Bishop Deeley, Public Safety Officials Celebrate Blue Mass in Lewiston
LEWISTON, Maine — More than 200 people, including dozens of police, firefighters, game wardens and public safety personnel, attended the annual Blue Mass offered by the Catholic diocese at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston Sunday morning.
The Blue Mass, which dates back to 1934, is a service that recognizes the dedication, sacrifice and commitment of first responders. The blue is a reference to the color of the uniforms worn by many of them. Bishop Robert Deeley was joined by priest and deacons from around the diocese to recognize those who protect the public in Maine.
Also present for the mass were a multijurisdictional color guard, ladder trucks from the Auburn and Lewiston fire departments and the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps, which performed outside the church before and after the mass.