The Armchair Liturgist: Saints’ Names ’09

It’s a good year for evangelization in your parish. The RCIA director is ahead of the game this year, bringing you an ample list of catechumen names for inclusion in the Litany of Saints.

Take the Purple Chair and render judgment. Which names make the Easter Vigil cut this year? Who is sent back for a middle name or a patron saint? Do you discern any pattern here or in previous incarnations of this post?


What if a catechumen with a perfectly acceptable name prefers to have a patron saint instead: what do you do then?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Saints’ Names ’09

  1. Liam says:

    A couple of premises:

    1. One should be able to find the saint named in the Roman Martyrology, or its equivalent in Eastern or Oriental churches.

    2.English language equivalents: For practicality’s sake, don’t get hung up finding out if this word is elliptically related to a saint’s name in another language the usage of which is obscure

    3. The yeas and nays below are regarding inclusion in the Litany

    Aslan – No – but Leo covers it (unless we are singing the Litany in a Turkic language…)
    Balin – No
    Beauregard – No
    Coloss- No
    Conan – Yes
    Dash – No
    Day – No
    Dwalin – No
    Forbinus – No unless verified. Consult your local Coptic church (which type: Egyptian or Abyssinian? Who knows?) to verify – Internet attribution is to a distinctly non-scholarly work…
    Layla – No
    Narcissus – Yes
    Night – No
    Rock – Yes
    Ruby – No
    Small – No
    Zoe – Yes

    One cannot force someone to adopt a patron when the ritual does not require it (it would require it where the candidate has a name incompatible with the Christian faith), but one cannot forbid it when the ritual does not forbid it. Thus, there is an area of some freedom of informed choice here for the candidate.

  2. Joe says:

    “Zoe” is a great baptismal name. It is my wife’s baptismal name, as her parents had given her a non-Christian first name. When she was baptised as a baby(Greek Orthodox), the priest called her Zoe, (Life) and her name day on the Orthodox calendar is Friday of Easter Week, the feast of the Mother of God, the Fountain of Life. There is a beautiful icon for this feast showing the Virgin with the Christ child in a font with water flowing from it. What a great name in this time when Christians must strive so hard for the Culture of Life.

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