Commemorating Thurgood Marshall

In 2006, the Diocese of Washington asked the General Convention to include Thurgood Marshall in the book of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. The request was referred to a church commission, and will be reconsidered at the 2009 Convention

But those who support Marshall’s cause can hold a Eucharist in his honor next month, perhaps on May 17, the date that the diocese proposes establishing as his feast. (and the anniversary of his victory in the landmark school desergregation case, Brown. v. Board of Education.

For background on the diocese’s effort read these two stories from the Washington Window.

The resolution recommending Marshall’s inclusion that was passed by the Convention of the Diocese of Washington, and a biography put together by St. Augustine’s, Marshall home parish in Washington, D. C. are also available.

To find the propers of the day, and suggestions for hymns, click on read more.

Liturgical resources for the feast of Thurgood Marshall, May 17

Propers suggested by the Diocese of Washington. Music suggested by students at Seabury-Western Seminary and St. Augustine’s Church, Washington, D. C.


Eternal and Ever-Gracious God, you blessed your servant Thurgood with special gifts of grace and courage to understand and speak the truth as it has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ. Grant that by his example we may also know you and seek to realize that we are all your children, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, whom you sent to teach us to love one another; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Suggested scripture readings

Amos 5:10-15, 21-24

Psalm 34:15-22

I Corinthians 13:1-13

Matthew 23:1-11

Suggested Music

Song of Praise

Christ Has Arisen from Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS) 41


Zimbabwe Alleluia

Offertory Hymn

How Great Thou Art LEVAS 60

Memorial Acclamation Sung to the tune of We Shall Overcome:

Jesus Christ has died.

Jesus Christ is risen.

Jesus Christ will come again.

Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,

Jesus Christ will come again.

Communion Hymn

Just As I Am LEVAS 137

Processional Hymn (and Marshall’s personal favorite)

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  1. Ron

    The Diocese of Maryland is sharing in the lifting up of the life and ministry of Justice Thurgood Marshall. He was baptized at St. Mary the Virgin, confirmed at St. Katherine of Alexandria, and active in youth activities at St. James, Lafayette Square, all in Baltimore, Diocese of Maryland. This URL will take you to the diocesan calendar where you can link to the May 16 & 17 events in Baltimore:

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  2. Ron

    I will be happy to sign my name to the previous comment about Thurgood Marshall observances in Baltimore.

    Ron Miller

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