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Friday, January 11, 2019

2018 Red Mass

Date(s): January 11, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM  CST - 2:30 PM  CST


The annual tradition of Red Mass will take place on Friday, January 11, 2018, beginning at 12:00 Noon at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Downtown Lafayette. Following mass will be a reception in the Cathedral Hall sponsored by Broussard & David Law Firm. Registration for this event is not required. 

Please join us for Court Opening ceremonies at 3:30 pm. Click here to learn more about Court Opening.

The History of Red Mass

The custom of solemn Mass invoking the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the judicial year originated in the 13th century. From the time of Edward I, the Mass was offered at Westminster Abbey at the opening of the Michaelmas term. It came to be called the “Red Mass” from the red Mass vestments and from the scarlet robes of the Lord High Justices and the university professors. Today the Catholic judges assemble at Westminster Cathedral for the Red Mass while the Anglican and jurists worship at Westminster Abbey.


In France the observance was held at the Sainte-Chapelle, until the government secularized it in 1906, and the Messe Rouge was transferred to aint-Germain-l’Auxerrois. The Red Mass has also been traditionally identified with the Sacred Roman Rota, the high appellate court of the Catholic Church.


The first Red Mass in America was at old St. Andrew’s Church in New York City on October 6, 1928. The custom has spread to other cities, and not only Catholic, but many Protestant and Jewish judges and lawyers have also adopted the custom of attending.


The Red Mass is offered to invoke the Holy Spirit as the source of the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and fortitude, for the dispensing of justice in the courtroom and in the lawyer’s office. Since the judicial year is no longer so clearly defined, the Red Mass is offered in some places as part of the observance of Law Day, while in other areas it is still offered at the beginning of the fall term. Our Red Mass is in observance of  Court Opening.

2018 Court Opening

Date(s): January 11, 2019

Time: 3:30 PM  CST - 6:30 PM  CST


Court Opening ceremonies will be held on Friday, January 11, 2018, beginning at 3:30 PM at the Acadia Parish Courthouse, 500 N. Parkerson Ave, Crowley, LA. The ceremony will introduce all newly admitted attorneys as well as honor attorneys who passed away in 2018. A reception will follow at The Grand Opera House of the South (505 N. Parkerson Ave, Crowley, LA). 

This ceremony will be following Red Mass, which is at 12 noon on this day. Click here to learn more about Red Mass.

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