Happy feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (a first-class feast, by the way!)! With today being so special, it’s inspired me me to write up a quick post about my patron saints and patronal feast days.
Over the past few months, I’ve had the fun privilege of helping some dear moms I know organize special personal dates throughout their year (many of them to do with Baptisms and patron saints) and put them into customized planners.
Reading through all their lists inspired me to type up all the patronal feasts I have the privilege of celebrating each year (not to mention my Sacramental anniversaries, and the feast days of other saints who are special to me).
Thanks to these mothers, I’ve been strongly reminded of the importance of maintaining (not to mention increasing) devotion to these saints with whom I have the honor to be specially connected! Because the thought struck me: when I’m making a home of my own with my future husband, when we are raising our family, what feasts will I want to have in my own planner to remember and cherish–especially those of my own patron saints? And what graces will I want to remember to ask my patron saints for?
February 11th: Our Lady of Lourdes
Being named after the Blessed Mother is such a privilege! Although when I was young (“and foolish”), I thought it would be so lovely to be named Jana or Katherine, I would never, ever want to change my name now 😉
My parents named me specifically after Our Lady of Lourdes, and every year we celebrate her feast as my Name Day. She is my Queen and, for every reason, is the foremost of my patron saints! I pray she will obtain for me a special love of penance.
June 15th: St. Alice of Shaerbeek
My middle name is Allison; and almost from the very start of our courtship I’ve been made aware by The Dash that he has a very high opinion of that name ❤ While we were in the car for our family Baptism trip last weekend, we were discussing names in general (it might just have been in the context of possible future children’s names, but I digress) and I began wondering out loud if there were even a Saint Allison. I was aware that the name means Truthful (not bad!), but I hadn’t really stopped to wonder, until that moment, if I could have another patron saint due to my middle name.
After some online research, I discovered that, in the realm of name meanings and of patron saints, the name “Allison” is categorized as a derivative of “Alice,” which eventually led me to St. Alice of Shaerbeek. I had never heard of her before! Apparently, she was never formally canonized, but her cultus of devotion was approved by Pope St. Pius X in 1907. I think her story is so beautiful and I am thrilled to start invoking her as one of my patrons!
In contemplating certain trials I have been experiencing lately, and of all the trials I have yet to suffer in the future, I pray that St. Alice will obtain for me the grace of always seeking out the Eucharist as my consolation in suffering (whether it be physical, spiritual or emotional), instead of running to any other empty comforts the world may offer.
June 24th: St. John the Baptist
I was born on the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, so after Our Lady of Lourdes, I consider the Precursor of Christ very highly on the list of my patron saints. What a privilege to belong, in a special way, under his care! And . . . since I was born on his Martyrdom, it is very difficult for me to ignore his Nativity 😉 So I consider today a small patronal feast day as well!
August 29th: St. John the Baptist, St. Sabina
My birthday falls on the feast of not one, but two martyrs. St. John the Baptist comes first; having always heard it on that day, I will forever mentally connect my birthday to the Gospel narrative of St. John’s martyrdom. The fact that Our Lord allowed me to come into the world on the great feast of His Cousin’s martyrdom humbles me, even now, to think of. Whenever I think to pray to him, I am always moved to ask for the gift total zeal for Our Lord, and total self-abandonment to His Will.
The Lord hath called me by my name from the womb of my mother, and He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He hath protected me, and hath made me as a chosen arrow.
And then I also have St. Sabina, widow and martyr, as my patron saint! Few details are known of her, but I love her all the same . . . a courageous Roman widow, a keeper of the home, who rescued her martyred Christian slave’s remains, interred them in her own mausoleum, and then died for the same Faith in the second century. I pray that she will obtain for me the courage and fortitude I need as I prepare to enter my state in life as a homemaker, and similar graces for when I am living it!
October 5th: St. Faustina
St. Faustina is my Confirmation patron . . . you can read the rather amusing story about how I chose her as a 13-year-old here 🙂 But now, at nearly 22, I especially pray that she will help me maintain a devotion to the Divine Mercy and to foster such a devotion in my future children, God-willing. I would love for my future family to regularly pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm (maybe as a way to wrap up homeschooling for the day? Who knows!), but I know I will need grace to make it a consistent reality. The Chaplet has been a mainstay for my family and I during very difficult and even physically dangerous times (we have very narrowly escaped being hit by several devastating tornadoes, which we credit to the Divine Mercy Chaplet). I pray she will help me to not forget its efficacy and the need I have for this devotion in my life.
October 7th: Our Lady of the Rosary
I made my Total Consecration on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which makes it another quite obvious patronal feast day 🙂 While I did not specifically plan to make my Total Consecration on this feast for any other reason than that it was the closest upcoming feast available to me once I discovered Total Consecration . . . now I am so grateful it fell on this day.
On a similar vein to St. Faustina, I pray that Our Lady of the Rosary will obtain for me the fortitude of devotion to the daily Rosary. It is such a struggle to make this a reality. And it is almost entirely thanks to my mother and father that our family came to be able to pray the daily Rosary after several spurts of attempts across the years. My mom renewed the effort to make the devotion and my dad leads it nightly. It has been the pillar of our (usually) evenings for several years now, Deo Gratias!
Within a year (God-willing), it’s highly likely that I’ll be married and become the queen of my own home. On my feminine heart will fall the responsibility of keeping the fire of devotion to the Rosary burning in our family hearth . . . and this is a huge responsibility. My husband, as the head, will lead us all in it and keep us grounded there; but my wifely duty of keeping devotion to the Rosary in the home will be incredibly, permanently real. I pray that Our Lady of the Rosary will help me to always, always keep the daily Rosary in my future home, because there will be times in which it will seem so easy to skip it. I have a strong feeling the survival of our future family will depend to a great extent on the Holy Rosary. I pray she will help me!
And . . . there we have it! My patron saints, and what I ask them for! I must say this was an eminently enjoyable post to write 😉 I pray you all have a wonderful, blessed and peaceful Sunday.