All the Saints of God, Pray for Us

What a vision to behold…to imagine…the Saints, the holy ones of heaven! And today, that is exactly what the liturgy concentrates on; To recall the great gift we have in the many luminous examples of the Christian Life that have gone before us to share in the heavenly reward with Christ. It is often argued, no one knows for sure who is in heaven and who is not. In her wisdom, the Church has put forth good examples from every walk of life of holy men and women, so to inspire the faithful towards holiness.

I mention only a few who have been beacons of light in my life.

Blessed Chiara ‘Luce’ Badano, pray for us

Deep union with the Lord in her suffering.

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Blessed Margaret of Castello, pray for us

Loving her parents who didn’t want her.

I propose her to be patroness of the unborn.

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St Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us

Gave her life for the birth of her child. I propose her to be patroness of expectant mothers.

St Josephine Bakhita, pray for us

Canossian Daughter of Charity known for forgiveness.

When we are persecuted, let us learn forgiveness.

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St Magdalene of Canossa, pray for us

Foundress of the Canossian Daughters of Charity, Servant of the Poor

Let us learn from her zeal for our Lord in His passion.

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St Augustine of Hippo

Patron of those struggling with vices.

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The list could go on forever…St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, St Paul of the Cross, St Francis Xavier, St Dominic, St Catherine, St Francis, St Clare, …

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place. May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

May all the Saints of heaven, pray for us. Omnium Sanctorum, Orate pro nobis.

If you have a favorite saint, why not add it in the comments. Let us honor them today. Here are some suggestions from the comments:

Assorted Joys added:

St Maximilian Kolbe, Pray for Us!
St Anthony of Padua, Pray for Us!
St Jude, Pray for Us!

Greg added:

St Pio of Petricina, Pray for Us!
St Therese of the Child Jesus, Pray for Us!
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati, Pray for Us!

Ellen added:

St Thomas More, Pray for Us!
St Philip Howard, Pray for Us!
St Edmund Campion, Pray for Us!
Ven Elizabeth Lesseur, Pray for Us!
Ven Pierre Toussaint, Pray for Us!

EricaTwitts added:

St Bernadette Soubirous, Pray for Us!

Sylvie adds:

St Brother André, Pray for Us!

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More ways of honoring the Saints:

Gardenia shares a way of honoring the Saints, making stained glass candles at My Little Flower.

Charlotte made a St Bakhita costume for her daughter at Waltzing Matilda.

The Anchoress shares some beautiful pictures of Saint statues from St Peter’s Basilica – Rome, and the difficult reality of the Christian Life – Syrian Catholics killed yesterday in Baghdad during Mass.

Colleen Hammond reminds us of how our prayers during the month of November can obtain indulgences for the faithful departed souls (November 2nd is the Feast of All Souls).

If you’re interested in knowing where to add your favorite Saint in the Litany of Saints, Adoremus has a post on that.

13 thoughts on “All the Saints of God, Pray for Us

  1. St. Maximilian Kolbe – who gave his own life to save the life of another man in Auschwitz. In the starvation cell, he celebrated Mass daily and was the last survivor of the group sentenced to starve to death. Amazing example of sacrifice in our time.

    St. Anthony – because we all lose things sometimes and praying for his intercession has come in handy more than once.

    St. Jude – because my husband was a frustrating child and after hearing the stories of his mother forcing him to hold the St. Jude prayer card and say the prayer with her because he was a hopeless cause, well I just can’t help but a) laugh and b) think that I owe St. Jude a bit for making my husband the wonderful man he is today. :)

  2. St. Pio, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati… all three radiate joy and happiness and prove to us, in one way or another, that joy and happiness are not irreconcilable with the Cross and are, in fact, inseparable from it.

  3. Saint Thomas More – loving father and husband, and a distinguished man of letters and statesman, who chose God before all else and paid the ultimate price.

    Saint Philip Howard – Earl of Aurundel who was converted by hearing St. Edmund Campion dispute with Anglicans for the amusement of Queen Elizabeth’s Court. Both Campion and Howard died for their faith.

    The Venerable Elizabeth Lesseur – lived with and loved her atheist husband, and prayed for him every day. Her good example and her diary opened his eyes to the reality and love of God and he became a priest after she died.

    The Venerable Pierre Toussaint – born a slave in Haiti, when he came to New York, he became a one man charity institute. He was much in demand as a hairdresser (and they had really Big Hair back then), he used his earning to help the poor.

    • Thanks, Ellen! More beautiful examples of the Christian Life!
      St Thomas More, Pray for Us!
      St Philip Howard, Pray for Us!
      St Edmund Campion, Pray for Us!
      Ven Elizabeth Lesseur, Pray for Us!
      Ven Pierre Toussaint, Pray for Us!

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