Growing up, I had a tradition called the litany of “aint’s”…
I ain’t eating brussel sprouts…I ain’t making my bed…I ain’t taking out the trash…I ain’t gonna stop teasing my younger brothers…you get the idea. To which all of this, my frustrated parents would reply – “Pray for us.” Then Dad would take of his belt and spank me.
Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints Day. Two very high honors being celebrated today. The first is a Solemnity. A what you ask? Here is the definition…
The highest liturgical rank of a feast in the ecclesiastical calendar. Besides the movable feasts such as Easter and Pentecost, fourteen solemnities are celebrated in the universal Church, namely: Motherhood of God (January 1), Epiphany (January 6), St. Joseph (March 19), Annunciation (March 25), Trinity Sunday (first after Pentecost), Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday), Sacred Heart (Friday after the second Sunday after Pentecost), St. John the Baptist (June 24), Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29), Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (August 15), All Saints (November 1), Christ the King (Last Sunday of the ecclesiastical year), Immaculate Conception (December 8), and Christmas (December 25). (Etym. Latin sollemnis, stated, established, appointed.)
The second is the honoring of those who have been canonized by a Pope. Canonized you ask? One more definition…
Declaration by the Pope that a deceased person is raised to the full honors of the altar, i.e., a saint after previously having been beatified. Two miracles credited to the beatus (feminine: beata) are usually required before canonization to attest the heroic virtue of the saint. Beatification allows veneration of the blessed, canonization requires it. The canonization is celebrated at St. Peter’s and is usually followed by a solemn triduum in another church in the city or elsewhere within a limited time. (Etym. Latin canonizare, to canonize; from canon, catalogue of saints.)
Simply put, Saints are people who overcame their litany of “aint’s” to become hero’s or heroines of the Church. They are real people who we can emulate, venerate (not worship – worship is strictly for the Trinity and the Trinity alone), ask for intercession, ask for guidance. So in honor of them today, I offer this simply litany of saints. These are the saint’s who I’ve modeled my life after and they are the saint’s that I use in my Rosary – The Apostolic Mysteries; the fourth mystery – The Communions of Saints.
St. Cecilia…pray for us.
St. Blaise…pray for us.
St. Thomas the Apostle…pray for us.
St. Mary Magdalen…pray for us.
St. Jerome…pray for us.
St. Francis of Assisi…pray for us.
St. Stephen…pray for us.
Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael…pray for us.
St. Joseph…pray for us.
St. Mary…pray for us.
All you holy men and women pray for us.
Do something great for our Lord today…get rid of your “aint’s” and strive to be Saints. Get to Mass today. And for those of us who still abstain from meat today – it gets even better. Because it is a solemnity and a holy day in Mother Church – abstaining is frowned upon on a day of Solemnity. Enjoy yourself today.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid, just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
But you, man of God, pursue righteousness,
devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
One last note – every saint ever canonized followed those 5 mantra’s above. Not only did they follow them, I believe they perfected them making their robes white in the blood of the Lamb.