Monday, November 26, 2007

Patron Saints 2008

On the first of January a new calendar year begins. On the first Sunday of Advent the new year of the Church begins. Therefore, the Saturday preceding the first Advent Sunday has something of the character of a New Year’s Eve. One of the old customs is to choose a patron saint for the new year of the Church.
[Maria Trapp]

2008 is going to be a year of great changes for many people. Some will get married, others will discover more fully the meaning of their religious or sacerdotal vows. Many people will face major life changes. Therefore, this year each recipient will recieve two patron saints who were spiritual companions, in keeping with St Thomas More's wise counsel about knowing a man by the company he keeps.

The drawing will take place at my Liturgical New Year Party Saturday night. Leave a note in the combox or drop me an email sanctalucia(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like me to pick patron saints for you.

82 comments:

Margaret Mary said...

Choose for me, please!

Matthew said...

Put me down for one. You always draw the best names!

Francesca Pio said...

Count me in.

Judy said...

Please choose for me, too.

Lirioroja said...

I'd like a patron saint for the year too.

Lucy said...

Judy:

Sts Charles Borromeo & Aloysius Gonzaga

Pray for seminarians

“We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.” [St Charles]

Lirioja:
Sts Margaret Mary & Claude Colombiere

Pray for an increase in devotion to the Sacred Heart

“Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.”

Mark said...

Is it too late now?

Lucy said...

Mark-

Absolutely not!

Your patrons for 2008 are:
Sts Augustine & Monica

Pray for an end to abortion

"For nothing will be impossible with God." [Lk 1, 37]

Julie D. said...

Ohhhh noooo ... I missed the drawing! Can I get in on it just a little late too?

J.G. Emerson said...

If possible, I'd like too as well! I came upon the site today via Holy Whapping; excellent blog!

Lucy said...

Julie D:
Sts Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, & Louis

Pray for orthodoxy of Catholic universities

"Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you." [Aquinas]

JG Emerson
Sts Benedict & Scholastica

Pray for vocations to the Benedictine religious life

"Girded with faith, and the performance of good works, let us follow Christ's path by the guidance of the Gospel; then we shall deserve to see Him 'who has taken us into His kingdom.'" [Rule of St Benedict]

Suzanna said...

Am I too late? I would like one chosen for me as well...

LauraB said...

I found you via "The Shrine of the Holy Whapping." Could you choose for me also? I'd love to make some new friends in heaven....

Mark said...

Thank you, Lucy!

Julie D. said...

Wow, three saints! Thanks Lucy!

Lucy said...

Suzanna:

Sts Joachim & Anne

Pray for the elderly

"But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." [2 Cor 12,9]

Laura B:
Sts Sixtus & Lawrence

Pray for bishops

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." [Jn 10,11]

J.G. Emerson said...

Wonderful; thank you.

LauraB said...

Thank you, thank you! Pope and Deacon, martyrs both. I'm very happy to pray for bishops.

Chris said...

Please draw for me if it's not to late. Thanks.

Quantitative Metathesis said...

May I jump in the drawing late, too? It's still the first week of Advent....

Lirioroja said...

Thank you so much! I believe this is the strongest hint yet of what God's been trying to tell me these past few months.

tibercrawl said...

If it's not too late..please choose for me! :o)

Lucy said...

Chris:
Sts Simon & Jude

Pray for those in desperate situations

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” [Mt 11, 28]

QM:
Sts Perpetua & Felicity

Pray for mothers

“Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all." [Pv 31, 29]

Tibercrawl:
Sts Joachim & Anne

Pray for the elderly

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness’."
[2 Cor 12, 9]

Marianne said...

Hello! I hope it'snot too late. PLEASE choose for me...I'm seriously in need of as much help in 2008 as I can get, so to be blessed with my own patron saints to guide me would be the best gift!!

Marianne said...

Hello! I hope it'snot too late. PLEASE choose for me...I'm seriously in need of as much help in 2008 as I can get, so to be blessed with my own patron saints to guide me would be the best gift!!

Troy said...

Hey I would like for you to choose me a patron saint for '08.

Lucy said...

Marianne:
Sts Francis & Clare

Pray for vocations to the Franciscan religious life

Jesus is happy to come with us, as truth is happy to be spoken, as life to be lived, as light to be lit, as love is to be loved, as joy to be given, as peace to be spread. [St Francis]

Troy:
Sts James & John

Pray for missionaries

"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." [Mk 1, 17]

Marianne said...

Hi Lucy,

Bless you heart!!

Marianne

Kaila said...

Could you please draw one for me?

Jen D said...

May I please have one as well?

I love your blog, by the way!

Gerard said...

Please may I be included. 2008 is to be my postulancy year!

Lucy said...

