About a month ago, Grace announced that she wanted to add a litany of saints at the end of bedtime prayers. Well she didn't really say that. She said she wanted to say "St. So-and-So, pray for us." I told her that was called a litany. The children loved the idea and jumped on it. In the past I have had the passing thought of adding a litany to our prayers but had never acted on it.
The first few nights were very fly by the seat of the pants. We had to figure out who to include. It was around St. Nicholas Day so he was a natural. Also Mary, Mother of God, and St. Joseph. Olivia has a St. Rose holy card so she wanted to add her. Grace wanted St. Lucy for the cat. Then they figured out that Marian and Olivia's middle names were covered so that meant everyone's middle name needed added. So at this point we had:
Mary, Mother of God
Then Grace wanted to add St. Gabriel. She has always loved St. Gabriel. Loves the Angelus. Really loves the collect for the last Sunday of Advent and has been able to recite it for years. She is not impressed by that. "Of course, everyone knows that prayer." Sure, Grace, if you say so.
But I kept forgetting to add him which means they had an opportunity to jump in. I would begin and then random children would interrupt with whomever they wanted next. The chaos irked me a bit. SSSSHHHH!!!!! I say this part and you say that part! OKAY?!
Sam decided he needed St. Mary. St. Mary as in Mary, Mother of God.
Me: Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
Sam: St. Mary!
Olivia: Sam, we already said that. Mary, Mother of God!
Sam: No! St. Mary!
Me: It doesn't matter. If Sam wants to say St. Mary, we can say it.
Grace: There's probably another St. Mary anyway.
Sam: No. Jesus's mother!
Olivia: We already said her!
St Mary, pray for us
Sam: Jesus, pray for us.
Me: Sam, that's not the way it works. You ask Jesus to hear you. Say "Jesus, hear us." I think. I have to look it up.
Grace: I think we should end with "Lord, hear our prayer."
Me: There's actually a right way to do this, but I don't know what it is.
Grace: Well, find out.
I haven't yet. Grace has now decided that she wants to do a "Saint of the Month" where a new saint will be added every month. I'm not clear if the old saint of the month gets rotated out or not. I'm supposed to find out who the most interesting saint in January is and tell them. We can add the person to the litany and maybe find a prayer card.
Here is where we currently stand:
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
All ye angels and saints,
This has taken on a life of its own. I am not displeased.