Bishop Noonan Invites Legal Community to Red Mass on June 24

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Calling upon the Holy Spirit to grant light, inspiration and guidance to those serving in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, the Red Mass will be celebrated June 24 at 12:10 p.m. by Bishop John Noonan at St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. After the Mass, there will be a luncheon and awards ceremony in the St. James Social Hall.

redMassCalling upon the Holy Spirit to grant light, inspiration and guidance to those serving in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, the Red Mass will be celebrated June 24 at 12:10 p.m. by Bishop John Noonan at St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. After the Mass, there will be a luncheon and awards ceremony in the St. James Social Hall.
 
In the Diocese of Orlando, Bishop John Noonan continues the Red Mass tradition, inviting those who serve in the institutions of the courts and the law to join him in prayer and ask the Spirit of God to guide and direct them in their service to the people.
 
During the Red Mass, Catholics reaffirm their commitment to justice and their faith. The name refers to the red vestments worn by the celebrants to signify the Holy Spirit. Participants pray for wisdom as they endeavor to seek justice.
 
June 22 is the feast of St. Thomas More, Protector of Lawyers. Thomas More was born into a noble family in London in 1477 and studied law. He enjoyed great fortune with the ascent of Henry VIII, who used him for diplomatic missions, had him knighted in 1521 and made him lord chancellor. He came to oppose the king, however, and refused to support him as the head of the English Church against the Roman Catholic Church. In 1535, he was accused of treason, imprisoned and beheaded. A celebrated man of letters, More was the author of “Utopia” among other words. Beatified in 1886, he was canonized in 1935 by Pope Pius XI.
 
For more information, email redmasscommittee@orlandodiocese.org or to register for the luncheon, visit http://tinyurl.com/bnlv93d.