Diocese of Scranton’s annual Red Mass will be celebrated Oct. 11


The Diocese of Scranton’s annual Red Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 11 at 12:10 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton.

The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, will be the principal celebrant and the homilist will be Rev. Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.C.L., pastor of Saint Eulalia Parish in Roaring Brook Township and Diocesan Tribunal Judge.

Historically, the Red Mass is attended by judges, lawyers and legislators for the purpose of invoking God’s blessing and guidance in the administration of justice. Its traditional name is derived from the color of vestments worn by the celebrants of the Mass, symbolizing the tongues of fire which indicate the presence of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, the robes of the attending royal judges were, in ancient days, bright scarlet.

For the Diocese of Scranton’s Red Mass, members of the county bar associations from across the 11-county Diocese and the Diocesan Tribunal staff are invited to participate.

Music will be provided by the Abington Heights High School Honors Choir and String Orchestra.

All are invited to attend the Red Mass. CTV: Catholic Television will broadcast the Mass live and air rebroadcasts at 3:30 and 7 p.m.