2015-05-29 / Community

Bishop attends Mass in South Portland

Offering prayers for those who died in service to the country, for veterans, and for their families, Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated an outdoor, Memorial Day Mass at Cavalry Cemetery in South Portland on Monday, May 25. Nearly 300 people gathered in the cemetery for the Mass, some wearing hats reflective of their service in the Armed Forces.

“It is our day to remember all those who have given their lives to defend the truths that our great nation holds to be selfevident: the truth, for example, that all men and women are created equal; the truth that we are all children of one God, endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights - to life, to liberty, and to the pursuit of happiness. The men and women we remember today died defending these rights,” Deeley said.

Noting that Memorial Day got its start as Decoration Day, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery after the Civil War, the bishop said the day means so much more than that.

“It is grounded in a conviction of faith,” he said. “Our remembering today is not only about placing flowers, as important as that it is; it is also about bringing the memory of those we remember to prayer. As we celebrate this Eucharist, we are mindful that Jesus’ death was followed by the resurrection.”

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