United States Border Patrol Chief Carla L. Provost, left, offers a hug to a U.S. Border Patrol agent as they attend the 25th Annual Blue Mass held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington on May 7, 2019. (CBP photo by Glenn Fawcett)

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK: Lives of First Responders Celebrated at Blue Mass

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.”

Read more at the Catholic Standard

Members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Honor Guard exit St. Patrick’s Catholic Church during the opening ceremony of the 25th Annual Blue Mass held in Washington on May 7, 2019. (CBP photo by Glenn Fawcett)
Attorney General Bill Barr attends the 25th Annual Blue Mass held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington on May 7, 2019. (CBP photo by Glenn Fawcett)
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske attend the 25th Annual Blue Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington on May 7, 2019. (DHS photo by Tim D. Godbee)
Members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Honor Guard play bagpipes at the start of the 25th Annual Blue Mass held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington on May 7, 2019. (CBP photo by Glenn Fawcett)
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