Friday, May 29
A prayer for the ages
Shrines, home altars, burial grounds, memorial services—these are all common ways people honor their ancestors. For Christians, we have the Litany of Saints, one of the oldest prayers in Christianity, where we call to mind the holy men and women in our salvation history. The litany is most often sung at Easter Vigil Mass and All Saints Day, but many of us also pray modified litanies each night calling out the names of our own special circle of saints: God bless Mom, God bless Dad . . . . Remembering the goodness and faithfulness of living and departed holy men and women is the first step in paying our respects. To ensure a lasting legacy, we must follow their examples of radical love.