To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of her Canonization, the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg is hosting a weekend of special events. The Shrine’s newest exhibit tells the story of Elizabeth Ann Seton’s journey to sainthood, and highlights the September 14, 1975 event where she was proclaimed a Saint. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the actual banner which hung in St. Peter’s Square on the day of her canonization, pictured above. The exhibit runs until August, 2016.
The anniversary weekend celebration begins on Saturday, September 12th at 7:00pm in the Basilica. Musician-scholar David Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute will perform music from Saint Elizabeth’s lifetime. Reflections will be given on her journey from socialite to foundress of her order, the Daughters of Charity.
On Sunday, September 13th the Shrine is hosting many activities and will be open extended hours from 10:00-5:30. A living historian will be on the grounds during the day depicting Saint Elizabeth. Games, music, snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
An Anniversary Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 in the Basilica. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore will be presiding and preaching. The Mass will be televised internationally on EWTN.
On Monday, September 14th the Shrine will hold special group activities for school children. Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica at 11:00, with our very own Bishop Ronald Gainer presiding and preaching!
As America’s first native-born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton has been a source of inspiration and encouragement for all people. Special novena cards honoring her ordination are available this weekend on the tables in the back of our church. What an honor to be a parish that bears her name!
We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives – that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him. – Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton