Religion: Red Mass

The priest turned from the altar. Facing the congregation he said, "Orate, fratres." The brethren prayed.

More tangible than the nominal brotherhood of man was the relation between the priest and the congregation. All were lawyers. The Rev. Joseph B. Creedon, celebrant of the mass, is a onetime Manhattan attorney. The Rev. Joseph Stack, a onetime Washington attorney, and the Rev. William I. Lonergan, onetime Manhattan attorney, were present in the sanctuary.

The occasion was the celebration of the first Red Mass or Mass of the...