Loading
Military archbishop honors, gives thanks for US veterans
By Adelaide Mena
Graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008.
Graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008.

.- The head of the military archdiocese honored veterans and those on active duty, thanking members of the armed forces and praying for all who have served in the protection of the United States.

“We gather in this Basilica of the National Shrine to the Immaculate Conception, because we want to give thanks in that perfect prayer for all of those who have served,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio at the May 19 Mass of Remembrance in Washington, D.C.

“We are able to be here in prayer, because women and men have set aside their security, their plans, their families, and what is familiar in order to serve this Nation whose foundation is based on principles.”

“How can we fail to pray for those who have assured those principles throughout the 237 years of our national existence?” he asked.

The Memorial Mass was sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and was the 19th year the archdiocese has sponsored this Mass. The archbishop served as the principal celebrant and homilist and, according to the Archdiocese two auxiliary bishops and “more than two dozen” priests and deacons concelebrated and assisted.

The Mass prayed in a particular way for the sacrifices of members of the armed services and “the families who still suffer the ravages of war.”

Archbishop Broglio also offered prayers “for the fallen so that they might also dwell in the presence of the Author of all,” including for those buried in Arlington National Cemetery and recent posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, Father Emil Kapaun.

In the weeks preceding the Mass, the archdiocese also “collected many petitions and request for remembrance” from around the globe.

The Archdiocese for the Military Services is responsible for the pastoral care of the nearly 2 million Catholics who serve in the United States Armed Forces, are enrolled in military academies, or are patients in VA hospitals and medical centers, as well as their families and United States civilian government personnel deployed overseas.

The archdiocese is the only body that is responsible for overseeing the military’s 265 Catholic chaplains, as well as deacons and lay ministers, and helps to oversee the spiritual and sacramental life of Catholics in military service.

While all chaplains volunteer as members of the Armed Services, and are paid by the federal government, the archdiocese itself is not under the purview of the United States government.

Although it is based in the United States, it is technically considered a “mission diocese” with no borders or geographically defined territory. “Its mission is worldwide and it supports the military members and their families wherever they are assigned or deployed,” the archdiocese website states.

In his homily, Archbishop Broglio reflected upon the worldwide nature of the Archdiocese’s scope and its connection to the gifts of Pentecost.

Reflecting upon Christ’s victory over death, the archbishop rejoiced that “Lamb of God who has taken upon Himself the sins of the world makes certain that the Church will continue to apply that victory to the concrete situation of believers everywhere.”

“How important it is that such a priceless gift be assured for the men and women in harm’s way,” he remarked.

“It is in the celebration of penance and the Holy Eucharist that the specificity of the Catholic chaplain is made manifest. Were this Archdiocese for the Military Services to offer nothing else, providing priests for that purpose alone would justify her existence!”

Tags: Military Archdiocese, Memorial Day


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
24

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Gospel
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »

Saint
Date
04/24/14
04/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Homily
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: