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Red Mass
Red Mass

97th Annual Red Mass
Thursday October 21, 2021


Time: 5:30pm
Place: St. Michael's Cathedral
65 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario

Celebrant, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins

Reception and Dinner:

Dinner at 6:45pm

Location: Royal Canadian Military Institutel
426 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario

Keynote Speaker, The Honorable Russell Brown, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada


The Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto traces its history back to the 13th century with the initiation of the Red Mass. In the Cathedral of Paris in 1245, a Mass was held to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit on the judges of the Ecclesiastical Courts. It is believed the first liturgy was celebrated in honour of St. Ives of Brittany, the patron saint of lawyers. The practice of the Red Mass spread to England in 1310 during the reign of King Edward I. The entire Bench and Bar attended this special Eucharist at the beginning of the spring term of Court. The Name "Red Mass" became a tradition because of the red robes worn by the judges and the red vestments worn by the priests. The Red Mass has been held annually in Westminster Cathedral, London, since 1904. The Red Mass was first held in Toronto in 1925. Its sponsorship was assumed by the Guild of Our Lady of Good Counsel in 1931 and by The Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Toronto since 1968. One of the primary objectives of the Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto is the sponsorship of the Red Mass.