Red Mass for Supreme Court Justices, Judges and Government Officials

September 26, 2011

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, D.D., S.T.L., Archbishop of Seattle, will be the homilist for the Red Mass, held annually in Washington the day before the Supreme Court’s new term opens. The Mass is offered to invoke God’s blessing and guidance on justices, judges, diplomats, attorneys and senior government officials. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will be the principal celebrant at the Mass.

58th Annual Red Mass
Sunday, October 2, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

The Red Mass is a tradition that dates back many centuries to Rome, Paris and London. The name comes from the color of the vestments worn by the celebrants and the color of fire, a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

At a brunch following the Mass, local professionals and a law firm will be honored with Pro Bono Legal Awards in recognition of volunteer service. Last year, $8 million in pro bono legal services were donated to people in need through the Archdiocesan Legal Network.

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.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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