History UsefulNotes / PatronSaints

1st Dec '16 12:01:40 PM Jeduthun
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* Saint Simeon of Emesa is the patron saint of ObfuscatingInsanity, or to use the theological term "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foolishness_for_Christ Holy Fools]]". He acted as a lunatic, practicing outlandish and disruptive behavior such as going around half-naked, dragging a dog carcass tied to his waist, and throwing walnuts at people in church, doing all his works of charity and miracles out of the public eye. This was a ploy to help preserve his humility, and other Holy Fools or ''yurodivy'' followed his example.
8th Nov '16 5:00:24 PM RealLifeRoleplayer
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Aside from the archangels, who are immortal by human standards and live outside of time, the first saints to exist are the ''evangelists'' and the ''apostles.'' These are two extremely exclusive groups: Evangelists wrote the Gospels, and there are exactly four of them: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (apocryphal writers donít count). The apostles number twelve, all men, including the evangelists. They are the hand-picked among Jesusí followers to be His closest students, and the leaders of His Church after [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence His Ascension]]. (The Church doesnít recognize any female apostles, but women were a part of Christís ministry at the very beginning, including Mary, His Mother, Mary of Magdala, and more.)

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Aside from the archangels, who are immortal by human standards and live outside of time, the first saints to exist are the ''evangelists'' and the ''apostles.'' These are two extremely exclusive groups: Evangelists wrote the Gospels, and there are exactly four of them: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (apocryphal writers donít count). The apostles number twelve, all men, including the evangelists.men. They are the hand-picked among Jesusí followers to be His closest students, and the leaders of His Church after [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence His Ascension]]. (The Church doesnít recognize any female apostles, but women were a part of Christís ministry at the very beginning, including Mary, His Mother, Mary of Magdala, and more.)
5th Oct '16 1:28:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[AManForAllSeasons St. Thomas More]] was made the Patron Saint of lawyers and statesmen. If ''TheWestWing'' is ever remade and the President is still Catholic, there should be an icon of More in the Oval Office, don't you think?

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* [[AManForAllSeasons St. Thomas More]] UsefulNotes/ThomasMore was made the Patron Saint of lawyers and statesmen. If ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' is ever remade and the President is still Catholic, there should be an icon of More in the Oval Office, don't you think?
5th Oct '16 9:26:57 AM dotchan
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* Saint John the Baptist, who was Jesus' slightly older cousin. He went out into the desert, wearing a camel-hair shirt and carrying a cross-shaped staff, and told people to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. He began the practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins and induction into a new faith, by immersing believers in the River Jordan. The highlight of his career was when Jesus Himself arrived. John baptized Him, and the Holy Spirit made a rare on-Earth appearance to grace Jesus and signal the start of His ministry.

