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Friday, October 4, 2013

~ Blue Mass & Angels ~


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On the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, we attended the Blue Mass at our Cathedral.  It was a historic occasion, as it was the First Blue Mass celebration in our Cathedral.
 
Our Bishop and many other priests, deacons, and clergy came together to thank, pray and bless our men and women of the Police, Firemen and First Response Teams
within our two counties.
  
The first Blue Mass, celebrated in 1934, took place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.  The Mass is now celebrated in cities from coast to coast to honor the many law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel who gave their lives so that others might live.

Our Bishop specifically chose the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, October 2nd, as the day to celebrate The Blue Mass; and appropriately so!

Saint Michael the Archangel is the Patron Saint of Police Officers. 
St. Florian is the Patron Saint of Firefighters.
 
 
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Special roses from the garden to celebrate a special day...
We seem to use our Guardian Angel Candle regularly for special occasions, including Baptismal, First Communion & Confirmation Anniversaries. 
Butterfly & Conductor celebrate their Baptismal Anniversaries this month, while Butterfly celebrates her First Holy Communion anniversary as well as her Feast Day...October is full of special celebrations.
Heavenly Anniversaries is what I call them...dates that we have celebrated since their baptisms and dates that I have always taught my First Communion Students to cherish.
How do you celebrate?  Please share!

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I was SO HAPPY that my brother accepted our invitation to attend the Blue Mass.  He was asked by several people to participate in the procession...he humbly agreed and then branched off to sit with his sister (that's me!) and his nieces.  His nephew (Conductor) was proudly serving the Holy Mass.  It was both a very solemn and happy occasion.


 
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 I quickly snapped this shot, but missed what all the fun was about...
clearly something funny occurred...
 
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GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS!!!
 

 AND GOD BLESS THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES SERVING, PROTECTING AND DEFENDING US!!!


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

St. Michael & St. Florian, Pray for us!
Holy Guardian Angels, intercede for us...

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2 comments:

  1. Oh how nice. I've never attended a Blue Mass. I don't even know if they have them here. Your pictures tell a wonderful story.
    Big Family Small Farm—PHFR

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    1. Thank you, Jenny. This was our first Blue Mass here - and I do hope they become an annual event. All those that participated (both Catholic and non-Catholic) were most appreciative of the acknowledgment, respect and much needed prayers.
      When the Police Pipes & Drums (bagpipes) played Amazing Grace for the dearly departed...tearfully beautiful.

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