On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane will celebrate Mass at Sarasota National Cemetery. The purpose of the event is to recognize the sacrifices of those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, to honor them, and to pray for the repose of their eternal souls – as well as for the intentions of the living.
With the concurrence and support of the Director of the National Cemetery, with the assistance of the Diocesan Staff, and with the leadership of Host Assemblies in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, the Knights are again organizing this year’s institutionalized event – now in its ninth year.
In past years, numerous Civic Leaders have attended, as well as State Council Officers. Upwards of 60 Color Corps members will participate, as well as 30 to 50 clergy, who will concelebrate Mass with Bishop Dewane. Lectors and Bearers of Gifts will be chosen, based on their practical Catholicity and honorable military service. The Cantor and Musician have been conscripted from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, under whose geographic purview the Cemetery falls. The Military (active and veteran) are, of course, the focus of the Mass and Ceremonials – as evidenced by their distinctively identified attendance. Last year, approximately 2,000 worshipers attended.
Prior to Mass, hymns will be sung by a vocalist from the Tampa and St. Petersburg Opera Companies, an oversized floral wreath will be dedicated, and a K of C Color Guard will present, post and retire the national and papal colors - accompanied by the singing of our national anthem during the presentation.
The event will be held in the Amphitheater, located in Patriot Plaza of the National Cemetery, beginning at 2:30 PM, with Mass starting promptly at 3:00 PM.
Pursuant to Mass, the Bishop will lead the clergy, the military, the Knights and all worshipers in prayer and hymns at the gravesite opposite the front entrance to the Amphitheater. A Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, a dog-tag laden White Cross, a Field Mass Kit, an array of Military Service Flags, and a configuration of K of C Banners will serve to visually background the Faithful in prayer.
At the conclusion of prayer, a Color Corps member will honor our Veterans with a rendition of TAPS.
All Knights, their families and friends are invited. Participation will affirm not only our patriotism, but also our firm belief that God is our ultimate destiny. Our unified prayers will emphasize our desire to remain One Nation Under God.
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