Blue Mass honors first responders
Photo by James Baca/DCR
Law enforcement officers approach the altar to receive Communion from Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley during the annual Blue Mass held Sept. 8.
Approximately 200 people attended the Mass to honor law enforcement, fire and EMT professionals in the Denver Archdiocese. The main celebrant for the liturgy, held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver, was Bishop Conley.
A homily highlighting the importance of service was delivered by Deacon Robert Rinne. Prior to Mass, the names of the six law enforcement officers and firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty since last year’s Blue Mass were read aloud.
The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack—that killed nearly 3,000 people—was recognized before Mass, at the homily and during the general intercessions.