All members of the legal profession and their families are invited to attend this occasion of prayerful petition and thanksgiving, regardless of religious affiliation. The 2012 Distinguished Judicial Service Award will be presented at the conclusion of the liturgy.
Originally held in 1310, The Red Mass marked the beginning of the Michaelmas (fall term) of the King’s Bench during the reign of Edward of England. It was an occasion of great pageantry and solemnity as judges, barristers and members of Parliament gathered to invoke God’s blessing and guidance on themselves and their profession.
Following Red Mass, there will be a reception in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall. The 2012-2013 Washington Judges Foundation Lawless Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at the reception.