Triduum: Called by name

Each Tuesday for the next several weeks, Pray Tell blog will share insight
by Diana Macalintal on preparing for Triduum.
Each of these posts come from
and originally appeared in GIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music Journal.

The Catechism says, “God calls each one by name. Everyone’s name is sacred. The name is the icon of the person. It demands respect as a sign of the dignity of the one who bears it” (#2158).

At the Easter Vigil, revere the names of your elect by including their names in the Litany of Saints (see Roman Missal, The Easter Vigil, #43). If their name is a saint name or if they have chosen a patron saint, include it in the saints section. If their name is not a saint name, include it at the intercession that begins, “Bring these chosen ones to new birth….” For example, “Bring N., N., N., N., and N., your chosen ones to new birth….”

Honor their name again at Communion, which is the “climax of their initiation and the center of the whole Christian life” (RCIA #243). The Roman Missal (The Easter Vigil, #64) and the RCIA (#243) direct the priest, before he says, “Behold, the Lamb of God…,” to say a few words to the newly baptized “about receiving their first Communion and about the excellence of this great mystery.”


  1. We started doing this a few years back and the Elect really appreciate it. Many of them talk about “trying to hear THEIR name” when the Litany is sung. For those who do, it is a memorable experience, for them and for their families.

    The choir also gets a kick out of hearing the Cantor try to get all the names out correctly without blowing it. 😉

    There is an excellent article from the NPM magazine (I think) that explains the hierarchy of Saints and how to properly arrange the names. I couldn’t find the reference at the moment–sorry!

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