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Red Mass celebrating legal professionals will be held at Creighton University

The Creighton University School of Law will celebrate the traditional Red Mass to mark the opening of the fall term of the courts at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3 in St Johnís Church on the University campus.

The Most Reverend George J. Lucas, archbishop of Omaha, will be the presider along with concelebrants University President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, with other members of the Creighton University Jesuit Community. Also in attendance will be Gov. Pete Ricketts and newly sworn Iowa Supreme Court Justice Susan Larson-Christensen, a 1991 graduate of the Creighton School of Law.

Members of the legal profession in the community are invited along with faculty, staff and students of the law school to celebrate God's presence and action in the world, and to invoke the aid of the Holy Spirit in their work with the community.

The 800-year-old tradition commemorates the opening of the common law courts. The name of the Mass is derived from the red vestments worn by the priests, to signify the fire of the Holy Spirit, and by the scarlet robes worn then by judges and doctors of law.

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