Legal professionals, law enforcement pray for guidance at 18th Annual Red Mass

Mass honors people involved in our judicial system

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It is a tradition celebrated around the world. 

On Wednesday night, dozens gathered at Bakersfield's St. Francis of Assisi Parish for the 18th Annual Red Mass.

The mass honors local judges, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and other people involved in the judicial system.

The tradition dates back to the 13th century and is a time for community members to pray for, and pay tribute to those instrumental in the legal system. 

The event wasn't just for Catholics, though. Monsignor Craig Harrison, of St. Francis Parish Church, says community members from all denominations were invited to attend. 

"We are also broken people, not here to judge everyone, but to help bring peace and justice into the world and I can't think of a better time in our world that we need that now," Harrison said.

Organizers said the color red signifies the Holy Spirit and martyrdom.

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