39th Annual Red Mass: Wednesday, October 20th @ 5:30PM
STMSLA is honored that Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor will deliver closing remarks after the Mass. We are pleased that our Homilist will be Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who serves as the Holy See’s Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and will join us in person from Washington, D.C. Our Lector will be Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline A. Connor (Ret.), and Petition readers will include Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Acting United States Attorney Tracy Wilkison, Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, and Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Dean Pete Peterson.
First celebrated in Paris in 1245, the Red Mass is a tradition celebrated annually at the opening of the Judicial Year, significantly that of the U.S. Supreme Court each October. Judges and lawyers attend in a body, joined by public officials and law faculty members. The Red Mass received its name from the Celebrant’s vestments in red, and the Lord High Justices robes of brilliant scarlet. In Los Angeles, this annual tradition is sponsored by STMSLA. Federal and State judges, as well as local public officials, normally attend the Mass and lead the entrance procession.
The Red Mass will be live-streamed; members of all faiths and traditions are invited to attend either in person or virtually. In person attendees are asked to wear masks indoors at the Cathedral and hand sanitizer will be available. The Cathedral has seating capacity for 3,000 people, so there will be ample space for social distancing. Those attending in person can join us immediately after Mass for a complimentary reception with drinks and hors doeuvres with members of the clergy, bench, diplomatic corps, and bar.