Dad’s Funeral – Our Lady of Angels Cemetery

My father, Francis J. Danko, was buried in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery where several other members of my family are buried.  The funeral procession was met by a military honor guard who played “Taps”, folded the flag that covered my father’s casket, and presented the flag to my stepmother.  Father Anthony Gulley led the prayers at the gravesite.  One of the prayers he led, fittingly, was the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

 The Funeral Procession

The Funeral Procession

SOURCE:  The Funeral Procession (Albany, Albany County, New York); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 January 2012.

Taps

Taps

SOURCE:  Taps (Albany, Albany County, New York); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 January 2012.

Folding the Flag

Folding the Flag

SOURCE:  Folding the Flag (Albany, Albany County, New York); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 January 2012.

Presenting the Flag to the Widow

Presenting the Flag to the Widow

SOURCE:  Presenting the Flag to the Widow (Albany, Albany County, New York); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 January 2012.

Copyright © 2012 by Stephen J. Danko

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