A few have asked what list we used for the Litany of the Saints that I referenced in my previous post. We took the Roman list, subtracted a few and then added some from the Lesser Feasts and Fasts (2006), the approved calendar of Saints in TEC. Musically, our in-house version of the Litany takes the Taize setting of the “Veni, Sancte Spiritus”, changing the ostinato to “Saints in Glory, pray with us”; a Cantor (me) then intones the names above it, ad libitum. One of the congregants of St. John’s came up with this a few Lents ago and it really works well. I have the .pdf of the Mass booklet, if anyone would like to look at it and see how it fit into the service.

Here’s who was mentioned, with a few annotations:

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
O Christ, graciously hear us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God.
Our Lady of Walsingham.

Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
Seraphim and Cherubim
All you holy angels and archangels

St. Michael is mentioned in Daniel and Revelation; St. Gabriel is the announcer of the Annunciation to Our Lady (the Annunciator, if you please) and is also in Daniel; St. Raphael is mentioned in the book of Tobit. I believe it was St. Thomas Aquinas who first organized the Angels into seven orders: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and Angels (Edit: see comment below from Dr. Olsen on who was the originator of the idea; I set it too late!). We only named the two that are in the Eucharistic preface in the Prayerbook.

John the Baptist
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel
Moses and Miriam
All you holy Prophets of God.

We added Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel (the wives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob). This is common practice in TEC to add their wives when mentioning the three men in Eucharistic Prayer C (the “Star Wars” prayer). Which, I always found ironic, because there were more wives than just these three, like Leah, Miss Sad Eyes, herself.

Peter and Paul
James, John and Andrew
Matthew, Mark and Luke
All you Apostles and Evangelists

All you Holy Innocents.

The Holy Innocents are the male babies of Palestine that are killed in Herod’s “mad raging” to rid himself of the foretold Christ child. Their Feast is the 28th of December.

Stephen and Lawrence
Polycarp, Perepetua and Felicity
Jonathan Myrick Daniels and Martin Luther King
Constance and her companions
All you Holy Martyrs

Jonathan Myrick Daniels was an Episcopal Seminarian who was martyred in Selma, Alabama outside of a gas station, protecting a young black girl. Constance and her companions were Episcopal Nuns attached to the St. Mary’s Cathedral in Memphis, TN, who stayed behind to minister in a Yellow Fever outbreak. They have a special place in our hearts as fellow Tennesseans.

Augustine, Gregory and Ambrose
Augustine of Canterbury
Cuthbert and Athanasius
John Chrysostom and Nicholas
William Laud and William White
John Henry Hobart
All you Holy Bishops and Confessors

William Laud was an Archbishop of Canterbury, a friend of St. Charles, King and Martyr (who was, sadly, left out) and opposer of Puritans. William White was the first Bishop of the Episcopal Church; we remember not only him, but also the day of his Consecration (which The Anglican Breviary delightfully keeps as “The Bestowal of the American Episcopate”). John Henry Hobart was Bishop with missionary zeal,  founder of General Theological Seminary and High Churchman.

Anthony, Benedict, and Bernard
Dominic, Francis and Bede
James DeKoven and John Keble
George Herbert and John Donne
John and Charles Wesley
Florence Li Tim-Oi
All you Priests of God
All you Monks and Hermits

James DeKoven was a Seminary Professor and a leader in the Anglo-Catholic movement in TEC. He was elected several times as Bishop of several Dioceses, but never took the mitre due to others contesting his Eucharistic theology. John Keble preached the Assize sermon in 1833, which effectively launched the Oxford Movement and Anglo-Catholicism in England. Florence Li Tim-Oi was the first woman ordained as an Anglican Priest in 1944, TEC remembers her day of ordination.

Mary Magdalene
Agatha, Lucy and Agnes
Cecilia and Helena
Julian, Bridgit, Hildegard
Monnica and Catherine
Clare and Evelyn Underhill.
All you Holy Abbesses and Nuns
All you Holy Women, given unto God

Monnica was the mother of St. Augustine, whose tears and prayers helped convert her son to Christianity. Hildegard was a Medieval Mystic and composer; her music is still performed today (I love several recordings of her music by Anonymous 4). Evelyn Underhill was an Anglo-Catholic mystic and writer of Mysticism, which is considered one of the foundational works on the subject.

All you servants of God, throughout all time
All you whose faith is known to God alone

Just in case we left anyone out.

For the Church,
For the world,
For our families and Friends,
For our enemies and those who wish us harm, and for all who died.
Pray with us, you Saints of God!

Here we specifically ask them to pray with us for these needs.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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