This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day. It is the unofficial beginning of the summer. We mark this holiday with parades, backyard picnics and fireworks. As we learned in American History class, May 30th, traditional Memorial Day, was the dedication of the cemetery at the site of the battle of Gettysburg. At the dedication President Lincoln delivered his remarks that became known as the ‘Gettysburg Address’.
This holiday was begun to remember all those who sacrificed their lives in the Civil War and eventually in all wars and military conflicts that the United States was involved in. Please remember our deceased veterans and all who serve our country in the military. This holiday has also become a time in which we remember all our beloved deceased and decorate their resting places with flowers.
While this is a national and secular holiday, may we keep in mind our Christian faith which
teaches us about praying for those who have died and gone before us marked with the sign
of faith. Our prayer is that they live forever in the Peace of Christ. May we also keep in mind that many have served our country in peace and in war with honor and distinction.
May this national holiday help us to remember the ideals of freedom, liberty, equality and justice which are the foundation of our country. Our faith in Jesus Christ calls us to live in the world but not be of the world. May this holiday empower us so that we live as good citizens and yet be faithful members of God’s holy People.
[ The Parish Bulletin for 05/26/2013 can be obtained here. ]