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Costumes for Popular Saints

Saint Agnes - Saint Agatha - Saint Cecilia - Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton - Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha - Saint Lucy

Saint Maximilian Kolbe - Saint Juan Diego

 

Saint Agatha

We do not know much about this Saint whose name is mentioned in the canon except that despite being young, beautiful and very rich, she dedicated her life to God. When the Christians suffered terrible persecutions, she was forced into a brothel, but refused to accept customers.  She was beaten and tortured, and her breasts were crushed and cut off by order of a judge. It is said that she replied  "Cruel man, have you forgotten your mother and the breast that nourished you, that you dare to mutilate me this way?" It is said that Saint Peter came to heal her. She was then rolled on burning hot coals and was near death when an earthquake struck, crushing one of her tormentors. She thanked God for the pain she suffered for Him and died.

Costumes for Saint Agatha can be varied.  You might wish to dress in an early period gown with chains to represent her imprisonment. Or perhaps select an outfit that reflects this holy saint's beauty and wealth which she rejected.

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Use a ghost costume for the white version

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See the Biblical era costumes page. In particular, we think that some of the satin wise man costumes work well.

Saint Agnes is most often depicted in a white gown with a blue shawl.  This simple and affordable costume, originally intended for use as a Virgin Mary Costume, is perfect.

Saint Agnes Costume

St. Agnes was born in Rome during the beginning of the third century. She was brought up as a Christian and grew to be a very beautiful young woman. By the age of twelve, Agnes was already receiving suitors for her hand in marriage. And already by the age of twelve, Agnes had developed a deep spirituality that directed her to devote her life to God as a consecrated virgin. Read more    

 

Saint Cecilia is the Patron Saint of musicians. She was a very cultivated young woman whose family was quite prominent in Rome's society.  She vowed virginity to God, but her parents forced her to marry. It is said that while the profane music played at her wedding, she sang in her heart a hymn of love to Jesus, her true spouse. She was accompanied by an angel and told her husband that if he wished to see it, he had to be purified. He did so and on returning, the angel placed crowns on both of their heads. Her husband and brother were converted and began a ministry of burying Christian martyrs. They, too, were martyred for this kindness. Saint Cecilia was then ordered to worship false gods and when she refused, she joined them in martyrdom.

Saint Cecilia Costume

Costumes for Saint Cecilia might be chosen from the elegant gowns in red to reflect her martyrdom. Add a crown, like the one she received from the angel.

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We like this one very much because your daughter can reuse the long-sleeved jumper year round.

Also consider the Saint Agatha costume above.

 

Another option for as Saint Cecelia costume is the sweet dress at the right. It is pretty enough to wear for a special occasion later on and comes with a little velvet purse.

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Here is another lovely and modest costume to depict the musical Saint Cecilia. Although it is meant to be a Rapunzel costume, you can twirl the braid into a bun if you wish.

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This beautiful period costume is made of a velvet type fabric with soft panne panel. The open sleeves allow the wonderful Saint Cecelia's arms to be free to play the organ unencumbered!

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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was born into a wealthy Episcopalian family and married a very successful businessman. They traveled to Italy with their children and while they were away, his business failed and the country was gripped with rampant illness. They were thrown into a pauper's hospital with the only care coming from her husband's business partner, who was a Catholic. Soon her husband died, leaving her a penniless widow. Saint Elizabeth and her children were sent back to America through the kindness of the partner and she embraced Catholicism, alienating her family. To support them all, she began a Catholic school in Boston.

For an easy and affordable Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Costume, you can use an early American costume. While the bonnet isn't black, we don't think your child's teacher will care too much.

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Here is an authentic looking period costume that will also work well for Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Add a bonnet to your outfit for a complete All Saints Day Costume

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe is perhaps one of the bravest and selfless saints of our time. He was arrested following the Nazi invasion of Poland and was eventually transferred to Auschwitz and branded as prisoner 16670.  Assigned to a special work group staffed by priests, he was supervised by especially vicious guards. His faithfulness brought him horrible beatings and the worst assignments.  Left for dead, he was smuggled back to the camp hospital by other prisoners and spent his recovery hearing confessions. Following an escape plan, the Nazis decided to punish some prisoners by death. Francis Gajowniczek, a married man with children, was chosen to die in payment. Saint Maximilian Kolbe offered his life in exchange and he died, as he wished to, in service to the Lord.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Here is a typical prisoner costume.

We encourage you to add a red triangle like the one that St. Maximilian wore, with his number 16670

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Saint Thomas More is the patron saint of lawyers. He was a witty man who was also very learned and served under King Henry VIII and was appointed Lord Chancellor. Unable to abide by the King's views on the Church, the supremacy of the Pope and marriage, he resigned. He spent the rest of his life writing in defense of the faith. This drew the ire of the King and he was put on trial for treason. He was beheaded and is a martyr of the Church.

 

 

This costume makes a regal depiction of the great Saint Thomas More in all his splendor

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Saint Lucy of Syracuse was a wealthy young Christian of Greek ancestry who wanted to live for God only. Her father died when she was young forcing her mother to arrange a marriage for her. Lucy did not want to marry, and stopped the wedding for three years, praying at the tomb of Saint Agatha for help in the hope that her mother's mind would change. Her prayers obtained a cure for her mother who suffered from hemorrhaging and she relented - but her fiancée, a pagan, did not. She was imprisoned and condemned to a life of prostitution, but her guards could not move her even with a team of oxen. They tortured her by plucking out her eyes and much worse.

The costume below, although meant for Jesus, is a loose flowing gown with a red cape, signifying martyrdom.  Add some bloody eyes on a plate.

Saint Lucy

 

A White Gown and Red Cape make the perfect All Saints Day Costume for Saint Lucy.

Just add a plate and some eyeballs!

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Bloody Eyes

In case you can't find them in your neighborhood, here are some bloody eyes - many more than you'll need, but now you'll have some to share!

 

 

 

 

 

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was known as the Lily of the Mohawks although she was half Algonquin. Her story is one of terrible suffering for Christ. She was ridiculed, scorned and unjustly accused. She was likely the object of racial discrimination as well, and suffered from smallpox - a terrible disease that miraculously disappeared after her death! Please visit the National Shrine to learn more about this remarkable Blessed.

 

 

 

 

This is an authentic looking native American costume that is perfect for Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. It even comes with boot covers!

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Another Outstanding costume for the Lily of the Mohawks - Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha!

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Little Sister will want to join in the Saintly fun, too!

Here is an adorable toddler sized Kateri Tekakwitha costume!

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Want to be Kateri but your hair is too short?

No problem! Here's a wig!

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Saint Juan Diego

In April of 1990 Juan Diego was declared Blessed by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. The following month, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, during his second visit to the shrine, John Paul II performed the beatification ceremony. On July 2002 he was canonized by the Church, during a ceremony celebrated by John Paul II, again in the Basilica of Guadalupe.
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Here is a simple serape that you might want to use to depict Saint Juan Diego.

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Inside Saint Juan Diego's Tilma (his serape) was a beautiful image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You can add a panel like the one at the right to the inside of your son's serape - or stitch it onto the outside. (If you can't sew, just pin it on)

There are many versions to choose from.

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