Archbishop Broglio to Celebrate Memorial Mass on May 17 at National Shrine

Service to honor U.S. military members, living and dead; Friday noon deadline to submit names to be remembered at Mass

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 21st annual Memorial Mass organized by the Archdiocese for the Military Services will be celebrated this coming Sunday, May 17, 2015, the Solemnity of the Ascension, at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, in Washington, D.C.

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. Anyone wishing to submit names for prayerful remembrance at the altar may do so by emailingJo Ann Redmond by noon on Friday, May 15.