From the Pastor – Memorial Day Weekend – May 28, 2017

From the Pastor



7th Sunday of Easter



May 28, 2017


Memorial Day Weekend



We take a break from our saintly reflections to honor all who offered their life in service to their country by reflecting on the Mass prayers or orations that are entitled: “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice.”


In a perfect world, we’d need not lock, monitor, or alarm our homes and businesses, schools and places of worship. In a perfect world, walls and fences, laws protecting the vulnerable or defenseless, and armies would be superfluous. In a perfect world, no one would have to risk or give their own life – or harm or end the life of another – to combat terrorism or hate, injustice or abuse. But we do not live in a perfect world. So we need a day to prayerfully remember those who, like the Lord Jesus, gave their life for the protection of others. Here are the orations that may be used at Masses on Memorial Day.


For the Preservation of Peace and Justice – Collect


O God, who have revealed that peacemakers are to be called your children, grant, we pray, that we

may work without ceasing to establish that justice

which alone ensures true and lasting peace.

Through our Lord Jesus … for ever and ever. Amen.


O God, who show a father’s care for all, grant, in your mercy, that the members of the human race,

to whom you have given a single origin,

may form in peace a single family

and always be united by a fraternal spirit.

Through our Lord Jesus … for ever and ever. Amen.



In the highpoint of God’s plan for the salvation of the human race, Jesus sat at table with His Apostles at the Last Supper and offered His own Body and Blood as our food and drink. This holy meal helps forge the unity of God’s family around His table. For through the Eucharist we can become what we receive – and can be strengthened by Him whom we receive. Until we make and keep God and His blessings the center of our life: personally; as a Country; and as citizens of earth, our efforts to be one people – and to live in peace and harmony with one another – will be hindered – if not doomed – from the start.

For the Preservation of Peace and Justice – Offerings


May the saving sacrifice of your Son,

the King of peace, offered under sacramental signs that signify peace and unity,

strengthen, we pray, O Lord,

concord among all your children.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


These words, taken from the hymn ‘Let There Be Peace On Earth,’
hold the key to the peace and justice for which we so fervently pray. For only if we are united under, loyal to, and striving to imitate Christ, our King of Peace, will there ever be “concord among all [God’s] children.” Some consider the last words of that hymn heretical, “… and let it begin with me.”-
For God, and God alone, is the source of all grace and blessing. However, through Baptism we become God’s children; receiving Eucharist can make us another Christ; in Confirmation we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. So with all this Sacramental grace, it is God, living and active within us, who makes it possible for peace “to begin with me.”


For the Preservation of Peace and Justice – Communion


Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, the spirit of charity, so that, sustained by the Body and Blood of your Only Begotten Son, we may

be effective in nurturing among all

the peace that he has left us.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


WE HAVE LOTS OF LOVING WORK TO DO! The revised orations use the word ‘charity’ for ‘love’
– which is a profoundly expressive form of love. Charity is love
. Until we allow the love with which Christ suffered and died for us to be the
main motivating factor in all our dealings with one another, our hopes and prayers for peace will be dashed by our desire for revenge – and even restitution. For as Jesus said: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” [John 15:13]
This is the kind of charity our world desperately needs; this is the kind of love we celebrate in the dead we honor on Memorial Day Weekend. May they rest in peace. Amen.


In His holy Name,




Rev. Thomas J. Serafin, KHS