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The St. Thomas More Society invites lawyers, judges, lawmakers, elected officials and the public to come together Jan. 23 for the 48th annual Red Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will preside at the Mass, which marks the opening of the legislative session and is held to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit for those in the legal and legislative communities. Attorneys in attendance renew their oath of admission to the Arizona State Bar at the conclusion of the liturgy.

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is the guest homilist.

Reception to follow Red Mass at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, east of St. Mary’s Basilica. No RSVP required.

The Red Mass was first celebrated in France during the Middle Ages. Clergy wear red vestments to symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit they pray will guide lawyers, judges and lawmakers.