Kaila:
Sts Stanislaus Kostka & Peter Cansius

Pray for vocations to the Jesuit religious life

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.” [Mt 28, 19]

Jen D:
Sts Francis de Sales & Jane Frances de Chantal

Pray for Protestant conversions

“There is nothing which edifies others so much as charity and kindness, by which, as by the oil in our lamp, the flame of good example is kept alive.” [St Francis de Sales]

Gerard:
Sts Basil & Gregory Nazianzen

Pray for an end to the Great Schism

“But our great pursuit, the great name we wanted, was to be Christians, to be called Christians.”
[St Gregory Nazianzen]

will said...

Me too, please?

Kim said...

If not too late, then me too please!

Thank you!!

Candi said...

And me, please?

JT said...

Please choose for me - thank you!

Mary Poppins NOT said...

Me, too, please

mil said...

May I have one also. I would love to have someone specific to turn to.

Laura said...

Please choose for me, too! Thank you, and God bless!!

Kelly said...

If it is not too late I would love to be included. For me 2008 is the year I will finally come home to the Catholic Church. I know it would be a blessing to have you choose a saint for me.

Adoro te Devote said...

Is it too late? If not, please choose some Saints for me. Believe me...I need a LOT of help...

Web said...

I'll join the crowd -- choose for me too, please.

Lucy said...

Will:
Sts Ignatius & Francis Xavier

Pray for the Church in China

“I wish the university students would work as hard at converting these people as they do at their books, and so settle their account with God for their learning and the talents entrusted to them.”
[St Francis Xavier]

Kim:
Sts Cosmas & Damian

Pray for pharmacists’ & physicians’ right to conscience

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” [Mt 5, 10]

Candi:
Sts Vincent de Paul & Louise de Marillac

Pray for an increase in the virtue of charity

We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.
[St Vincent de Paul]

JT:
Sts Peregrine & Philip Benizi

Pray for cancer patients and their families

“My God, the closer I come to you, the more I need to humble myself in the dust.”
[St Philip Benizi]

Lucy said...

Mar Poppins:
Sts Philip Neri & Camillus

Pray for confessors

“A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than one that is cast down.” [St Philip Neri]

MIL:
Sts Teresa of Avila & John of the Cross

Pray for vocations to the Carmelite religious life

“There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world.” [St Teresa]

Laura:
Sts John & Paul

Pray for the propagation of the faith

“For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?” [Mk 8, 36]

Kelly:
Sts Phillip & James

Pray for an end to commercialism

Philip said to him, "Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us." [Jn 14, 8]

Adoro te devote:
Sts James & John

Pray for missionaries

"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." [Mk 1, 17]

Web:
Sts Paul & Barnabas

Pray for the success of the year of St Paul

“But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.” [2 Tim 4, 5]

Gerard said...

Many thanks & my prayers.

JMB said...

Can I have some, even though it's late? I'm a hopeless girl grad student, but I just found your blog! -JB

T.O. said...

Ditto what JMB said - did I miss the boat?

Lucy said...

JMB:
Sts Cunegunda & Henry

Pray for those in public office

“And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." [Mt 25, 40]

TO:
It's never to late to climb aboard the barque of Peter.

Sts John Bosco & Dominic Savio

Pray for parish priests

“He put up with their ignorance and roughness and even their infidelity. He treated sinners with a kindness and affection that caused some to be shocked, others to be scandalized and still others to hope for God's mercy. And so he bade us to be gentle and humble of heart.” [St John Bosco]

Karen said...

I'm a bit late, but I'd love one!

Stevie said...

I just heard about this. If it's not too late I'd love a Patron Saint for 2008! Thanks for doing this.

Elizabeth said...

Please, may I have a patron saint, too? Many thanks! Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

May I ask that you pick some for me too?

Pretty please? {no sugar on top, I'm a diabetic ;-)}

Iris Celeste

Renee said...

I'd like one, too, please!

Jennifer F. said...

What a great idea! If it's not too late, I'd LOVE to have you draw saints for me.

What a great idea, thank you!

Adoro te Devote said...

Thank you! And you have no idea how completely appropriate that selection is. Just wanted to say the Holy Spirit knows exactly who is being chosen for us and why!

Lucy said...

Karen:
Sts Perpetua & Felicity

Pray for mothers

“Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all." [Pv 31, 29]

Stevie:
Sts Ignatius & Francis Xavier

Pray for the Church in China

“I wish the university students would work as hard at converting these people as they do at their books, and so settle their account with God for their learning and the talents entrusted to them.”
[St Francis Xavier]

Elizabeth:
Sts Cyril & Methodius

Pray for an end to the Great Schism

These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
[Jn 10, 16]

Iris:
Sts Francis de Sales & Jane Frances de Chantal

Pray for Protestant conversions

“There is nothing which edifies others so much as charity and kindness, by which, as by the oil in our lamp, the flame of good example is kept alive.” [St Francis de Sales]

Renee:
Sts Peregrine & Philip Benizi

Pray for cancer patients and their families

“My God, the closer I come to you, the more I need to humble myself in the dust.”
[St Philip Benizi]

Jennifer F:
Sts Charles Borromeo & Aloysius Gonzaga

Pray for seminarians

“We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.” [St Charles]

Maria said...

