WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, a solemn Mass in honor of United States servicemen and women, living and dead, will be televised across North America on both EWTN and CatholicTV. The Memorial Mass will air on EWTN at 11:30 a.m. (EDST) and again twelve-and-a-half hours later at midnight (EDST). CatholicTV will carry the Memorial Mass at 12:00 noon (EDST) and again at 8:00 p.m. (EDST).
The hour-and-a-half Memorial Mass, the broadcast of which is sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), takes place in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception before an all-pews-filled congregation including senior U.S. Military officers, active duty and retired.
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, is the principal celebrant and homilist with more than two dozen priests concelebrating, including: Auxiliary Bishop Richard B. Higgins, Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs; Maronite Chorbishop Dominic Askar; Msgr. John J.M. Foster, J.C.D., Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia; Father Christopher Armstrong, J.C.D., Judicial Vicar; Father Robert Cannon, Chancellor; Father Aidan Logan, O.C.S.O., Vocations Director; and Msgr. Walter R. Rossi, Rector of the Basilica.
The Memorial Mass was pre-recorded at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, May 21, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. With television cameras panning the Great Upper Church, the Mass commenced with great pageantry. A Knights of Columbus (K of C) contingent led the opening procession as the Choir of the Basilica intoned the processional hymn. A U.S. Military color guard presented the colors to the singing of the National Anthem by the congregation.
In his homily, Archbishop Broglio called to mind the purpose of the occasion:
“… Fundamentally, this celebration charges us to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the values and safety of our Nation. We think of those who dramatically died on a battlefield, but also of those who succumbed to old age or bear the marks of battle in body and spirit and those who care for them. In a particular way we pray for the repose of the soul of Bishop José Madera, who passed away earlier this year. We also recommit ourselves to the families who lost loved ones or who care for those who still suffer the cost of war…
“A local news station indicated that the number of organized protests in the Capital District is on the increase. I never fail to think that protestors can protest, because others keep watch, run the risks, defend our liberties, and die to preserve those rights we hold dear. Today, dear sisters and brothers, we pause in prayer to thank them for that commitment and to give thanks that we enjoy certain God-given rights.
To hear Archbishop Broglio’s full homily, watch Monday, May 29: EWTN at 11:30 a.m. (EDST) or exactly twelve-and-a-half-hours later at midnight; or CatholicTV at 11:30 a.m. (EDST) or 8:00 p.m. (EDST).