Service to honor U.S. military members, living and dead
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 21st annual Memorial Mass organized by the Archdiocese for the Military Services will be celebrated on the Solemnity of the Ascension at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the principal celebrant and homilist, with several priests concelebrating and deacons assisting. The opening procession will follow a 15-minute musical prelude beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“This annual celebration allows us to pause and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by men and women in uniform in service to our Country. During this perfect prayer, we will remember those who have died on the battlefield, others who have passed away since this Mass last year, and those who still suffer the effects of war. The living, both active-duty and veterans, will also be included, and I encourage their participation as well as that of their families. I hope that some of the patients currently at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland will take part in this solemn celebration.”
The Memorial Mass is open to the public.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is located at 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast in Washington, D.C.