Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bl. Louis and Zelie! It's not too late... conclude vespers or compline tonight with the collect (concluding prayer) for their feast, which is today:
you have given to Blessed Louis and Marie ZĂ©lie
the grace to lead a life of holiness as Christian spouses and parents.
Grant that through their intercession and example
each of us may be able to love and serve you faithfully,
living worthily our own vocation.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

We have my summer guest blogger, Jim McCauley, to thank for this, by the way. He received the prayer from a Carmelite friend and passed it on. Now, I'm wondering what common one would use to celebrate this holy couple once they are canonized. There's a common for holy women, for holy men, but not holy couples! That's one more revision needed for a future edition of the breviary.


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  2. Saints Joachim and Anne share a feast day later this month, what do we do for them?

    1. A&J get the common of men saints except for a second OOR reading that is specific to them. It will probably continue this way until the church accumulates a lot more saintly married couples. I know there was that Italian couple beatified not too long ago. And there's my own patron, St. Daria, who is feted along with her husband St. Chrysathum on October 25th, although they are not on the universal calendar There's probably a few more, but at the moment I can't think of any. Would make a good google search.

  3. James I. McAuleyJuly 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM


    my wife just pointed out another married couple -- Zachariah and Elizabeth. My wife said she always thought Zachariah's actions exemplified the typical stubbornness of husbands! As a husband, all I can say, "no comment!"

    Anyway, I think we should have the Martins placed on the universal Roman Calendar or at least the American one. They are a couple I can relate to and a realistic example of marriage.

  4. Daria, to restate what we discussed elsewhere, you are on to something. When you look at the Commons in the Roman Missal, 3rd edition, there is no proper for married couples who are saints. When we look at the Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH), the same occurs. This is problematic. In the LOTH it specifically says we go to the Common of Holy Men. The only other married couple I could find who is celebrated, but in the Franciscan calender, Elzear and Delphina on September 26 is the Common of Holy Men. AS an aside, pre-1971, Ann was the Common of Holy Women not virgins and Joachim the Common of Confessors. Now, not to sound like a feminist, but the common of holy men is addressed to men and does not necessarily address the issues married women (and men) face, such as infidelity, miscarriages, financial woe, loss of a child, etc.

    There needs to be a Common of holy marriage that recognizes the special unity of marriage for both the Missal and the LOTH. This is necessary to help provide a real spiritual understanding and revitalization of marriage. It would also be an effective spiritual weapon in the war against “gay” marriage. Thus, this is one of the most effective routes the Bishops could take, but has been totally overlooked, that is provide for such a common for the Missal and LOTH.

    Of course, as I mentioned in a prior post, I would like a realistic married couple as a role model. The best I have seen is Louise and Zelie Martin, whose feast day as blessed was on July 12th. If argued the Martins are only blesseds, well, we have Bl. Kateri today, July 14th. If argued, you have Saint Isidore on May 15, well, were is his wife, St. Maria de la Cabeza (and again, the Common of Holy men)?

    I will raise this issue with my bishop after his installation this August.