Since the start of the lockdowns, public Mass has been suppressed in Ireland for the first time since the Penal Laws (1695-1829). The Irish Government has restricted attendance at Mass and the Irish episcopacy has persecuted priests who attempted to still provide the essential and life-giving sacraments. Availing of a momentary relaxation of lockdown measures during Advent, Fr. Ballini also celebrated a sung Traditional Latin Mass in Herbert Park, a public park not far from the city centre.
Before beginning the prayers of exorcism at the Department of the Taoiseach, Fr. Ballini told the crowd:
It is your duty as Catholics, as Irish, to pray for your rulers, for their conversion so that they may accomplish their duty, that is, to lead us home to heaven. Whatever else they do that does not lead us to heaven is an act of tyranny.”
Then, before leading the faithful in the prayer to Christ the King, he stated:
Hopefully some of these evil spirits left this place, but now is the time to fill it with God. This is why we pray to Christ the King who is the King of Ireland. Nobody else can be king of Ireland. Many have tried before and did not succeed. The people of Ireland did not allow it. Only God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, can be the King of Ireland. Only God has to be the King of Ireland. Do not be afraid, if you proclaim Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of your family, of your soul, of your homes, of your cities, of your country, you will never see this nonsense anymore. You will not see these falsehoods and errors and deceptions that make us slaves. But if we are all subject to one King and one Queen, Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady, we will be free, with that freedom that only God can grant.”
On one of the coldest nights of the year, Fr. Ballini then led a procession to Herbert Park for a sung High Mass. To begin the procession, Fr. Ballini stated:
The Rosary is our weapon. Don't forget we are an army. And as an army, we walk in order to victory and we all hold our rosaries as it is through the rosary that this battle can be won. This government, the police, will acknowledge this one day, and they will remember that in Ireland some people prayed the rosary to free this country and to bring it back to God. We now go in procession to attend Mass that is the most important act that a human being can do here on earth, the most grateful act to God, the sacrifice of the Mass, because the Mass cannot be taken away, nobody should be allowed to take away the Mass. Pray the Rosary and ask Our Lady and Our Lord Jesus Christ that the Government may acknowledge this and never again dare to take away the Mass from us.”