The tradition of the White Mass in the United States finds its origins in the development of the national Catholic Medical Association in the early 1930s. From its inception, the medical profession has been understood as a healing profession, a way in which Christ’s work continues upon the earth. Moreover, since the apparitions at Lourdes in the late 19th century, the plight of the sick, infirm and those who care for them have taken on renewed appreciation in participating in the mysteries of Christ’s own earthly life. The White Mass, so named by the color worn by those in the healing profession of medicine, gathers health care professionals under the patronage of Saint Luke to ask God’s blessing upon the patients, doctors, nurses, all staff and the caregivers.
Saint Luke, pray for those in the healing profession.
Read the full homily here.