Friday, May 15, 2009

Memorial Ceremonies

We've had memorial ceremonies for the last two days in the chapel nearest where I work.

I've sat near the back each time (I am a Catholic, after all, right?).

This has meant that I've been right near the back door on the side of the building next to which the firing party has stationed itself. At the end of the final roll call, after the name of the fallen comrade has met with silence, three times, the twenty-one gun salute is fired into the silence.

The sound of the seven rifles firing in unison is very loud through that open door immediately to my left....

Requiescant in pace. Amen.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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