Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Benediction

The following is the benediction I will be giving at the War Memorial on the Franklin Town Common on Monday May 26th at the end of the Memorial Day Parade and the ceremony held at the Town Memorial to all the veterans of all the Wars to keep our country free.

Franklin World War I memorial - May 2009
Franklin World War I memorial - May 2009

O Eternal Father in heaven, God of Mercy and love, we beg you to protect our loved ones who are fighting in defense of our country which we love so much. 
Stretch out your protecting arm over all our men and women serving our great nation. 
We implore you to have welcomed all who gave of the ultimate sacrifice into your heavenly presence. 
Give our military now serving the courage to face the enemy that threatens the safety and well being of ALL your children around the globe, help them to overcome the powers of darkness that cause so much world strife. 
O creator of all things, we beseech you to watch over the souls and bodies of all who are exposed to the horrors of war and the spiritual dangers that accompany it. Bless them and take care of them. 
When they are lonely, let them know that you are near them. 
If they are tired, give them strength. If they are wounded, give them comfort. 
Bless them with faith and trust in you and bring them back to their family and friends who love them so dearly. 
May you hasten the day when all your children will know a time of peace and brotherhood toward all. 

Pax et Bonum
Peace and All God's Goodness be with you

Rev. Fr. Bob Johnnene OFD

Mission Saints Sergius and Bacchus
Divine Mercy Old Catholic Parish

Independent Catholic Church of the Americas

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