There are many saints in the Church’s history – there are, by one estimate, about 6000 at least quasi-officially canonized – too many ever to be celebrated liturgically in the 365 days of the year. There were the saints of  ‘old’ calendar of the usus antiquior, which was in turned revised – reformed, if you will – with the liturgical revisions under Paul VI in 1969 after Vatican II. Many of the more prominent saints remained the same, but the more complex hierarchy of feasts was simplified, so that we now have solemnities, feasts, memorials and optional memorials, the last of which dot the calendar, and are, as their name implies, optional, so that we may celebrate them as our proclivity – primarily our devotion – moves us.

Today we can choose to commemorate three, at least at Mass and the Divine Office. Privately, we can of course take the lot, and ask their intercession, each in their own way.

So, here they are, in chronological order:

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