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Catholics celebrate ‘red mass' in Honolulu

Honolulu bishop Larry Silva Honolulu bishop Larry Silva

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 700 year old tradition continued Thursday morning at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu.  The red mass, celebrated annually during the week the state legislature opens, is the Catholic Church's public prayer to the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance for the state's civic leaders.

Honolulu bishop Larry Silva presided at the mass. This year's theme was healthcare.   

Among the 300 plus in attendance were Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, prosecutor Peter Carlisle and House Speaker Calvin Say.

The red mass is a 700-year-old tradition dating back to Europe. It is called a red mass because of the vestments worn at the service.

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