One tradition that we did half-heartedly last year and (hopefully) whole-heartedly this year was to choose a patron saint and guiding Scripture verse for each family member as well as for the family overall. We used the saint’s name generator and the random Bible verse generator (just press reload).
Without further ado, here are our saints and verses for 2012.
Saint: St. Catherine of Sweden
Verse: Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36)
Saint: St. Edwin of Northumbria
Verse: But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. (2 Thes.3:3)
Saint: St. Thomas Becket
Verse: Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)
Saint: St. John Houghton
Verse: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. (1 John 4:7a)
Saint: St. Martha
Verse: Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
Saint: St. Anthony of Padua
Verse: Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2: 6-7)
Saint: St. Joseph of Cupertino
Verse: Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Saint: St. Matthias
Verse: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Issiah 55: 8-9)
Saint: St. Valentine
Verse: In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. (Isaiah 26:12)
And what will we do with these saints and verses? I’m honestly not quite sure. We already celebrate each family member’s birthday, name day, and baptismal anniversary, and that’s 24 celebrations each year. I don’t know that I want to add another 8 on top of that! I did buy little plaques that we are going to decoupage with a picture of each person’s saint, and I’d also like to do something similar with the Scripture verses. I’d like each child to learn about their saint, and am planning on getting each child a medal and/or holy card, providing I can find one. I would also like to get a statue of St. Valentine to keep someplace special in our home and make some sort of artwork out of the family verse.
Do you celebrate the saints? What do you do?