[This was a post that I wrote for January 1st last year. We wanted to post it again so you could join us in this beautiful tradition. Happy New Year!]
Years ago we read in a Medjugorje book about a special tradition for the New Year. Names of various saints are written on pieces of paper, along with a quote from the saint or something about them. Also written is an intention to pray for: examples would be to pray for carpenters, or pray for mothers, or pray for those far from Jesus.
The tradition is that you pick a saint from a bag of many names. However, even though you are doing the picking, the saint actually picks you — to be with you in a special way that year. They pray for you, and you pray for their intentions.
We do this each year. It is a tradition that we cherish. I look forward to seeing who I will get each year. This past year I had St. Bernadette, and I’ve been reading her biography.
There is even a website where you can digitally pick a name. Click on this link: Saints Name Generator
Happy New Year to you all! We pray that it be full of blessings for you!
Mother Hen / Mary Ann