MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., DAY (Lectionary #882)

This is a national day to remember fallen heroes and to recommit to the promise of justice and peace rooted in the Gospel, which goes far beyond anything that our nation can promise. This national observance falls on a weekday in Ordinary Time, so it would normally be possible to use some special Mass texts where parishes and communities want to focus on the meaning of the day. However, in 2011 the observance falls on the Memorial of St. Anthony, Abbot, which takes precedence for normal parish celebrations. If, however, there is a community observance, you might draw on the following suggestions for prayers, readings, and songs.

Suggested prayer texts:
Sacramentary, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions #21, for the Progress of Peoples or
#22, for Peace and Justice. Preface #P83, Independence Day and Other Civic Observances II.

Suggested readings:
Lectionary #882-886: For the Country or a City or for Those in Public Office or . . . for the Progress of Peoples

Esther C:1-4, 8-10 (#882-6): The “Prayer of Mordecai” affirms faith in God and in God's protection of the holy people but still asks for God to work to correct injustice.

Psalm (84) 85 (#884-3)
In the center of this national lament and prayer for reconciliation come the verses used in Lectionary #884.3, a prophetic promise that God will bring reconciliation and peace. The assigned refrain is: “The Lord speaks of peace to his people,” but these settings also contain the verses assigned in the Lectionary.

Come, O Lord/Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Balhoff et al.)  GC 80/GP 224/RS 114
Let Us See Your Kindness (MacAller)  GP 225
Lord, Let Me See Your Kindness (Young)  JS 783
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (French)  PMB 156, 558, 684, 696
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Guimont)  GC2 951
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Haugen)  GC 79/GC2 48/LMGM 502/RS 112
Lord, Show Us Your Mercy (Roff)  PMB 765
Lord, Show Us Your Mercy/Let Us See (Bogdan) WC 415
Muéstranos, Señor (Sosa)  FYC 226
Muéstranos, Señor (Rubalcava)  Cantos (WLP) 68
Muéstranos, Señor/Show Us, O Lord (Cortez)  FYC 225
Muéstranos, Señor, Tu Misericordia (Taulé)  FYC 228
The Lord Speaks of Peace (Kasbohm)  PMB 763
The Lord Speaks of Peace (Proulx)  RS 113, antiphon II

Colossians 3:9b-17 (#883-7): Christ overcomes all divisions, but we must put on Christ's way of life in order to make that victory incarnate in our time.

John 15:9-12 (#886-12): This is my commandment: Love one another.

Hymns of Justice

Abundant Life (Duck) GC 710/GC2 703/RS 636
Bring Forth the Kingdom (Haugen) GC 658/GC2 640/RS 772
Christ, Be Our Light (Farrell) GC2 512/GP 656/WC 924
For the Healing of the Nations (Kaan) GC 719/GC2 712/JS 472/PMB 505/RS 823/WC 926/WOR 643
Freedom Is Coming GC2 707/RS 821/WC 930
God of Day and God of Darkness (Haugen) GC 761/GC2 750/RS 826WC 592
God of the Hungry GP 560/JS 459
How Can I Keep from Singing  GC 603/GC2 598/GP 616/JS 367/PMB 439/RS 733/WC 828
How Long, O Lord (Schutte) GP 353
How Long, O Lord, How Long (Stuempfle) RS 829
I Will Not Die (Conry) GC 657/GP 716/JS 552/RS 771
If You Believe and I Believe GC 722/GC2 708/RS 825/WC 730
Justice Shall Flourish (Marchionda) PMB 504/WC 912
Keep the Dream Alive (Manuel) LMGM 295
Let Justice Roll Like a River (Haugen) GC 716/GC2 709
Lift Every Voice and Sing GP 561/LMGM 291/PMB 487/WC 909/WOR 641
Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace CH 612/GC 634/GC2 602/RS 751/WC 764/WOR 602
Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Bayly/Beach Spring) GP 557/PMB 508/RS 793/WC 933
Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Bayly/Holy Manna) JS 462
Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Bayly/In Babilone) CH 606/GC2 668
Make Us True Servants (Wente) PMB 501/WC 923
O Holy City Seen of John CH 620/GC2 757
Oh, Freedom LMGM 298
On Holy Ground (Peña) GC 712/GC2 715
Psalm 34: The Cry of the Poor (Foley) GC 48/GC2 33/GP 203/JS 635/RS 69
Psalm 72: Justice Will Flourish (Dohms)  PMB 154/WC 413
Said Judas to Mary (Carter) WOR 644
Send Down the Fire (Haugen) GC 466/GC2 477
The Church of Christ in Every Age (Green) CH 613/GC2 665/JS 774/RS 803/WC 930/WOR 626
The Harvest of Justice (Haas) GC 711/GC2 716
We Are Called (Haas) GC 718/GC2 710/RS 820/WC 778
We Shall Not Be Silent (Conry) GP 559/JS 665
We Shall Overcome GC2 711/GP 556/JS 767/LMGM 297
We’ve Come a Long Way, Lord LMGM 294
What Does the Lord Require (Bayly/Routley) RS 785/WOR 624
Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch) CH 609/GC2 656/GP 558/JS 613/WC 934
You Are the Light of the World (Tate) WC 929