Hundreds of people gathered Sunday to pray for those men and women in blue who put their lives on the line everyday to protect the Rochester community.
The annual "Blue Mass" brings people together to honor local law-enforcement personnel and pray for their safety.
Roman Catholic Bishop of Rochester Emeritus Matthew H. Clark led the mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral.
"What is wonderful about the law enforcement response is it goes long before 911," said Larry Feasel, Roman Catholic Deacon. "So this is not a response to the tragedy the nation experiences. Law enforcement loves to come to this mass because they get to see people who appreciate what they do everyday. The fact they put themselves in harms way to protect the rest of the community every hour that they're in service."
Feasel said the "Blue Mass" is an offshoot of the "Red Mass" which is done for lawyers.