Cinti Blue Mass Set for Sept. 25
Fr. Steve Angi, Chaplain of the Cincinnati Police Department, will celebrate the 12th annual Blue Mass at Cincinnati’s Cathedral on Sept. 25th at 11 am.
“Blue Mass celebrations are held throughout the United States, usually in a cathedral setting, to honor the men and women who serve our communities as police, fir,e and safety personnel,” said CFD Captain Rick Ransic, a member of the organizing committee.
“The homily contains a message of appreciation, encouragement and solidarity with the safety personnel as keepers of order in our civil society.”
People of all faiths are welcome to attend the Mass, which will be preceded by a 10:45 ceremony outside the cathedral steps on Plum street, where officers will be assembled on horseback and emergency vehicles will be parked, including fire trucks will be set up with flags hung from their extended ladders . Fr. Angi will bless members of police and fire departments and their equipment. Following the blessing, officers, their family members, and community members will process into the cathedral behind a bagpiper and color guard.
Attendees should consider coming early to the Cathedral (about 10:30 a.m.) to see area fire trucks set up with flags hung from their extended ladders, and to see officers on horseback.
At the end of Mass, names of safety personnel who have died this past year will be read aloud. A reception will follow on the plaza.
Cathedral staff recommend arriving by 10:30 to see the equipment and prepare for the procession.
Blue Masses, named for the dress uniforms of police and fire departments, are one of several “colored” Masses blessing members of various professions. In Greater Cincinnati, an annual “Red” Mass for lawyers and judges (not scheduled yet) is usually held every fall. On OCt. 27th, the new Greater Cincinnati Catholic Medical Guild will hold a “White” Mass for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals at Covington’s cathedral.
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