Originating in the Middle Ages and now celebrated annually in San Francisco and around the world at the opening of each Court year, the Red Mass seeks blessing and guidance for judges, attorneys, law school professors, law students, government officials, and others involved in the legal and justice systems, and indeed for all who seek justice. In England, the custom dates back to the reign of Edward I (1272-1307), and in France jurists have gathered since 1248 in La Sainte Chapelle to attend Mass at the commencement of the new Court Calendar. Its name refers to the red vestments traditionally worn to symbolize the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the Apostles at Pentecost. It also recalls the scarlet robes worn by royal judges who attended the Mass centuries ago.
The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco invites all current members, prospective members, and their families to join them on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 5:30pm for the annual Red Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert Street, San Francisco. Mass will be followed by dinner at the nearby San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.
Those who are interested in attending the dinner, can email Karen Kimmey (KKimmey@fbm.com) and can pay the $90 at the door.