Governor Rick Scott and other lawmakers joined hundreds of Catholics as they prayed for guidance at a local church.
The Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas Moore was flooded with people who traveled from across the state for the church's 36th annual red mass. During red mass, Catholics join together in prayer so that legislators and members of the legal profession will stay true to justice.
"The red mass is a centuries-old tradition. We celebrate liturgy to ask the Holy Spirit to give wisdom to the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the government," said Sheila Hopkins.
The custom of a special mass for the bench and the bar arose in England, France and Italy in the early 13th Century. The first recorded red mass was in Paris in the year 1245.