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The Red Mass in Edinburgh

The opening of Scotland’s judicial year was marked this past Sunday by the Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh offering the customary Red Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral.

This year Archbishop Leo Cushley was joined by Lord Drummond Young and his fellow Senators of the College of Justice, Lord Uist, Lord Doherty, Lord Matthews, and Lady Carmichael.

Gordon Jackson QC, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and Austin Lafferty of the Law Society of Scotland joined many sheriffs, QCs, advocates, solicitors, trainee solictors, paralegals, and law students.

“These men and women serve the nation in a high office and come here to ask the Lord’s blessing upon this year’s work that they carry out on our behalf,” Archbishop Cushley noted in his homily.

“Know that we appreciate the difficult and complex tasks that you have and the duties that you perform – which are very onerous – on behalf of us all and that you be assured of our prayers and our support for all that you do to apply the law of the land with virtue and with justice and with mercy.”

Source: Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh

This post was published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 2:45 pm. It has been categorised under Church Edinburgh Scotland Tradition and been tagged under , , .
Rory O'Donnell
27 Sep 2016 3:10 pm

So no promotions from any of this eminent group to the Order of the Thistle! And presumably a rival gathering at the High Kirk o’ St Giles?

The Major
14 Oct 2016 3:30 pm

I am surprised that as it is the “Red Mass” the Archbishop is not wearing red vestments, such Masses are, I believe, usually votive Masses of the Holy Spirit hence the red vestments and the name Red Mass. Green Mass doesn’t have quite the same ring to it….

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