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* Saint John the Baptist, who was Jesus' slightly older cousin. He went out into the desert, wearing a camel-hair shirt and carrying a cross-shaped staff, and told people to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. He Adapting a similar Jewish rite for gentile converts to Judaism, he began the practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins and induction into a new faith, by immersing believers in the River Jordan. The highlight of his career was when Jesus Himself arrived. John baptized Him, and the Holy Spirit made a rare on-Earth appearance to grace Jesus and signal the start of His ministry.
4th Oct '16 5:16:51 PM Goldfritha
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* Saint Jude's Children Research Hospital, who treats and hopes to find cures for things like cancer. Other common patrons for hospitals are Saint Luke (who according to [[Literature/TheBible St. Paul]] (''Colossians IV, xiv.'') was a physician) and Saint Mary under her title of "The Immaculate Conception" is also the Patron Saint of the United States.
* [[http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-barbara/ Saint Barbara]] is the patron saint of Heavy Artillery and Artillerymen (as well as fireworks, rockets, and other stuff involving gunpowder that go boom).
** And as such was celebrated in a poem by Creator/GKChesterton.
** The Russian Orthodox Church has, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands by extension]], made her the patron saint of the [[UsefulNotes/FromRussiaWithNukes Strategic Rocket Forces]].
* St. Nicholas, in addition to children and repentant thieves, is also the patron saint of sailors. Russian navy, in particular, has a habit of naming ships and installations after St. Nicholas, which recently led to some chagrin as a new nuclear missile submarine was rumored to be named "St. Nicholas," at the idea of a ship capable of raining death in form of [=ICBMs=] around the world being named after the patron saint of children (there already was and still is a Russian attack submarine named St. Nicholas, in the Pacific Fleet, however).
** In the end, the nuclear missile submarine was eventually named after Prince Vladimir of Kiev, not St. Nicholas. Of course, Prince Vladimir is himself a saint, being responsible for Christianization of Eastern Slavic nations, and is a patron saint of Russia itself.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Emperor Norton]] is the only real-life person considered to be a Discordian saint.
* St. Philip Neri is patron of the [[YanksWithTanks US Special Forces]].
* Lots of cities are named after saints: St. Paul, San Francisco, ''etc''.
** Saint Paul is interesting in that he gets ''two'' fairly-important cities named after him: the [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities capital of Minnesota]], and UsefulNotes/SaoPaulo (aka the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere).
* There are patron saints for, among others, Fireworks (St. Barbara) and Translators (St. Jerome).
* St. Sebastian, Patron Saint of snipers (well, archers) and plague victims. Also unofficial (for obvious reasons) patron of the gay community, as he is one of the few saints generally depicted in the (nearly) nude (unless, of course, one suspects an obscure "penetration" pun).
* St. Mark is the Patron Saint of Venice, and the Venetian BattleCry is "Vive San Marco".
* St. George is the Patron Saint of England, and the English BattleCry is "Saint George for Merry England!"
** In recent years, various people have called for St George to be replaced as Patron of England on the grounds that he had nothing to do with the place. The problem is that choosing a replacement will probably upset more people than it pleases - Saints Alban, Edward the Confessor [[note]](Edward the Confessor is also the Patron Saint of the British Royal Family)[[/note]], Edward the Martyr and Edmund the Martyr all have sizeable followings to name but a few, all having been recognised in some capacity as Patrons of England *prior* to St George. Just make things even more complicated, Roman Catholics and some Anglicans would argue that the Virgin Mary also has a stake - prior to the Reformation, Marian devotion was so strong in England that the country was referred to as the "Dowry of Mary".
** As St. George was originally a Greek-speaker from the Middle East (born in now-Israeli city of Lod), probably a Semite who would now be considered an Arab Christian, he has a large following in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, being the patron saint of such countries as Georgia, Greece, Ethiopia, Serbia, and Palestine, as well as the cities of Moscow and Beirut. George came to England via the returning Crusaders, especially Richard the Lionhearted.
** St George is not alone among British patron saints. The only one who was actually a ''native'' of the country they patronise was St David. St Patrick at least ''lived'' in Ireland, but Andrew the Apostle would never have ''heard'' of Scotland.
* St. Dionysus (Dennis, Denis) is the Patron Saint of France, and the French BattleCry is « Montjoie Saint Denis ! » ("Mountjoy" is a word of uncertain origin.)
* St. James (the Greater) is the Patron Saint of Spain, and the Spanish BattleCry is ''--¡Santiago, y cierra España!--'' ("Saint James, and close with them, Spain!")
** St. James the Greater is also the second Patron Saint of the United States, although nobody ever mentions it.
* [[AManForAllSeasons St. Thomas More]] was made the Patron Saint of lawyers and statesmen. If ''TheWestWing'' is ever remade and the President is still Catholic, there should be an icon of More in the Oval Office, don't you think?
* Bartholomew the Apostle, who - among other things - presides over mental and neurological disorders. [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Bartholomew_Allen_II_%28New_Earth%29 There's got to be someone of that name]] [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny with a mental disorder...right?]]
** St. Dymphna is also considered a patron saint of mental and neurological disorders, seemingly just because the majority of healings reported at her shrine were that.
* There is a traditional grouping of saints invoked together as protectors against certain ills, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteen_Holy_Helpers "Fourteen Holy Helpers"]] often honored together in one church or shrine: St. Agathius, St. Barbara, St. Blaise (on whose feast day Catholics used to have their throats blessed against disease), St. Catherine of Alexandria (she of the wheel, which was commemorated in the Catherine-wheel firework), St. Christopher, St. Cyriacus, St. Denis of France, St. Erasmus, St. Eustace, St. George, St. Giles, St. Margaret of Antioch (who was swallowed by a devil in the form of a dragon, made the sign of the Cross, burst out of its stomach, and became patroness of childbirth), St. Pantaleon, and St. Vitus (he of the dance, ''i.e.'', the disease choreia). Their most famous shrine, the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_the_Vierzehnheiligen Basilika Vierzehnheiligen]]'' near Bamberg (Bavaria, Germany), is a very well-known work of Baroque architecture by the famous Balthasar Neumann.
* One theory of the origin of the nautical legend of Davy Jones' Locker is that Davy Jones is actually a bowlderized version of Saint David of Wales, whom Welsh sailors would beseech for aid in times of danger. In this interpretation, Davy Jones is not punishing, but helping sailors, by keeping their souls safe in his Locker.
* Joseph of Cupertino (who had a reputation for levitating during Mass) is the Patron Saint of Spacers. Yes there is already a patron saint of spacers despite it being a rather new occupation. And any would-be SpaceOpera writers among the tropers can use him in your {{Mythopoeia}}.
* Thomas Aquinas is the Patron of Scholars, and Intellectuals. In other words he is the official geek saint. He is OneOfUs.
* The [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush US presidential election in 2000]] involved controversy over the vote count due to improperly punched pieces of ballots known as "chads." It was jokingly suggested that perhaps the appropriately named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_of_Mercia#Patronage St. Chad]] of Mercia could become the patron of disputed elections, since he humbly resigned a contentious appointment to a bishopric. (In reality, of course, there is no actual patron of elections, [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets which may explain a few things]]. However, Thomas More is the patron saint of politicians.)
* Saint Thomas (the doubting one) is patron saint of [[http://catholicsaints.info/saint-thomas-the-apostle/ architects, builders, and doubters.]] He's also considered the patron saint of forensic investigation and [[TheCoroner medical examiners]] because he didn't believe Jesus had returned from the dead until he examined His wounds.
21st Jul '16 11:36:08 PM mugiwara
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* Saint Dismas, the traditional name of the thief crucified to Jesus's right. Patron of thieves

