My wife and I have always observed an augmented liturgical calendar. We make a point of attending Mass together whenever possible on our sacramental anniversaries: our wedding, her reception into full communion, my baptism. We also observe our name saints–mine is March 19th, and hers is this coming Wednesday. We’ve also adopted saints of various parishes where we’ve lived. We have a few special patrons, like the archangel Raphael, imaged left from my musical Tobit.
Personal observances often fall through the cracks for many Christians. Likely most Catholics. We’re good on birthdays, like most of the surrounding culture. In one parish school in a community I served, birthdays were neglected–instead students registered with a baptismal anniversary. This was celebrated with a bit more flair. No other parish I’ve known does this. Too bad. It’s a good thing to track important connections with our mentors in the Communion of Saints, and remember significant anniversaries.
I don’t forget mine: Baptism on 22 August (also Mary, Queen of Heaven), First Eucharist on 23 August, Confirmation on 16 March, Marriage on 27 January. And saints: Joseph on 19 March, Benedict on 11 July, Ignatius on 31 July, Hildegard of Bingen on 17 September, Raphael on 29 September, Cecilia on 22 November, Thomas Merton on 10 December.
What about yours?