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March 1, 2014
Red Mass set for Tallahassee

The Catholic Bishops of Florida will celebrate the Annual Red Mass — in which participants pray for divine inspiration and guidance for those serving in the three branches of government and for members of the legal profession — at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 900 W. Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, on March 26 at 6 p.m.

The homilist will be Bishop Robert N. Lynch, of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

The Bishops of Florida/Mass Celebrants will include Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami; Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg; Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of Palm Beach; Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice; Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando; Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of St. Augustine; and Bishop Gregory L Parkes, Diocese of Pensacola­/Tallahassee.

The Red Mass of the Holy Spirit, a nearly 800-year-old tradition, originated in France in the 13th century as a service in which God was called upon to guide lawyers and judges in their pursuit of justice. In Tallahassee, the Red Mass is scheduled annually during Catholic Days at the Capitol.

[Revised: 02-05-2015]