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Jensen Beach, FL_ September 10, 2007__ Some 1100 blue-uniformed police and firemen marched into St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, DC, for the celebration of the First Blue Mass on September 29, 1934. The Blue Mass was initiated by Thomas Dade, a Catholic Priest from the Baltimore, MD, Archdiocese, who founded the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society while stationed at St. Patrick’s Church.

The Blue Mass, so-named because of the predominantly blue-colored uniforms of police officers, firefighters and emergency medical providers, has become increasingly popular across the country since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Mass honors those who have fallen in the line of duty and those currently serving, and gives the community an opportunity to show gratitude for those who serve so courageously, as well as their families, who risk so much that others can live more safely and without fear.

During services, these real-life guardian angels often evoke the words of the psalm: “The Lord has put angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways” (Ps 91:11).

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach, FL, will begin its Blue Mass services with “Angels Over America,” a stirring memorial video which draws parallels between angels and the heroes of 9/11. The work was authored and co-produced by Carolyn K. Long, who will be attending the event. This Sixth Anniversary Memorial “Blue Mass” will be celebrated by Most Rev. Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach, Tuesday September 11, 2007, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 2555 N.E. Savanna Road, Jensen Beach, Florida.

“We must never forget those who have fallen and those who continue to give so generously and selflessly in defense of our country abroad and at home, be they firefighters, police, military, or other first responders,” says Rev. James Molgano, Pastor of St. Martin de Porres. “It’s commendable, honorable, and we as a people must continue to reach out to them and their families to show our appreciation.”

Rev. Molgano has invited all Martin County firefighters, police officers and EMTs, as well as federal, state and local officials to join the community at the Solemn High Blue Mass, “as we continue to pray for peace, protection from evil, and for the men and women who give in service each day in defense of freedom.”

Angels Over America, an 8-minute memorial video incorporating images, music and poetry, is both a stirring tribute to 9/11 victims and heroes, and an artistic work whose unique metaphor offers healing perspectives on this pivotal moment in our nation’s history. “The events of September 11, 2001, will be a part of the American consciousness forever,” says author Carolyn K. Long. How we hold them there will shape our future.”

Award-winning New York arranger and composer Mark Freeh produced the video from Carolyn Long’s poem, Angels Over America, against the backdrop of powerful 9/11 images and his stirring arrangement of “America the Beautiful” and moving renditions of “Amazing Grace” and ”My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

Media coverage is welcome. News cameras will be allowed inside the Church, but flash photography is not permitted. For more information, contact St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church at 772-334-4214.

The poem or video can be viewed or downloaded from the website at The DVD and poster of the poem Angels Over America, are available to the media, or can be ordered online from the website or by email from

Carolyn K. Long is a professional speaker, consultant, writer and photographer, based in Columbia, MD. She can be reached at

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The events of 911 will be a part of the American consciousness forever.

How they are held there will shape our future.

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