Consecration Mass: Litany of Saints

The Litany Of Saints will be sung. It is far more common than people tend to think. We invoke the prayerful intercession of the saints before God when we pray for one about to be Baptized or receive Holy Orders. The saints are invoked, too, during last rites. The litany is a prayer request like anything else. Although not an explicit part of the following liturgies, the Litany Of Saints can be used at Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, or other special occasions since the litany is petition just like we do on any other Sunday; this one just includes saints names and some music. In addition to the traditional list of names used during the Litany Of Saints, the following will be used, too. Accompanying the names is a short description so that you become a little familiar with them.

St. Kateri Tekawitha (1656-1680); an Algonquin-Mohawk laywoman nicknamed “Lily of the Mohawks”. The Mohawk tribe persecuted her for her conversion. She took a vow of perpetual virginity. Known for her deep prayer life and love of the Eucharist; recognized as a living saint. Upon death, her smallpox-scarred face appeared radiant and cured.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821); the 1st native-born U.S. saint.  A wealthy widow and convert who established the 1st Catholic girls’ school in the U.S. and founded the Sisters of Charity

St. Damien DeVeuster of Molokai (1840-1889); a Dutch priest that cared for a leper colony in Hawaii until his own death.

St. Rose Philipinne Duchesne (1769-1852); a French educator spent half of her life in the Midwest.

St. Junipero Serra (1713-1784); a Spanish missionary of the U.S. South West. Patron of the Serra Club with fosters and supports vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life.

Blessed Miguel Pro (1891-1927); a Mexican priest that defined Fascist anti-Catholic laws. Famous martyr during the Cristero War to protect religious freedom.

St. John Neumann (1801-1890); an Anglican convert of the Oxford Movement who became a Catholic cardinal. Patron for many Catholic college ministries.

St. John de Brebeuf & Companion (1593-1649); Jesuit linguist and missionary to the Hurons; Martyred by the Iroquois.

St. Peregrine (1260-1345); the patron of cancer sufferers.

St. Terese of the Child Jesus (1873-1897); “Little Flower”; French nun whose “little way” of offering the most subtle acts of love and suffering for Jesus has inspired generations and the Church to declare her Doctor of the Church.

St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942); aka Edith Stein; a philosopher, Jewish convert, and willing martyr of Holocaust.

Blessed Anton Gaudí (1852-1926); 2003 “Servant of God”; architect of Holy Family Basilica in Barcelona, lived self-vowed poverty at end of life.

St. Boniface (675-754); a Wessex missionary, “Apostle to the Germans”, archbishop, martyred w/ 52 others.

St. Patrick (? – 493); a Welch missionary to Hibernia (modern-day Ireland).

St. Francis of Assisi (1881-1226); St. Francis lived a life of extreme poverty; received stigmata; popularized the Nativity Scene.

St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660); a French priest who cared for the poor.

St. Albert the Great (1200-1280); a German Dominican, bishop, teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church.

St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938); a Polish nun who had visitations by Jesus; popularized the Divine Mercy image.

St. Pope John Paul II (1920-2005); the 2nd longest reigning pope (27 years) and assisted in fall of Communism.  Pope John Paul II was an extensive writer who wrote what is now called “Theology Of The Body”; sometimes called “the Great”.

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997); an Albanian-Indian nun, Mother Teresa served the “poorest of the poor” in India.

St. Pope John XXIII (1881-1963); the son of an Italian sharecropper, he called the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).  His feast day is the 1st day of the council.