PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Catholic Diocese of Portland honored Maine's public safety workers in a special mass Sunday.
The diocese devotes one Sunday in September to those who serve and protect our communities. The Blue Mass honors police officers, firefighters, and other public safety professionals from around the state. It gives the community a chance to thank first responders for their service, and to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
"To say a mass and offer up prayers for the hope and welfare of not only the firefighters and police officers in the state, but the family members of the firefighters and police officers who on a daily basis put their lives on the line for the citizens of the state and the visitors of the state" South Portland Firefighter Richard Foley said.
The Blue Mass has been a tradition in the Catholic Church for decades, and saw a resurgence after the attacks on September 11th 2001.