Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day (US), May 26, 2008

In the US, Monday May 26th is Memorial Day, a national holiday. I offer this special prayer to show my gratitude for all those men and women of the Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy.


Remember, Lord the fallen
Who died in fields of war,
In flaming clouds, in screaming crowds,
On streets that are no more,
That we today might waken
And greet this day in peace.
With grateful prayer for those who bear
The storms that never cease.

Remember friends and strangers
And those forgotten now.
Whose names are known to you alone,
Before whose love we bow
And ask that you surround them
With mercy’s endless light
That they may live, and we forgive
The foe they went to fight.

Remember, Lord, the living,
Who bear the pain of loss
A death she died who stood beside
Her Son upon the cross.
Remember all you children
The dead and those who weep.
And make us one beneath the sun
Whose love will never sleep.

(Prayer by: Genevieve Glen, OSB, Abbey of St. Walburga, Virginia)

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