MEMORIAL DAY Lectionary #887–891

This day of remembrance was instituted in 1868 to honor soldiers who died in the Civil War, but it is now a day to remember all of the nation's war dead. While honoring those who fought to defend our national values, it might also be good to pray for all who died in wars, particularly the victims caught between opposing armies. On this day, many parishes will want to sing a patriotic song, but it might be best to include one that contains petitions for the nation as well as prayers for peace and justice. Since Memorial Day falls during the Easter Season this year, texts for the day must be used for regular parish celebrations. But the suggested Lectionary texts—including these psalms—and appropriate hymns and songs may be used for a community observance.

Suggested Psalm: Ps (71) 72 or (84) 85

Ps 71 (72): Se Postrarán ante Ti, Señor (Grajeda) FYC 218
Ps 71 (72): Se Postrarán ante Ti/Every Nation upon the Earth (Cortez) FYC 219
Ps (71) 72: Every Nation on Earth (Joncas), refrain II GC 72/GC2 46/RS 102
Ps (71) 72: Justice Shall Flourish (Guimont) RS 101
Ps (71) 72: Justice Will Flourish in His Time (Dohms) WC 413
Ps (71) 72: Every Nation on Earth (Tate) WC 412
Ps (71) 72: Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Cooney) GP 220
Ps (71) 72: Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Reagan) CH 112
Ps 84 (85): Muéstranos, Señor (Rubalcava) Cantos 68
Ps 84 (85): Muéstranos, Señor (Sosa) FYC 226
Ps 84 (85): Muéstranos, Señor/Show Us, O Lord (Cortez) FYC 225
Ps 84 (85): Muéstranos, Señor, Tu Misericordia (Taulé) FYC 227
Ps (84) 85: Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Haugen) GC2 48
Ps (84) 85: Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Proulx), refrain II GC 80/RS 113

Songs for the Liturgy
All the Ends of the Earth JS 582
America the Beautiful CH 659/GC 890/GC2 872/GP 725/JS 517/RS 965/WC 1000/WOR 763
Anthem GC 690/GC2 681/JS 614
Bring Peace to Earth Again WC 925
Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race GC 739/GC2 729/RS 837
Dona Nobis Pacem CH 598/GC 730/GC2 724/GP 653/JS 348
For the Healing of the Nations GC 339/GC2 712/JS 472/RS 823/WC 926/WOR 643
Great Is Thy Faithfulness LMGM 242
I Will Not Die JS 552
I've Got Peace Like a River JS 762
In Christ There Is No East or West CH 650/GC 738/GC2 726/GP 565/JS 443/LMGM 301/WC 761/WOR 659
Jesus, Shepherd of Our Souls GC 725/WOR 649
Let Justice Roll Like a River GC 716/GC2 709
Let There Be Peace on Earth GC 731/GC2 723/GP 655/JS 565/LMGM 300/RS 831/WC 857
Lord of Nations, God Eternal WC 996
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace GC 726/GC2 721/GP 650/JS 759/RS 830/WC 860
Make Our Lives a Prayer of Peace GP 654
O Day of Peace WOR 654
O God, Empower Us WOR 642
O God of Love, O King of Peace CH 599/RS 833/WC 858/WOR 652
Oración de San Francisco GP 651/JS 760
Peace for Our Times WC 865
Send Us As Your Blessing, Lord JS 671
This Is My Song RS 964/WC 1001
Voices That Challenge GC 721/GC2 702