ALS Celebrates ‘Red Mass’

August 13, 2019

On August 9, the Ateneo Law School together with the Ateneo de Manila Law Alumni Association, Inc. (ALAAI) celebrated the ‘Red Mass’. Students and alumni together with some members of the Philippine judiciary and government officials braved the rain and traffic to attend this liturgical tradition.
 
The ‘Red Mass’ is celebrated for all members of the legal profession: judges, lawyers, law school professors, law students, and government officials. Also called the ‘Mass of the Holy Spirit’, it is intended to seek for grace from the Holy Spirit to provide guidance for all who have responsibility in the legal profession. This year, the ‘Red Mass’ was especially offered for the newly elected and appointed alumni in the public service.
 
Having its roots in Europe in the early thirteenth century, the first recorded ‘Red Mass’ was celebrated in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. In England, the tradition of the Red Mass began around 1310. The name ‘Red Mass’ has been attributed to a mass to mark the beginning of each term of the Court of England wherein the celebrant is vested in red while the members of the bench and bar wore red robes.  

Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Parañaque officiated the mass.
Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Parañaque officiated the mass.

This year’s ‘Red Mass’ held at the Chapel of St. Thomas More was officiated by Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Parañaque, and concelebrated by Fr. Sigmund B. De Guzman, S.J. and Fr. Eric Anthony S. Escandor, S.J. Bishop Mercado reminded those present to espouse the Ignatian value of being “men and women for others."

Also called the ‘Mass of the Holy Spirit’, the Red Mass seeks for grace from the Holy Spirit to provide guidance for all who have responsibility in the legal profession.
Also called the ‘Mass of the Holy Spirit’, the Red Mass seeks for grace from the Holy Spirit to provide guidance for all who have responsibility in the legal profession. 
 

 
In his message, Ateneo Law School Dean Jose Maria G. Hofileña encouraged the alumni to continue to live out the Ateneo values. He reminded them that “even as you are unaware of it, you stand as examples to our impressionable students.”
 

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  • ALS Celebrates ‘Red Mass’
    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    On August 9, the Ateneo Law School together with the Ateneo de Manila Law Alumni Association, Inc. (ALAAI) celebrated the ‘Red Mass’. Students and alumni together with some members of the Philippine judiciary and government officials braved the rain and traffic to attend this liturgical tradition.
     
    The ‘Red Mass’ is celebrated for all members of the legal profession: judges, lawyers, law school professors, law students, and government officials. Also called the ‘Mass of the Holy Spirit’, it is intended to seek for grace from the Holy Spirit to provide guidance for all who have responsibility in the legal profession. This year, the ‘Red Mass’ was especially offered for the newly elected and appointed alumni in the public service.
     
    Having its roots in Europe in the early thirteenth century, the first recorded ‘Red Mass’ was celebrated in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. In England, the tradition of the Red Mass began around 1310. The name ‘Red Mass’ has been attributed to a mass to mark the beginning of each term of the Court of England wherein the celebrant is vested in red while the members of the bench and bar wore red robes.  

    Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Parañaque officiated the mass.
    Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Parañaque officiated the mass.

    This year’s ‘Red Mass’ held at the Chapel of St. Thomas More was officiated by Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Parañaque, and concelebrated by Fr. Sigmund B. De Guzman, S.J. and Fr. Eric Anthony S. Escandor, S.J. Bishop Mercado reminded those present to espouse the Ignatian value of being “men and women for others."

    Also called the ‘Mass of the Holy Spirit’, the Red Mass seeks for grace from the Holy Spirit to provide guidance for all who have responsibility in the legal profession.
    Also called the ‘Mass of the Holy Spirit’, the Red Mass seeks for grace from the Holy Spirit to provide guidance for all who have responsibility in the legal profession. 
     

     
    In his message, Ateneo Law School Dean Jose Maria G. Hofileña encouraged the alumni to continue to live out the Ateneo values. He reminded them that “even as you are unaware of it, you stand as examples to our impressionable students.”