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Chaplains on D-Day

Today is the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.  A week or so ago a few of the Schroeders re-watched The Longest Day and one of my favorite scenes is in the video selection above from the movie at around the 3:50 mark.  One of the English paratroopers is an Anglican priest, wearing his collar and he landed in the water. And he is dunking into the water and then coming up. A fellow soldier comes up to  him and asks him what he is doing.  He was trying to find his communion set!  The fellow soldier seems to think he’s daft but helps him.  I don’t know if this happened or not.  Yet, it teaches and reminds me of a couple of things:

  1.  The importance of military chaplains serving in war and peace.  In Arlington National Cemetery, there is a section just for chaplains, many of whom died in war.  I assume they went in with the troops on Normandy.

  2. But the scene above seems nuts to us as well:  in the middle of an invasion, the ‘padre’ trying to find his communion set.  Not to me, as a Pastor.  He was called by the Lord to preach, teach and administer the Sacraments.  A communion set is to help a Pastor to give the Lord’s Body and Blood to those who a sick and tired, sick and dying, and afraid in the middle of a war.  ‘Spirituality’ is not a disembodied entity.  True Christian spirituality is,”This is My Body given for you” and “This is My blood shed for you”and so serving our neighbor in body and soul and the “and” is a connective. 

Keep in your prayers military Chaplains on this D-Day and as you are reminded of those in service to the Lord in our nation at other times.

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