Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wedding - Litany of Saints

After the entrance procession, a Catholic wedding mass is pretty much the same as a normal Sunday mass, except there's no penitential rite.

We get to pick the readings for the mass, and I am not sure if we can pick something from anywhere in the Bible, or if we have to pick from the list of suggested readings. The rules say that at least one of the readings must mention marriage.

The marriage rite officially begins after the homily. The new edition of the Rite of Marriage, which the United States Bishops approved in 2013, gives people the option of starting with a Litany of Saints. Katie and I are definitely going to take this brand new option. I made up a list of seventy or so saints, which Katie and I worked down.

We don't know if the list will be said out loud, or if it will be sung. The ones in brackets are ones we're willing to remove from the list, if needed.


  • Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
  • Mary, Queen of All Hearts, pray for us
  • Mary, Queen of Apostles,
  • Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary,
  • [The Holy Family,]
  • Saint Michael and all angels,
  • Saints Peter and Paul,
  • Holy Apostles,
  • Saint Matthew and the Evangelists,


  • Catherine of Alexandria
  • Blaise, Christopher and George
  • Saint Stephen and all martyrs
Priests and Bishops
  • [Padre Pio]
  • [John Bosco]
  • John Vianney
  • Louis Marie de Monfort
  • Blessed John Henry Newman
  • Francis of Sales and all Bishops

Women Religious

  • Catherine Laboure
  • [Claire of Assisi]
  • Faustina Kowalska
  • Kateri Tekakwitha
  • Katharine Drexel

  • [Bonaventure and Francis of Assisi]
  • [John of the Cross]
  • [Vincent de Paul]
Doctors of the Church

  • Bernard of Clairvaux
  • [Robert Bellarmine]
  • Augustine [and Monica]
  • Therese of Liseux
  • Thomas Aquinas and all doctors,
Married Saints

  • Anne and Joachim
  • Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin
  • Isidore and Maria (Isidro y Maria)
  • St. Jane Chantal
  • Saints Thomas More and Philip Howard
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • St. Juan Diego
  • St. Louis IX
  • St. Rita of Cascia

Someone has suggested is vaguely tongue-in-cheek to select Saint John Vianney, who was kicked out of the seminary during a priest shortage, like I was. Also, Katie works for the IRS, which is why Saint Matthew the Tax Collector is the only evangelist who is mentioned by name.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love your litany of saints! Those are my favorite part of baptisms and all saints day.