Lewiston Church to Honor Public Safety Community with Blue Mass
LEWISTON – Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement, fire and emergency personnel are expected to be recognized for their commitment and selflessness at a mass next month.
Bishop Robert Deeley will celebrate Blue Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 19 at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 122 Ash Street. People of all faiths are invited to join the community in showing their gratitude to the public safety community. . All active and retired members of this community are encouraged to come with their families and in uniform.
“We are well served by those who protect and serve us. We have to take a break to thank them, ”Deeley said, according to a press release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. “We don’t need to wait for disaster to happen to be grateful for the dedication of all whose life’s work is protecting the public. At the Blue Mass, our goal is not only to thank them for their service to society, but also to thank God for this service and to ask for God’s blessing on each of them.
Elected representatives at the local, state and national levels should join the bishop in honoring those who serve in this community. Blessings will be granted to all who contribute to the public health and safety of Maine, and prayers will be offered for those who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Members of the public security community will fulfill several roles during Mass, including as readers and bearers of gifts, and color guards and a multi-jurisdictional honor guard will be on hand. Lewiston and Auburn Fire Department ladder trucks will fly the American flag on Bartlett Street before mass.
The Blue Mass (referring to the blue uniforms worn by firefighters, law enforcement and other first responders) dates back to 1934 and is a venerable tradition in many dioceses. The events of September 11, 2001 prompted the Diocese of Portland to locally institute the Blue Mass.
For more information on the Blue Mass, including its history in the Diocese of Portland, visit portlanddiocese.org/BlueMass.