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Patriot Day is observed every September 11 to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States. To help clergy and pastoral ministers prepare for this anniversary, the Secretariat of Divine Worship offers a few considerations on how best to observe Patriot Day within the context of the Liturgy.
September 11 usually occurs on a weekday in the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time. One of the Masses for Various Needs and Occasions could be used on this day (see General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 377). Several formularies would be fitting for the occasion: the Mass for Peace and Justice (with white vestments) or the Mass in Time of War or Civil Disturbance (with purple vestments). In some circumstances, a Mass for the Dead might be appropriate as a memorial Mass for the victims of the terrorist attacks, especially at churches and oratories with particular ties to individuals who died that day or are closest to the sites of the attacks (New York, NY, Arlington, VA, and Shanksville, PA).
The assigned Lectionary readings are from the current weekday (no. 439), though readings from volume IV of the Lectionary for Mass: Masses for Various Needs and Occasions may also be used.
These may be included among the intercessions at Masses on September 11:
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