Members of the Catholic Police Guild (CPG) gathered for the Annual Solemn Requiem Mass for deceased police officers and staff on 8th November at Westminster Cathedral, celebrated by Bishop of Menevia Tom Burns.
In attendance was Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, serving and retired officers and staff from around the country and cadets from Essex Police.
At the start of Mass, two officers processed a helmet and a bowler hat representing men and women of the force up to the sanctuary and presented them to Bishop Tom. They were placed on the sanctuary for the duration of the Mass as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by officers in the line of duty.
In his homily, Bishop Tom reflected on the importance of friendship, camaraderie and respect in difficult times. He said that, now police may not only be called to lay down their lives for their friends but also for their enemies, spiritual courage and friendship were more needed than ever. He also talked about the Guild offering a safe environment where rank is not important, reflecting the humility of Jesus who came not to be served but to serve.
At the end of Mass, to remember those who have died, the Last Post was played, followed by two minutes' silence.
The music was led by the Metropolitan Police Choir, conducted by Richard Fox.
Founded in 1914 as the Metropolitan and City Catholic Police Guild, the CPG was formed to provide for the spiritual needs of Catholic police men and women. Its membership now includes Police Officers, Police Staff and Police Community Support Officers from across England and Wales.