Red Mass to Mark the Opening of the New Law Term

When?  Wednesday 13 February 2019 7:30 PM

Venue: St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta 

Registration is not necessary but preferred.

An invitation to all members of the legal profession of the Parramatta region.

A Red Mass is a Mass celebrated annually in the Catholic Church for all members of the legal profession, regardless of religious affiliation: judges, lawyers, law school professors, law students, and government officials, marking the opening of the judicial year.

Through prayerful petition and thanksgiving, the Red Mass requests guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice and offers the legal community an opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession.

Originating in Europe during the High Middle Ages, the Red Mass is so-called from the red vestments traditionally worn in symbolism of the tongues of fire (the Holy Spirit) that descended on the Apostles at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). Its name also exemplifies the scarlet robes worn by royal judges that attended the Mass centuries ago.

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