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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Feast of All Saints

The come in all shapes and sizes, don't they?  Here's a list I've used before.  It is arranged along a not-too-subtle principle, which you are free to guess.  Sometimes it's good to know how exclusive the club is.  Those in the know are free to add the usual responsorials. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God   
Mary Clopas, sister of Our Lady   
Mary Magdalen     

Peter, the Rock, first bishop of Rome  
James the Younger, first bishop of Jerusalem  
John, the Beloved Disciple   

Aquila and Prisca, who sheltered Paul   
Priscilla of the Catacombs, who sheltered Peter   
Phoebe and Claudia   
Philip the Deacon   

Paul of Tarsus, Apostle to the Gentiles   
Pope Linus, disciple of Peter   
Pope Clement, disciple of Paul   
Polycarp of Smyrna, disciple of John   
John Mark, evangelist, and first bishop of Alexandria   
Evodius, one of the Seventy-two and first bishop of Antioch   
Onesimus, bishop of Ephesus, who collected the letters of Paul   

Joseph of Palestine   
Pope Zozimus   
Romanus the Melodist   
Daniel of Padua   
Julian of Toledo   
Edith Stein of Dachau   

Habib the Martyr   
John of Damascus   
Pope John V   

Rafka al Rayes   
Sharbel Maklouf   

Nicholas, beloved of children   
Gregory Nazianzen    
Macrina the Younger    

Athanasia of Aegina    
Pope Sixtus II    
Alexander Akimetes   

Pope Cornelius   

Augustine of Hippo   
Perpetua and Felicity   
Cyprian of Carthage   

Anthony the Hermit   
Mary of Egypt    
John the Merciful   
Catherine of Alexandria   

Moses the Arab, Apostle to the Arabs   
Cosmas and Damian   
Mary Baouardy, the Little Sister to Everyone   

Thaddeus and Maris, Apostles to Iraq and Persia   
Maruthas of Maiferkat   
Ephraem, the Harp of the Holy Ghost   

Anastasius Majundat   
Abdon and Sennen   

Frumentius, Apostle of Ethiopia   
Iphegenia of Ethiopia   
Moses the Black   
Sheikh Aretas of the Banu Harith and the Martyrs of Najran   

St. Thaddeus, one of the Seventy-two, and Apostle to Armenia   
Isaac the Great   
Gomidas Keumerigian   

Nino Christiana, Apostle-Mother of Georgia   
Euthymius the Enlightener   
George Mtasmindeli   

Thomas Aquinas, the “Dumb Ox”   
Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of Friars Minor   
Clare of Assisi, founder of the Order of Poor Clares   
Maria Goretti   
John Bosco   
Pope John XXIII   

Nathalia and Aurelius   
Theresa of Avila   
Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers   

Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus   

Anthony of Padua   

John Baptist de la Salle, founder of the Brothers of Christian Schools   
Margaret Mary Alacoque of the Sacred Heart   
Theresa of Lisieux, the Little Flower   

Alan de Solminihac   

Mary of Oignies   

Patrick, Apostle to Ireland   
Brigit of Kildare   

Colmcille of Iona, Apostle to Scotland    
David, King of Scots   
Margaret of Scotland   

Augustine of Canterbury, Apostle to the English    
Edith of Wilton   
Thomas More   

Winefride of Holywell   
Cadoc of Llancarfan   

Boniface, Apostle to Germany   
Gertrude of Helfta   
Herman the Cripple   
Hildegard of Bingen, the Sybil of the Rhine   
Adolf Kolping   

Nicholas von Flue   
Jakob Gapp   

Ansgar, Apostle to Scandinavia   
Gorman of Schleswig   
Hallvard of Oslo   
Bridget of Sweden   
Thorlac of Iceland   

George Matulaitis   

King Istvan the Great   
Elizabeth of Hungary   

Cyril and Methodius, Apostles to the Slavs   
Good King Wenceslaus   
Agnes of Bohemia   

Hyacinth Ronzki   
Stanislaus Szczepanowski   
Mother Mary Theresa Ledochowska   
Pope John Paul the Great   
All you brothers and sisters of Poland   

Mother Theresa of Calcutta   

Sava of Serbia   
Mark Korosy of Croatia   
Ieremia Stoica of Romania   
Bishop Eugene Bossilkov of Bulgaria   

Sergius of Radonezh   
Euphrosyne of Polotsk   

Isaac Jogues, Apostle to North America    
Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks   
Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin of Guadeloupe   

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Santiago   

Bartholomew Laurel   
Miguel Pio   

Peter Betancur of Guatemala   
Bishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador   

Rose of Lima   
Ana de los Angeles Monteagudo   

Mercedes of Jesus   
Mariana de Paredes, the Lily of Quito   

Paulina of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus   
Antonio de Santa Ana Galvao   

Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz   

Ceferino Namuncurá    

Teresa of the Andes   

John Nepomucene Neumann   
Katherine Drexel   
Mother Frances Cabrini   

Marguerite D’Youville   
Mary Rose Durocher   

Francis Xavier, Apostle to the East   
Alphonsa Mattahupadathus   
Kuriakose Chavara   
Mother Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan   

Mary of the Cross   

Lorenzo Ruiz   

Thaddeus Lieu   
Agnes Sao Kuy   

Father Thomas Hioji Rokuzayemon Nishi   
Magdalene of Nagasaki   

Agatha Kim   
Paul Chong Hasang   

Philip Siphong   
Sister Lucy Khambong   

Agnes De   
Father John Dat   

Benedict the Moor   
Martin de Pores   

Charles Lwanga of Uganda   
Mother Josephine Bakhita of the Sudan   
Anwarite Nengapeta of the Congo   

Victoria Rasoamanarivo   

All you paupers and kings, doctors, teachers, nurses, scholars, queens and virgins, popes and peasants, apostles and martyrs and missionaries, confessors, bishops and nuns, husbands and wives, hermits and monks   


  1. One Saint to whom many of us will have often occasion to pray is St.Clelia Barbieri, patron saint of those ridiculed for their piety. Yes, too right she's a relative of mine!

    And meanwhile the glorious army keeps recruiting. If anyone wants to pray to Saint Muhammad, there is at least one such Saint in Heaven - Ziwar Muhammad Ismail, who would not give up his Lord in the face of a loaded rifle. Ziwar Muhammad Ismail, saint and martyr, ora pro nobis.

  2. I thought St. Peter was the first bishop of Antioch.

    Thaddeus is not just one of the seventy-two, he's one of the Twelve.

    Let's start naming our sons Mohamed and claim the name for Christ!


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