Saturday, May 19, 2012

Archbishop Broglio to Celebrate Memorial Mass This Sunday at National Shrine

Service held to honor military members, living and dead

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) will celebrate its 18th annual Memorial Mass at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, May 20 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., will serve as principal celebrant and homilist, with more than 25 priests and deacons concelebrating in the Upper Church.

The opening procession will follow a 15-minute musical prelude beginning at 4:15 p.m. Archbishop Broglio said: “As always, during this celebration service, members of the United States armed forces who died for their country will be remembered in that most perfect prayer. The living, both active-duty and veterans, will also be included, and we encourage their participation as well as that of their families. We especially hope that some of the patients currently at Walter Reed and Bethesda Medical Centers will take part in this solemn celebration.”

The Memorial Mass is open to the public. More than 550 are expected to participate.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is located at 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast in Washington, D.C.

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