Annual Blue Mass: Praying for Those who Protect

By Bishop Paul S. Loverde

On Saturday, Sept. 25, I had the privilege of celebrating the Diocese of Arlington’s annual Blue Mass to honor and pray for law enforcement and public safety officers.



Presentation of the Colors at the Blue Mass



The Mass and reception were held at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington. Fr. Robert Rippy, the rector of our cathedral, also serves as the Chaplain for the Arlington County Police Department.


Bishop Loverde with Concelebrants, Frs. Rippy and Weber


Setting aside time to pray, in particular for those who work so hard to protect us, is important. I invite you to join with me now in the prayer that I prayed on Saturday:

“We pray for you and your families. We entrust each of you to the Good Shepherd: that He may keep you safe; that He may keep you free from cynicism that can come from seeing so much that is seedy and negative; that He may always keep you aware of His great love for each of you. We pray with you, as well, for your colleagues who have died, especially those who lost their lives in the line of duty. May God protect each of you, and keep you faithful to Him and bring you one day when this life is ended, to the eternal home awaiting you and, please God, all of us as well.  God keep you.”


This display commemorates those who have fallen in the line of duty.


We ended our evening together with a reception in Monsignor Burke Hall – I was happy to meet families and thank the law enforcement officers personally.

Bishop Loverde meets with participants after Mass






One thought on “Annual Blue Mass: Praying for Those who Protect

  1. Your Excellency,

    The other day, I saw several police officers patrolling the area dilligently, and then I thought of the Blue Mass which you celebrated on their behalf. Thank you, Father Loverde, for being a Good Shepherd, doing all things for the good of the flock, and for those of the flock who provide security and comfort through their assertive presence and alert action. May they and their families be well protected and comforted and secure in all that they do.

    Peace and Care,

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