A long-time Omaha tradition continued this morning. The Blue Mass is held every year to pay tribute to police officers and firefighters in the metro area. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer thanked Archbishop George Lucas for the mass celebration at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 5912 South 36th Street.
Chief Schmaderer says, “For the Archbishop to hold this mass every year just for that purpose means a lot for the first responders. We really appreciate and look forward to it every year.”
The Blue Mass dates back to 1934 when the uniforms worn by many first responders were blue. The mass honors St. Michael, the Archangel, Patron Saint of those employed in the public safety field and St. Florian, Patron Saint of firefighters. The mass pays tribute to those who continue to serve in the public safety field and remembers those who have given their lives in the line of duty.