Most of the commentary on this Vox Nova thread, “Red Mass Liturgical Abuse” zeroed in on the song. I can’t say I’m all that surprised about singing the National Anthem. I wouldn’t program it at the beginning of a Mass and I’d rather not have it at the end, but that someone would do it–that doesn’t surprise me.
What I found curious is the report of the “military style procession.” Why would that be part of a Red Mass? Even in Washington DC? Is it part of some misguided sense of “supporting the troops”? (The best way to support them would be to bring them all home.) Or has the Red Mass morphed into some kind of secular observance, at least in the capital?
I’ve always applauded the spiritual focus put into my parishes’ observance of Thanksgiving through the years. The intrusion of a military element into a small religious expression of the tradition of law: that strikes me as some planners running off the rails on this.
Or perhaps these Washington lawyers, judges, and SCOTUS are expressing some reality the rest of us aren’t aware of.