The Eparchy of Edmonton is pleased to host the 2012 “Red Mass” (Divine Liturgy) welcoming and invoking God’s blessings on the legal profession and judiciary. The Red Mass is organized each year by the Saint Thomas More Lawyer’s Guild of Northern Alberta. It is attended by judges, lawyers, and legal professionals. The Red Mass will take place at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, October 10, at Saint Josaphat’s Cathedral, concelebrated by Bishop David Motiuk, Archbishop Richard Smith, and the Ukrainian and Roman Catholic clergy. All faithful are invited to participate in the Divine Liturgy, and to show their support for our legal system. A dinner follows at Saint Josaphat’s Cathedral Hall (Verkhovyna).  Ticket price (Dinner): $50.00 per person. For dinner tickets R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 to Cheques payable to “St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Northern Alberta” and addressed to c/o Mintz Law 400, 10357 – 109 Street Edmonton, AB T5J 1N3.

The Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild traces its history back to the 13th century with the initiation of the Red Mass. In the Cathedral of Paris in 1245, a Mass was held to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit on the judges of the Ecclesiastical Courts. It is believed the first liturgy was celebrated in honour of St. Ives of Brittany, the patron saint of lawyers. The practice of the Red Mass spread to England in 1310 during the reign of King Edward I. The entire Bench and Bar attended this special Eucharist at the beginning of the spring term of Court. The Name “Red Mass” became a tradition because of the red robes worn by the judges and the red vestments worn by the priests. The Red Mass has been held annually in Westminster Cathedral, London, since 1904.