The entire legal community was invited to the 35th annual Red Mass at the Cathedral on Tuesday, October 17. A tradition dating back to the 11th century, the annual Red Mass is widely attended by judges, lawyers and officials of all faiths so as to invoke God's blessing and guidance in the administration of justice. Representatives of the judiciary and public officials participated in the liturgy, including the closing speaker, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar of the California Supreme Court. All photographs by Victor Aléman for Angelus News.
About The St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles
Organized in 1995, the St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles is an association of Catholic legal professionals. The society has selected St. Thomas More as patron of the Red Mass and celebrates its namesake who has inspired lawyers of all faiths for generations .
(1438-1535) Thomas More was educated at Oxford and followed in his father’s footsteps and became a lawyer. He married Jane Colt in 1505 and they had four children. Mentored by Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor John Morton, Thomas More had a distinguished career in public service. First elected to Parliament in 1504, he was knighted in 1521 and made King Henry VIII’s Under Treasurer of the Exchequer. In 1529 he rose to Lord Chancellor. More believed King Henry VIII had no jurisdiction over the Church. His rift with Henry VIII led to false accusations against More. His defense included evidence in the form of a letter to Sister Elizabeth Barton wherein he directed her not to interfere in politics. Choosing his principles over death, More was beheaded in 1535. More was canonized as a Saint in 1925 and his feast day is June 22. St. Thomas More, who stood alone and gave his life for his principles of separation of church and state, is the patron for public officials, judges, and lawyers.