One of my personal favorite parts of Catholic homeschooling is how much we have learned about the Saints as a family. With the Feast of All Saints (or All Saints’ Day) on November 1, there is no better day to create or add to a personalized family Litany of Saints!
In our family, the Saints have become friends that we love learning and reading about. From extravagant heroes to simple lives, their stories encourage us to trust in the Lord and do our very best each day. Their intercession is a special gift that we have, and All Saints’ Day is the perfect day to incorporate it!
There are not specific rules to create your personalized Litany of Saints, and it is something that should grow and adapt with time, and your family. Here are a few tips that helped our family select the saints for our family’s Litany of Saints:
-A great place to begin is with each family member’s names. Legal, nicknames, baptismal, and confirmation names all count! For example, Ann would have Saint Anne included in the Litany.
-Think of any special saints or devotions of the family.
-Consider the patron saints of the family’s occupations (patron saints of students, teachers, workers, etc.)
-Any patron saints of special occasions or intentions of the family for this season or time. Maybe an expectant mother, sick relative, student preparing for first communion, or anything that might bring a special intercessor for a specific intention.
-Once your list is compiled, add it to a special page that you can put up in your prayer or homeschool area. You can create your own special poster or display as a family project, or you can use the FREE print-out we created to help you! It can be used as-is or be colored in. If you print it on cardstock, even watercolors may be used to create a truly one-of-a-kind treasure for your family. The margin is sized to be easily cut to fit into a standard 8x10 frame.
May the Feast of All Saints be a special one in your home this year, and may the stories of the saints continue to encourage and inspire us.
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Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.
Mary our Good Mother, pray for us.