Consecration Mass: The 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, she was 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. She was 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); He was a Dutch priest that cared for a leper colony in Hawaii until his own death.

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

St. Junipero Serra (1713-1784); He was a Spanish missionary of the U.S. Southwest and is the Patron of the Serra Club which fosters and supports vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life.

Blessed Miguel Pro (1891-1927); He was a Mexican priest that defied Fascist anti-Catholic laws. He is a famous martyr during the Cristero War to protect religious freedom.

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

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

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

St. Terese of Lisieux/the Child Jesus (1873-1897); Nicknamed “Little Flower”, she was a 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 the “Doctor of the Church”.

St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942); Born “Edith Stein”, she was a philosopher, convert from Judaism, and willing martyr of Holocaust.

Blessed Anton Gaudí (1852-1926); In 2003 he was named the “Servant of God”; He was the architect of Holy Family Basilica in Barcelona and lived a self-held vow of poverty at end of life.

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

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

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

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

St. Albert the Great (1200-1280); He was a German Dominican, bishop, and teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas, he was given the title of “Doctor of the Church”.

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

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

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997); She was and Albanian-Indian nun who served “poorest of the poor” in India.

St. Pope John XXIII (1881-1963); Born the son of an Italian sharecropper, he called the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) with his feast day as the 1st day the council took place.