay Pride Month.

Earlier this month, the Archdiocese ordered the church to cancel the Mass, caving to criticism that the church was sanctioning a celebration of LGBT Pride month.

The Church said, “The theme of the liturgy, ‘All Are Welcome,’ honors Christ’s message of hope and salvation to all people. We will also celebrate the diverse community that finds its home at St. Cecilia.”

The archdiocese said they had no objection to the service, providing it was not held inside.

Saint Cecilia Church has rescheduled the Mass honoring Gay Pride for July 11. It’s unclear if the Archdiocese will cancel that one.

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