HARTFORD - Archbishop Leonard P. Blair "will celebrate a
Blue Mass to pray for the men and women who protect citizens every day
from the perils
of our society, and aid communities in their time of need," according to a release. T
to the Archbishop, the Mass is an opportunity to come together as the
People of God and recognize the sacrifice of police, firefighters,
of Correction personnel and other safety employees, and to give
reverence to those who have given their lives in service to their
neighborhoods," the release said.
Thee Mass is open to the public, and people of all faiths are welcome to attend.
“It takes a special person to put the well-being of others ahead of him or herself,” he said, also in the release.
year a memorial candle will be given to the family of Donavan Alden, a
paramedic who was killed in a car accident in March on his way to work.
will be engraved with his name and feature the scripture passage, 'No
one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
Lt. Mark Sticca of the Connecticut State Police Department, a member of the
committee responsible for organizing the Mass, said, also in the release, that "families appreciate
prayers dedicated to their loved ones."
Archdiocesan Blue Mass has become a tradition in the Archdiocese of
Hartford. It brings family and friends together to pay their respects,”
Sticca said. “We
hope that friends and families will be part of this special prayer
procession featuring Honor Guards from the: Connecticut State Police,
Hartford Police Department, Department of Correction, Statewide Fire
with Connecticut State Police Bagpipers will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Flower St. (a block away from the Cathedral) before the Mass.
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