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* Saint Dismas, the traditional name of the thief crucified to Jesus's right. Patron of thievesprisoners on DeathRow and of criminals who wish to reform.
2nd Apr '16 12:12:29 PM vifetoile
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* Saint Paul, patron of newspapers, writers, and publishers. He was a Pharisee who initially was dedicated to persecuting Christians, but after a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus, he converted to Christianity. His letters to various corners of the Roman world are now recorded in the Bible, that's how important they came to be to the early church. [[JokingMode That's why he's the]] TropeNamer [[JokingMode for]] WordOfSaintPaul.

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* Saint Paul, patron of newspapers, writers, and publishers. He After Jesus' ascension, Saul was a Jewish Pharisee who initially was dedicated to persecuting Christians, but after Christians. Saul was blinded by a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus, he converted and then healed by a Christian. Saul converted, and changed his name to Christianity.Paul. His letters to various corners of the Roman world are now recorded in the Bible, that's how important they came to be to the early church. [[JokingMode [[SincerityMode That's why he's the]] TropeNamer [[JokingMode for]] WordOfSaintPaul.
1st Mar '16 3:45:55 PM vifetoile
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* Saint Pantaleon, a saint of the Orthodox church. The legend of his martyrdom says that he [[InsaneForgiveness forgave his persecutors even as they were killing him]]. For this reason, he is also called "[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials Pantalaimon,]]" which means "All-Compassionate." His patronage includes physicians and lottery ticket holders.
* Saint Paul, patron of newspapers, writers, and publishers. He was a Pharisee who initially was dedicated to persecuting Christians, but after a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus, he converted to Christianity. His letters to various corners of the Roman world are now recorded in the Bible, that's how important they came to be to the early church. [[JokingMode That's why he's the]] TropeNamer [[JokingMode for]] WordOfSaintPaul.
22nd Feb '16 12:28:59 AM vifetoile
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* Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus. A humble carpenter. He knew very well that he was Jesus' foster-father, but loved and raised Him just as much as if He was his own flesh and blood. Sometimes is shown as an [[AgeLift aged, aged man]], to indicate [[CelibateHero a chaste marriage with Mary]]. Is the patron of all manual laborers, of fathers, of immigrants (for guiding his family through the journey to Bethlehem and the Flight into Egypt), of Canada, Croatia, Korea, and Vietnam, and to ensure a happy death (because he passed away peacefully at an old age, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming with his wife and his son around him]]).

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* Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus. A humble carpenter.carpenter of Galilee. He knew very well that he was Jesus' foster-father, but loved and raised Him just as much as if He was his own flesh and blood. Sometimes is shown as an [[AgeLift aged, aged man]], to indicate [[CelibateHero a chaste marriage with Mary]]. Is the patron of all manual laborers, of fathers, of immigrants (for guiding his family through the journey to Bethlehem and the Flight into Egypt), of Canada, Croatia, Korea, and Vietnam, and to ensure a happy death (because he passed away peacefully at an old age, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming with his wife and his son around him]]).
22nd Feb '16 12:28:26 AM vifetoile
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* Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus. A humble carpenter of Galilee who happened to be a direct descendant of the great King David. He died before Jesus' public ministry began, and knew very well he was Jesus' foster-father, but loved Him just as much as if He was his own flesh and blood, and raised Him with virtue and goodness. Sometimes is shown as an [[AgeLift aged, aged man]], to indicate [[CelibateHero a chaste marriage with Mary]]. Is the patron of all manual laborers, of fathers, of immigrants (for guiding his family through the journey to Bethlehem and the Flight into Egypt), of Canada, Croatia, Korea, and Vietnam, and to ensure a happy death (because he passed away peacefully at an old age, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming with his wife and his son around him]]).

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* Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus. A humble carpenter of Galilee who happened to be a direct descendant of the great King David. carpenter. He died before Jesus' public ministry began, and knew very well that he was Jesus' foster-father, but loved and raised Him just as much as if He was his own flesh and blood, and raised Him with virtue and goodness.blood. Sometimes is shown as an [[AgeLift aged, aged man]], to indicate [[CelibateHero a chaste marriage with Mary]]. Is the patron of all manual laborers, of fathers, of immigrants (for guiding his family through the journey to Bethlehem and the Flight into Egypt), of Canada, Croatia, Korea, and Vietnam, and to ensure a happy death (because he passed away peacefully at an old age, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming with his wife and his son around him]]).
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