Cardinal Wuerl to Join Hundreds in Praying for First Responders at Blue Mass

Event Kicks Off National Police Week

May 03, 2012

On May 8, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass to remember the contributions of those who have served in law enforcement and public safety agencies and to ask for continued protection for them in the future. Priests of the Archdiocese of Washington will join with hundreds of law enforcement officers and public safety officials in formation and walk under a large U.S. flag hanging between the raised ladders of fire trucks as they process into St. Patrick Church for the 18th annual “Blue Mass.” The entrance procession also will include officers on horseback, as well as pipe and drum corps units.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Procession: Noon at 10th and G Streets
Mass: 12:10 p.m.
St. Patrick’s in the City
619 10th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Held each year at the beginning of National Police Week, the Blue Mass is held to pray for those in law enforcement and fire safety, remember those who have fallen, and support those who serve. Representatives of federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and around the country are expected to attend. People of all faiths are welcome.

The Mass includes an honor guard, bagpipers, and the solemn playing of “Taps” in memory of those who gave their lives in the past year.

The Blue Mass is a tradition that began in 1934, but was not regularly observed until 1994 when it was revived to honor and pray for the men and women who protect our city and nation. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics living in Washington, DC, and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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