Anchorage Red Mass set for attorneys, politicians


The annual Red Mass takes place on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage. Held annually in many American cities, the Red Mass is a special Mass at which the Catholic Church prays for all who practice law, especially asking the Holy Spirit’s guidance for attorneys, judges and politicians.

Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz and Juneau Bishop Edward Burns will concelebrate the Mass.

After the Mass in Anchorage, there will be a brunch and presentation at 11 a.m. at the downtown Marriott Hotel (Kenai/Denali Room). Bishop Burns will give a talk that draws from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ publication, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility.”

The origins of the Red Mass are traced to the 13th century, when the first known Red Mass was offered on behalf of the supreme court of the Catholic Church, the Roman Rota. Clerics wear red vestments, since the color signifies the Holy Spirit.

The annual Red Mass celebrations in Anchorage are sponsored by the St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Society of Alaska. All are welcome to the Mass. To make reservations for the brunch, which is $40 a person, contact Jenny Michaelson at 297-7729 or

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