On November 13, 1969, one hundred and seventy eight Episcopalians and Catholics held a “Mass for Peace” in the public concourse of the Pentagon. The service progressed as far as the sermon when guards arrested the entire congregation (including the wife of a Senator) and clergy for making a “loud and unusual noise.”
But what I find incredibly interesting is the aftermath; the interviews and articles given by the clergy who were arrested. Bishop Corrigan, acting dean of Bexley Hall seminary said that “We went to prayer where we could be heard. There was no sense of going off into a corner.”
Who did they want to hear these prayers? Man, not God. In fact, I believe this is part of the sickness in the Church today. Are we to be a spineless, godless group of people fighting for our own ideologies in the name of religion?
‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.