I came here through "Happy Catholic." Please choose for me also, if it isn't too late yet. This is wonderful!!

Thank you so much! God bless you.

Maria

leslie said...

Please choose for me, also, if it's not too late. I just discovered your blog; it's wonderful. Pax Christi!

nicole said...

Oh, if it is not too late I would like to have a patron. Thank you for introducing this idea again to so many people.

Alex O. said...

Would you please pick for me as well? Thank you.

Nick said...

I'd like a pick as well please :)

Anonymous said...

Thank You So Much!

I think Sts Francis de Sales & Jane Frances de Chantal are perfect for me. Therefore, I'll restate what another mentioned, "The Holy Spirit must be guiding you."

Iris

C.D.O. said...

I would love to have a saint picked if possible.
Thanks!

knit_tgz said...

Could you choose a patron saint for me too? Thanks!

cjmr said...

If you're still picking saints, I'd love to be included as well.

Dinia said...

If you're not overwhelmed, please choose one for me too:) Thanks!

Lucy said...

Maria:
Sts Simon & Jude

Pray for those in desperate situations

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” [Mt 11, 28]

Leslie:
Sts Augustine & Monica

Pray for an end to abortion

“For nothing will be impossible for God." [Lk 1, 37]

Sts Francis & Clare

Pray for vocations to the Franciscan religious life

Jesus is happy to come with us, as truth is happy to be spoken, as life to be lived, as light to be lit, as love is to be loved, as joy to be given, as peace to be spread. [St Francis]

Nicole:
Sts Phillip & James

Pray for an end to commercialism

Philip said to him, "Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us." [Jn 14, 8]

Alex:
Sts Vincent de Paul & Louise de Marillac

Pray for an increase in the virtue of charity

We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.
[St Vincent de Paul]

Nick:
Sts Benedict & Scholastica

Pray for vocations to the Benedictine Religious Life

Girded with a faith, and the performance of good works, let us follow in Christ's path by the guidance of the Gospel; then we shall deserve to see him "who has called us into his kingdom."
[Rule of St Benedict]

CDO:
Sts Margaret Mary & Claude Colombiere

Pray for an increase in devotion to the Sacred Heart

“Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.”

Knit:
Sts Martha & Mary

Pray for homemakers

“Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” [Lk 10, 42]

CJMR:
Sts Cosmas & Damian

Pray for pharmacists’ & physicians’ right to conscience

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” [Mt 5, 10]

Lucy said...

Dinia:
Sts Joachim & Anne

Pray for the elderly
““
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness’."
[2 Cor 12, 9]

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!

Maria

Joey said...

I would really appreciate it if you could choose saints for me as well. Thank you!

cjmr said...

Thanks!

leslie said...

Thank you so much, Churchladies. I'm grateful for the privilege and the duty. May God bless you and all your readers. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

mgibson said...

Can I still get in on the fun of getting some new patrons for the year? Pretty please? :)

knit_tgz said...

Thanks! I will keep the homemakers in mind when I pray, as a fellow woman, a teacher and a crafter (though not a homemaker in the true sense of the word, as I'm single and childless).

TNP said...

Please draw some saints for me.

TNP

tnpacitti@hughes.net

Lucy said...

Joey:
Sts John & Paul

Pray for the propagation of the faith

“For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?” [Mk 8, 36]

MGibson:
Sts Cunegunda & Henry

Pray for those in public office

“And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." [Mt 25, 40]

TNP:
Sts Bridget & Catherine of Sweden

Pray for families

“Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
[1 Pet 4, 8]

seeking_something said...

pretty please, for me too. THANKS!

Heather said...

I would love some Saints for the new year! Thanks!

AnneLocks said...

If it's not too late, I would love a couple of Patron Saints for '08. I think this is wonderful! Thank you.

Pasteurella pestis said...

I would greatly appreciate a saint, please!
Thank you!

Lucy said...

Seeking:
Sts Cosmas & Damian

Pray for pharmacists’ & physicians’ right to conscience

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” [Mt 5, 10]

Heather:
Sts Martha & Mary

Pray for homemakers

“Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” [Lk 10, 42]


Annelocks:
Sts James & John

Pray for missionaries

"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." [Mk 1, 17]

Pasteurella:
Sts Augustine & Monica

Pray for an end to abortion

“For nothing will be impossible for God." [Lk 1, 37]

Lucy said...

The comments on this post are now closed. Please email me at sanctalucia(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like to request patron saints for 2008.