SOME PATRON SAINTS
St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland, St Patrick of Ireland, St. David of Wales, St. James of Spain, St. Denis of France, St. Anthony of Italy, St. Nicholas of Russia, St. Cecilia of Music, St. Crispin of Shoemakers, St. Pancras of Children.
Updated September 10, 2018
Few practices of the Catholic Church are so misunderstood today as devotion to patron saints. From the earliest days of the Church, groups of the faithful (families, parishes, regions, countries) have chosen a particularly holy person who has passed on to intercede for them with God. Seeking the intercession of a patron saint does not mean that one cannot approach God directly in prayer; rather, it's like asking a friend to pray for you to God, while you also pray—except, in this case, the friend is already in Heaven, and can pray to God for us without ceasing. It's the communion of saints, in actual practice.
Some Christians argue that patron saints detract from the emphasis on Christ as our Savior. Why approach a mere man or woman with our petitions when we can approach Christ directly? But that confuses Christ's role as mediator between God and man with the role of intercessor. Scripture urges us to pray for one another; and, as Christians, we believe that those who have died still live, and therefore are capable of offering prayers as we do.
In fact, the holy lives lived by the saints are themselves testimony to the saving power of Christ, without Whom the saints could not have risen above their fallen nature.
The practice of adopting patron saints goes back to the building of the first public churches in the Roman Empire, most of which were built over the graves of martyrs. The churches were then given the name of the martyr, and the martyr was expected to act as an intercessor for the Christians who worshiped there.
Soon, Christians began to dedicate churches to other holy men and women—saints—who were not martyrs. Today, we still place some relic of a saint inside the altar of each church, and we dedicate that church to a patron. That's what it means to say that your church is St. Mary's or St. Peter's or St. Paul's.
Thus, the patron saints of churches, and more broadly of regions and countries, have generally been chosen because of some connection of that saint to that place—he had preached the Gospel there; he had died there; some or all of his relics had been transferred there. As Christianity spread to areas with few martyrs or canonized saints, it became common to dedicate a church to a saint whose relics were placed in it or who was especially venerated by the founders of the church. Thus, in the United States, immigrants often chose as patrons the saints that had been venerated in their native lands.
As the Catholic Encyclopedia notes, by the Middle Ages, the practice of adopting patron saints had spread beyond churches to "the ordinary interests of life, his health, and family, trade, maladies, and perils, his death, his city, and country. The whole social life of the Catholic world before the Reformation was animated with the idea of protection from the citizens of heaven." Thus, Saint Joseph became the patron saint of carpenters; Saint Cecilia, of musicians; etc. Saints were usually chosen as patrons of occupations that they had actually held or that they had patronized during their lives.
The same is true of patron saints for diseases, who often suffered from the malady assigned to them or cared for those who did. Sometimes, though, martyrs were chosen as the patron saints of diseases which were reminiscent of their martyrdom. Thus, Saint Agatha, who was martyred c. 250, was chosen as the patron of those with diseases of the breast since her breasts were cut off when she refused marriage to a non-Christian.
Often, such saints are chosen too as a symbol of hope. The legend of Saint Agatha attests that Christ appeared to her as she lay dying and restored her breasts that she might die whole.
A List of Patron Saints
· Ansovinus – gardeners
· Antipas – dentists
· Arnold of Soissons – brewers
· Arnulph – millers
· Barbara – miners, artillerymen, military engineers and firefighters, Italian marines, architects, builders,foundry workers, fireworks makers, service-men of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces,mathematicians, geoscientist, stonemasons
· Bede – historians and English writers
· Benno – fishermen
· Bernward of Hildesheim – architects
· Boethius – philosophy
· Cajetan – unemployed, gamblers, odd lot dealers, and of job seekers
· Columbanus – motorcyclists
· Cuthbert – shepherds
· Cuthman – shepherds
· Dominic of Silos – shepherds
· Edward the Confessor – kings
· Eligius – metal-workers, jewelers, mechanics, taxi drivers, farriers, harness makers,numismatists, Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers soldiers, veterinarians, farmers, farmhands,husbandry
· Elizabeth Seton - sailors
· Ephrem the Syrian – spiritual directors and spiritual leaders
· Frances Xavier Cabrini – hospital administrators, immigrants
· Francis Caracciolo – chefs
· Francis Xavier - missionary
· Gabriel the Archangel – communications workers, postal workers, broadcasters, messengers, radio/television workers, radiologists, diplomats, ambassadors, emergency dispatchers, police dispatchers
· George – agricultural workers, archers, armourers, Boy Scouts, butchers, cavalry, soldiers,Crusaders, equestrians, horsemen, husbandry, knights, saddle makers, shepherds, Teutonic Knights(policemen and firefighters in Brazil)
· Gerard Majella- Patron of Expectant Mothers; safe delivery
· Gregory the Great – teachers
· Homobonus – businessmen, tailors, and clothworkers
· Hubertus – hunters, furriers
· Hunna – laundresses, laundry workers, washerwomen
· Ignatius of Loyola – Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, Society of Jesus, soldiers, Educators and Education.
