Okay, it’s called the “Red Mass” because of the colours the Judges wear, but should not the celebrants have been wearing green for Monday in the Fourth Week of Ordinary time?
UPDATE: Once again the educational benefit of running a blog has amply demonstrated itself, just as I have demonstrated my own ignorance concerning this tradition (a point of ignorance which, however, it appears that I was not alone in suffering!). Many readers, including Fr Richardson of the Sydney Liturgical Commission, have carried out an Act of Mercy by instructing the ignorant in the right paths. One reader wrote to me as follows:
The Red Mass has this name because it is the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated in Red Vestments (not the colour of the judges’ robes!!!!!!) which has been celebrated to invoke the aid of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the Legal Year in Christian countries since the thirteenth century.
To quote Eccles: “Ahhooohh, I feel such a fool!”