As Jesus said “No one has greater love than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Monday is Memorial Day and this is a big day for our country. As Catholics we recognize the value of honoring the dead and we pray for them as well. Let’s use this great day as a reminder to be grateful for those who have died in service to our country and also as a time to remember how important it is to pray for the dead.
I think it important that we pray together that day and, weather permitting, I am going to pray mass at the Sacred Heart Cemetery on Memorial day at 8am. If you would like to come pray with me, bring a lawn chair or something to sit on and we will pray mass together back by the crucifix in the back of the cemetery. If it is raining at 7am, then count on us NOT praying mass at 8 and I invite you to pray a Rosary for our dead.
May God bless our Memorial Day with a great gratitude for all those who died in service and defense of our country.
Prayer for Memorial Day
God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.