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Blue Mass to honor law enforcement, rescue personnel

LINCOLN (SNR) – The annual Blue Mass to honor all active, deceased and retired law enforcement, fire and rescue and corrections personnel will be celebrated Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3500 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln.

The event is hosted by the Lincoln 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.

The tradition of the Blue Mass originated in New York in 2002 to honor the men and women who gave their lives trying to save civilians during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack the previous year. The name comes from the blue uniforms traditionally worn by police officers. 

In 2013, the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus hosted the first Blue Mass at St. Mary Church in Lincoln with the full support of Bishop James Conley. 

Related item: Slideshow from 2018 event

Manny Gallardo, a former captain in the Nebraska State Patrol and member of the Knights of Columbus said the Knights decided to pursue the Blue Mass to honor the deceased members of each agency who have died.

“We greatly appreciate the fact that Bishop Conley is in favor of this Mass and is willing to be our celebrant each year,” he said. 

During the Mass, the directors of each agency will be invited to come forward to read the names of those who died in the last 12 months, so that all will be prayed for by name during the Prayers of the Faithful. 

After the Mass, Bishop Conley will perform a special blessing of all emergency vehicles from each agency. 

Attendees need not be Catholic, and everyone is invited to come and pray for the officers who do so much to keep people safe. 

“Come and honor your law enforcement, fire and rescue and corrections personnel,” Gallardo said, “both living, and those who have died.” 


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