We should join our Supreme Court Justices in praying to our Supreme God to guide and direct this fall’s Supreme Court session. The tradition of “Red Mass” began in 13th century England, and has been practiced in the U.S. for the last 57 years. Red Mass is a Catholic mass held on the first Sunday in October at a cathedral in Washington. This year, a majority of the Court’s Justices (five in total) were present, along with Vice President Biden. The Archbishop of Washington, who officiated the mass, said, “They come to ask the blessing of the Spirit before the new session, but also give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy, particularly that we are a nation of laws.”
Here are prayer points for some of the cases that will be heard this term:
* On 10/6 Snyder v. Phelps will be heard, concerning Rev. Fred Phelp’s protection of free speech to protest at military funerals. Pray for the love of Christ to come through along with unity in the body.
* On 10/13 Skinner v. Switzer will be heard, on the question of inmates’ ability to use DNA tests. Pray for justice and truth to reign.
* On 11/2 Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment will be heard, concerning California’s attempt to block the sale of violent video games. Pray for the youth of America that they would grow up in a country where there would be protection from violence and not the celebration of it.
* On 11/3 Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn will be heard, over an Arizona law that allows residents to designate a portion of their taxes to school tuition programs, most of which were given to religious schools. Pray for an accurate interpretation of the First Amendment and the “establishment clause.”