Red Mass

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The Red Mass is a Washington, D.C. tradition at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. The Mass was started in 1952 by the John Carroll Society, a lay Catholic group of prominent lawyers and professionals, to celebrate and Bless the legal profession in general and the new session of the Supreme Court of the United States in particular. [1] It is an ancient custom within the Roman Catholic Church. It is, by tradition held on the Sunday before the start of the Supreme Court's annual opening session on the 1st Monday of October.


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