This week, I will begin my annual retreat, and though I don’t plan to post here during my retreat, I will be praying for you and your intentions.
Several years ago, a wonderful retreat director suggested that I entrust each day of my retreat to a special patron, which I have done ever since making that retreat. Recently, one of our chaplains encouraged us to create our own Litany of the Saints, in which we pray to the saints with whom we have a special relationship, asking for their intercession in our daily lives. My daily Litany of Saints continues to grow…it includes apostles, contemplatives, mystics, martyrs, writers…. May of the saints I pray to were writers, or artists, or promoters of beauty and truth. For each retreat, I usually pick a “fun” thing to do: something that I can do that won’t break up my recollection, but gives me something concrete to work on or play with when I get restless. I think that this year, I will put together a personal e-prayerbook, which will include a full-length personal Litany.
If you have been to an Easter Vigil with a Baptism, or a religious profession, you have heard the Church’s litany to the saints, sung or recited. For each occasion, the litany of the saints is adapted to include the new names of the baptized or those professing vows. But what a wonderful idea for each of us to create our own litany to the saints—perhaps with a more personal response than “pray for us”, unique for each saint!
Litanies to the saints can be wonderfully adapted for all sorts of intentions. For example, our Founder Blessed James Alberione gave us a beautiful “Litany for the Formation of Promoters of Social Communications,” which one of our sisters updated. Our Church is blessed with so many wonderful models, heroes, and intercessors that we could create litanies invoking the saints for all kinds of special intentions: for families, to create a more equitable world, to promote the dignity of human life, to save and heal the environment, etc.
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I won’t be posting for the next two weeks, but if you would like me to remember your specific intentions in my prayers during retreat, please post them below or send them to me in a private email-by July 11, 2018! I would be honored to pray for you.
If you are interested, here are the saints Blessed James Alberione included in his “Litany for the Formation of Promoters of Social Communication.” I will update the litany and post a downloadable version for communicators, writers, and artists soon!
Mother of Christ and our Mother, pray for us
Mother of divine grace, pray for us
Mother of good counsel, pray for us
Queen of the Apostles, pray for us
Seat of Wisdom, pray for us
Saintly Moses, pray for us
Saintly David, pray for us
Saintly Isaiah pray for us
All holy Prophets pray for us
St. Mark, pray for us
St Matthew, pray for us
St. Luke, pray for us
St. John, pray for us
St. Paul, pray for us
St. Peter, pray for us
St. James, pray for us
St. Thaddeus, pray for us
All holy Apostles and Evangelists, pray for us
All holy apostolic Fathers, pray for us
St. Athanasius, pray for us
St. Basil, pray for us
St. Jerome, pray for us
St Ambrose, pray for us
St. Augustine, pray for us
St. John Chrysostom, pray for us
St. Gregory the Great, pray for us
All holy Fathers, pray for us
St. Bernard, pray for us
St. Albert, pray for us
St. Thomas, pray for us
St. John of the Cross, pray for us
St. Francis de Sales, pray for us
St. Alphonsus pray for us
All holy Doctors, pray for us
St Teresa, pray for us
St. Catherine, pray for us
All holy men and women
saints of God, intercede for us.