Hundreds of law enforcement officers, firefighters, first responders and others gathered at St. Patrick Church in Washington, D.C., on May 7 for the 25th Blue Mass to invoke God’s blessing on law enforcement personnel.
“We celebrate today the lives of those who have been lost in the line of duty. We celebrate today their memory. We celebrate today all our first responders,” said Msgr. Salvatore Criscuolo, pastor of St. Patrick Church, who serves as chaplain to the D.C. Metropolitan Police, other D.C. first responders and several federal law enforcement agencies.
Msgr. Criscuolo served as homilist at the Mass. Paraphrasing the biblical passage from John 15:13, Msgr. Criscuolo said, “We know there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another. Today we remember those who laid down their lives.”