Pray Tell reader Paul Fell sends in this note:
Every year around this time in Lent, I receive a list from the RCIA Director of the saints who have been selected by the “RCIA Class” as their confirmation names. Based on established church guidelines, I incorporate these names into the Litany of Saints that is sung at the Easter Vigil. This task is not only an enjoyable exercise each year (I learn a lot), but it gives me a chance to think about the communion of saints in a different and fascinating way. If all these saints were standing around and talking to each other, what would they be sharing? What would St. Florian (martyr and patron of firefighters) discuss with St. Anthony of Padua (a Doctor of the Church) or St. Vincent de Paul (a priest in the 1600s)? What kinds of insights would St. Anastasia, St. Claire, and St. Therese regarding their virginity and their faith journey? What questions would St. Gregory the Great or St. Thomas Aquinas like to ask St. Athanasius?
I’ve also been considering other ways that this litany can be incorporated once I prepare it. First, as part of our prayer support for the RCIA program, our choir could pray this litany before our rehearsals leading up to Easter Vigil. Second, when the litany is sung at any point later in the year, this selection of saints can be included to provide a reminder to pray for those who just entered the church at the Easter Vigil. Last but not least, this list can be the basis for short emails sent to each of the newly confirmed on their saint’s heavenly birthday, thereby reinforcing their connection to the Communion of Saints in heaven.
Do other parishes incorporate the saints selected by the RCIA class into their Easter Vigil litany? Are these saints’ names used in some other fashion?
Your comments are welcome.