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 the Memorial of St. Agnes this year, which has its own proper readings and prayers, and during the Octave for Christian Unity. This year, therefore, the following suggestions might be useful in planning a special interfaith or ecumenical service honoring Dr. King.

Suggested prayer texts:

Roman Missal, Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions #29, For the Progress of Peoples or #30, For the Preservation of Peace and Justice.
Preface for Independence Day II (see July 4 in the missal).

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 (Modlin) SPS 76
Lord, Show Us Your Mercy (Roff)  PMB 765
Lord Show Us Your Mercy (Whitaker) SPS 77
Lord, Show Us Your Mercy/Let Us See (Bogdan) WC 451
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 962/MI-BB 606/WS 803/SPS 207
For the Healing of the Nations (Kaan) GC 719/GC2 712/PMB 505/WC 960/WOR 643/WS 798
Freedom Is Coming GC2 707/RS 821
Go, Make A Difference SPS 213
God of Day and God of Darkness (Haugen) GC 761/GC2 750/RS 826/WC 632/BB 632/WS 544
God of the Hungry GP 560/JS 459/BB 634
How Can I Keep from Singing  GC 603/GC2 598/GP 616/JS 367/PMB 439/RS 733/WC 866/MI-BB 441/WS 727/SPS 216
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
Justice Shall Flourish (Marchionda) PMB 504
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 947/WOR 641
Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace CH 612/GC 634/GC2 602/RS 751/WC 805/WOR 602
Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Bayly/Beach Spring) GP 557/PMB 508/RS 793/WC 968/BB 628/WC 802
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 961
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/MI-BB 627
Psalm 72: Justice Will Flourish (Dohms)  PMB 154/WC 448
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 965/WOR 626
The Cry of the Poor GC 48/GC2 33/GP 203/JS 847/RS 69/BB 627/SPS 340
The Harvest of Justice (Haas) GC 711/GC2 716
We Are Called (Haas) GC 718/GC2 710/RS 820/WC 817/BB 630/WC 689
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 969/BB 629/WS 800
You Are the Light SPS 369
You Are the Light of the World (Tate) WC 964