· Joan of Arc – soldiers
· John Baptist de la Salle – teachers of youth
· John Berchmans – altar servers
· John the Evangelist – editors, authors, art dealers, tanners, and theologians
· John Vianney – priests
· Julian the Hospitaller – shepherds, boatmen
· Madeleine Sophie Barat – school girls
· Magnus of Avignon – fish dealers, fishmongers
· Malo – pig-keepers
· Marcellin Champagnat – education and teachers
· Margaret of Antioch – nurses
· Our Lady of Loreto – aviators
· Patrick – engineers
· Peter of Alcantara – guards
· Philip – Special Forces, pastry chefs
· Piran – tinners, tin miners
· Pope John XXIII – Papal delegates
· Regina – shepherdesses
· Solange – shepherdesses
· Tarcisius - altar servers
· Tatiana of Rome – students
· Teresa of Calcutta – missionaries
· Thérèse of Lisieux – florists, aviators, missionaries
· Thomas – architects, politicians, land surveyors
· Ursula – archers, orphans, students
· Vincent Ferrer – builders
· Vitus – comedians, dancers
· Wolbodo – students
· Yves – lawyers
During my Digital Media, Multimedia and some AIT or VET courses I got my students to work on The S.T.E.A.M.E.R book of knowledge, especially advanced students that complete tasks ahead of time, this was my fall back lessons for those clever or advanced students, they were asked to pick one of the areas of study and create a cover page, find some interesting facts and put their findings into a chapter of the book The book was 138 pages long at my retirement from teaching.
For those students that presented work on English we gathered a lot of useful reference information that became a STUDENT's COMPENDIUM here are some samples of student work
Explanation for Compendium File Includes ANU - Australian National University An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of each word in a phrase or title. Sometimes, the newly combined letters create a new word that becomes a part of everyday language. An example of this is the acronym radar. Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words * Priest = Sacerdotal Apes - gibber, Camel live in Australia, Sahara & Arabia names = Bull - is called a heifer Opposites = Absent - present SC005_Big_Words for small Anger - Dudgeon * bold - Audacious A partner in crime - accomplice A passage between the pews in a church - Aisle SC007_Commonly_confused_words Council, an administrative or advisory body, do not confuse with counsel, advice or guidance. Homonyms Aberdeen - The Granite City The Torrid Zone has the hottest climate Zinc - Mexico, U.S.A., Spain SC013 Death Words pertaining to Occurring after death - posthumous SC009_Diminutives Cask - casket SC010_Famous Matthew Flinders -discovered Bass Strait. * Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908 SC011_Figurative_Expressions Aloof -To keep to oneself and not mix with others. SC012_Gender Actor - Actress SC013_Geography The Circumference of the earth is approxinmately 24,800 miles. SC014_Gods War - Mars SC015_Government Australian Government SC016_Grammar Explains various uses of nouns verbs etc. SC017_Human_Relationships THE ART OF LIVING - Consideration for the feelings of others SC018_Inventions Clock (pendulum) - Christian Huygens SC019_Kings_Queens of UK EGBERT 827 - 839 SC020_Literary A book in which the events of each day are recorded - Diary SC021_Marriage A hater of marriage - misogamist SC022_Medical A disease confined to a particular district or place - endemic SC044_Metaphors Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated SC023_Miscellaneous All Fools' Day - 1st April - Aussie slang - sounds that things make etc. SC024_Nouns sit - seat (when to use Nouns) SC025_Names Boys & Girls names explained SC026_Nature A four-footed animal - quadruped SC027_Negatives That which cannot be pierced or penetrated - impenetrable SC028_Numbers A number of fish taken in a net - catch, haul SC029_Opposites Unable to read - il-literate SC030_Patron Saints St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland SC031_Places A place where fishes are kept - aquarium SC032_Possessive_Case Is the case which denotes the owner or possessor SC045_Phobias Noctiphobia - Fear of the night SC033_Professions The commander of a fleet - Admiral SC034_Similes Archates - a good friend * Belt = to hit below the belt SC035_Proverbs A bad beginning makes a good ending. SC048_Sayings as a drowned rat. - as ancient as the sun—as the stars. SC036_Science_and_Arts An instrument for detecting earthquakes - seismograph SC037_Scientific_Terms The science of land management - agronomics SC038_Seven_Wonders The Pyramids of Egypt SC039_Synonyms abandon....... desert, forsake, leave. SC040_War Nations carrying on warfare - belligerents SC041_Weddings 7th year—Copper or Brass SC042_Words_to_Verbs strong - strengthen SC043_Other Any other items that might be of interest SC044_Metaphors Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated SC045_Phobias Noctiphobia - Fear of the night SC046_Death Occurring after death - posthumous SC047_Thesaurus
Thesaurus - abandon = abandoned, abandoning, abandonment, abandons affluent =having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value,words explained and incorrect use of words
SC048_Sayings as afraid as a grasshopper. SC049_UrbanMyths The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor."
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