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black mass

n.
A travesty of the Roman Catholic Mass, said to be performed by Satanists.

black mass

n
(Alternative Belief Systems) (sometimes capitals) a blasphemous travesty of the Christian Mass, performed by practitioners of black magic

Black′ Mass′


n.
a travesty of the Christian Mass, esp. one by alleged worshipers of Satan.
[1890–95]

black mass

A black magic ceremony in which a perversion of the Roman Catholic Mass is used.
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The abbe threw off his wig, shook his head, and his hair, no longer confined, fell in black masses around his manly face.
Then down they had come at last to hover over City Hall Park, and it had crept in upon his mind,, chillingly, terrifyingly, that these illuminated black masses were great offices afire, and that the going to and fro of minute, dim spectres of lantern-lit grey and white was a harvesting of the wounded and the dead.
When the moon had risen to its fullest height, caressing with light the neighboring peaks, when the watery mirror was illumined in its full extent, and the little red fires had made their openings in the black masses of every ship, Athos, collecting all his ideas and all his courage, said:
The clouds, as if tired of their furious chase, were breaking asunder; the heavier volumes, gathering in black masses about the horizon, while the lighter scud still hurried above the water, or eddied among the tops of the mountains, like broken flights of birds, hovering around their roosts.
Then press officers leaked stories to newspapers about black masses and satanic rituals taking place across the city.
He has held black masses previously, but they have been sparsely attended.
Generals gathered in their masses Just like witches at black masses Evil minds that plot destruction Sorcerers of death's construction (War Pigs) Big black shape with eyes of fire Telling people their desire Satan's sitting there, he's smiling Watches those flames get higher and higher (Black Sabbath) God knows as your dog knows Bog blast all of you Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Nothing more to do (Sabbath Bloody Sabbath) Good life is contradiction Because of the crucifixion If you're ready and have the need I will take your soul and plant my seed (Disturbing the Priest) From the spirit runs poison, and the wheel of Fortune is ever still, Sweeter than the light, the darkness of your soul, Immaculate deception (Immaculate Deception)
This is a collective biography of African American civil rights lawyers practicing in the era of segregation that centers its narrative on the dilemma the lawyers faced between the conflicting and unsettled demands of both minority and majority groups that they serve as "representatives" of the race, demands that simultaneously pushed these lawyers to act as atypical achievers unlike the masses, working almost exclusively under the professional gaze of white observers, as well as authentic products of the black masses at the same time, a phenomenon that Mack (law, Harvard Law School) argues is still a key dynamic of American race relations today (such as in debates about how authentically "black" was the life experience of President Barack Obama).
Rising from the ashes of Woodgrain Theory and The Missionarys, Wormtown-based quartet Sanveen brings its dark and brooding sounds for the unsuspecting black masses to devour.
Hence South Africa's best defence against Red-inspired war is to end apartheid and give its black masses the place they have certainly earned in society.
And Black Sabbath's War Pigs made the list for: "Generals gathered in their masses, just like witches at black masses.
That he was the mayoral choice of the white corporate elite (oil, gas, shipping, real estate) is important, because one could draw from this that, like Bush, he never saw the Black masses as his base.