Baltimore, Md., Mar 6, 2018 / 14:42 pm America/Denver (CNA).
On Sunday, the Archdiocese of Baltimore celebrated a Blue Mass to honor the local police force and law enforcement officials, showing gratitude to the public servants and encouraging faithful leadership according to the Ten Commandments.
“Every day you put your lives on the line to keep the citizens of our city safe and strive to build bonds of trust between the police and the community,” said Archbishop William E. Lori in the homily.
“The fact that we’ve gathered together as a community of faith to pray with you and to pray for you is meant to be a source of comfort and encouragement to you and your colleagues,” he continued.
The Blue Mass took place on March 4 at St. Casimir Parish in Canton, one of the largest churches in the archdiocese. Archbishop Lori presided at the Mass, which was attended by police officers, local families, the Knights of Columbus, the Boy Scouts of America and the Maryland Catholic War Veterans. Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore and Darryl De Sousa, the city police commissioner, were also in attendance.
Archbishop Lori prayed for the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of police officers, that those present would be protected from all harm and given “the strength, wisdom and virtue needed to fulfill your demanding responsibilities on behalf of all of us.”