From a reader…
How do you go about scheduling a specific Mass for a profession? I am a member of a new group called Saint Isidore’s Guild, a professional apostolate of programmers and other IT professionals under the patronage of the St. Isidore of Seville based in St. Paul. We were thinking of having a Mass on the Feast of Saint Isidore for IT People/Programmers, but have no idea what that would actually entail.
I like your initiative. I suggest that you approach a parish priest about this and simply ask him.
There are in most places specific annual Masses for certain professions. A “Red Mass” is celebrated for those in the legal professions, such as lawyers and judges. A “Blue Mass” is celebrated for law enforcement. A “White Mass” is for health care professionals. I’ve also heard of “Gold Mass” for scientists, etc., gold because of the old hunt in alchemy for a way to turn substances into gold. I don’t think that has caught on yet.
Why not a Mass for IT pros?
What would it be called, I wonder. It should perhaps be a sufficiently obscure color name so as to reflect a measure of nerdiness.
How about Wenge Mass? Fulvous Mass? I know… Incarnadine Mass!
I wish my POLL PLUGIN was working!
Speaking of St. Isidore, have a look at the prayer I wrote many years ago before using the internet. It has been translated into lots of languages and it has official recognition from quite a few dioceses. I have a page with an explanation of why I wrote it, way back when, and the different language versions.
I am always happy to have new versions, along with audio recordings by native speakers.
I always have a link to that page and prayer at the top menu of this blog.
BTW… apparently the Klingon version of the prayer wasn’t very good, but the nerdy jackass who sent me a nastygram about it didn’t provide a better version. Now that the new Star Trek series is going, with lots of Klingon, we could get a more acceptable rendering.