Mary and the Flag

When Memorial Day coincides with the Feast of the Visitation, how does your parish handle the confluence? Two blended feasts? Two observances coexisting side-by-side? Ignore one completely? What do you think the future of such holidays should hold for us–not just Americans, but in other countries with other national observances?

Meanwhile, Saint Paul struck me again with a lyrical exhortation to the Romans, including:

… anticipate one another in showing honor …

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Mary and the Flag

  1. At mass we heard a little about both, in a most helpful way. That and a few other reads caused me to write about it. I do think that the confluence matters.

  2. Our only Mass today was at the parish cemetery, al fresco. We used the readings for feast of the Visitation and the prayers from one of the Masses for the dead. In my homily I spoke of Elizabeth’s words, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” After noting the meaning in its original context, I spoke about trusting in the Lord’s word to us that one day we would be with him in his Father’s house.

  3. Jimmy Mac says:

    We display neither Papal nor US flag in our church building – as it should be.

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