Celebrating the Red Mass with the Catholic Lawyers Guild

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Diocese of St. Augustine has announced that the annual Red Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m., at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Jacksonville.

Bishop Estevez celebrates the Red Mass / Photo by Woody Huband

The centuries-old tradition of the Red Mass, dating back to the 13th century, is celebrated worldwide, in recognition of elected officials and members of the judicial, legal and law enforcement communities. The focus of the Red Mass is to invoke the Holy Spirit on those who seek justice and work to uphold the justice system.

Originating in Europe during the Middle Ages, the Mass is an opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession. The red vestments worn by the celebrant symbolize the tongues of fire or the Holy Spirit that descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost.

Each year, the Catholic Lawyers Guild presents The Law & Spirituality Award to one person who has exemplified the extraordinary work of the Guild.  This year’s recipient is Officer Gerald Pangelinan.  Congratulations to Officer Pangelinan.