History UsefulNotes / PatronSaints

12th Jan '18 5:57:02 PM nombretomado
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* Saint JoanOfArc, co-patron saint of France (Saint Denis is the original patron) and archetypal ActionGirl, the JeanneDArchetype. She's also the patron saint of prisoners and, more famously, of military personnel, including soldiers, women who have served in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), and Women's Army Corps.

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* Saint JoanOfArc, UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc, co-patron saint of France (Saint Denis is the original patron) and archetypal ActionGirl, the JeanneDArchetype. She's also the patron saint of prisoners and, more famously, of military personnel, including soldiers, women who have served in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), and Women's Army Corps.
14th Nov '17 5:12:54 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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.

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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]].him. For this reason, he is also called "[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials Pantalaimon,]]" which means "All-Compassionate." His patronage includes physicians and lottery ticket holders.
16th Sep '17 5:12:41 PM nombretomado
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* St. Philip Neri is patron of the [[YanksWithTanks US Special Forces]].

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* St. Philip Neri is patron of the [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Special Forces]].
8th Jul '17 8:54:59 AM nombretomado
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Pretty much wherever saints appear, they are designated by their particular iconography. Evangelists, for example, carry a scroll or book and a quill, and their [[EmpathyPet symbolic companion]] stands or floats beside them. Martyrs traditionally hold a palm, and often are depicted holding the weapons that killed them, sometimes even their own dismembered body parts. Itís gruesome, but they stand triumphant, prevailing forever over the cruelty of the world. Saints whose patronage extends to entire nations will typically carry or wear national symbols. Separate saints have their own iconography, too much to get into here. TheOtherWiki serves as an excellent resource, for the curious.

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Pretty much wherever saints appear, they are designated by their particular iconography. Evangelists, for example, carry a scroll or book and a quill, and their [[EmpathyPet symbolic companion]] stands or floats beside them. Martyrs traditionally hold a palm, and often are depicted holding the weapons that killed them, sometimes even their own dismembered body parts. Itís gruesome, but they stand triumphant, prevailing forever over the cruelty of the world. Saints whose patronage extends to entire nations will typically carry or wear national symbols. Separate saints have their own iconography, too much to get into here. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki serves as an excellent resource, for the curious.
6th Jul '17 11:22:27 AM hszmv1
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* ''August 10'' -- '''Lawrence of Rome''' (225-258) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Protégé, treasurer, and the first deacon of Pope Sixtus II, executed three days after the Pope and his six fellow deacons, famously by being roasted alive, for refusing to hand over the treasury of the Church. Patron of the city of Rome, Canada, students, librarians, cooks, chefs, and comedians (by way of claiming the poor and destitute of Rome, to which he was assigned to take care of, as the true treasures of the Church, and later his GallowsHumor, sarcastically suggesting to his executioners to roll his body over once one side is burnt enough).

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* ''August 10'' -- '''Lawrence of Rome''' (225-258) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Protégé, treasurer, and the first deacon of Pope Sixtus II, executed three days after the Pope and his six fellow deacons, famously by being roasted alive, for refusing to hand over the treasury of the Church. Patron of the city of Rome, Canada, students, librarians, cooks, chefs, and comedians (by way of claiming the poor and destitute of Rome, to which he was assigned to take care of, as the true treasures of the Church, and later his GallowsHumor, sarcastically suggesting to his executioners to roll his body over once one side is burnt enough).enough) [note]The Comedian patronage comes from the fact that he was quite famous for his personal library of joke books and would often entertain guests by reading from his collection. Apparently, some of them were quite the IncreadiblyLamePun for their day.[/note].
21st Mar '17 1:08:01 PM VoiceInTheWilderness
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* ''August 2'' -- '''Peter Julian Eymard''' (1811-1868) [RC]: French priest and advocate of the adoration of the Holy Eucharist (a small piece of unleavened bread which symbolizes the body of Jesus offered to humanity as forgiveness of their sins).

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* ''August 2'' -- '''Peter Julian Eymard''' (1811-1868) [RC]: French priest and advocate of the adoration of the Holy Eucharist (a small piece of unleavened bread which symbolizes is the body of Jesus offered to humanity as forgiveness of their sins).
7th Mar '17 4:27:06 AM zero5889
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* ''December 27'' -- '''John''' (c. 6-100) [RC, Angl. and Luth. / Orth., September 26]: One of the twelve apostles of Jesus and traditionally the youngest (and the last surviving apostle at the time of his death), hence he often appears in Western Christian art as a PrettyBoy. Credited with writing five books appearing in ''Literature/TheBible'' -- a Gospel (which is different from that by Matthew, Mark and Luke through its philosophical character), three general letters to the various churches of Asia Minor, and ''Literature/TheBookOfRevelation''. Patron of love, loyalty, friendships, authors and booksellers.
* ''December 28'' -- '''Holy Innocents''': Male infants under two years old killed by King Herod the Great of Judea in a failed attempt to keep Jesus from presumably vying for his throne. While ambiguous in historicity, such an act is acknowledged to be not too out-of-character for the historical Herod, who was infamous for violent reprisals on any pretender to his throne (including family members).
* ''December 29'' -- '''Thomas Becket''' (1119-1170) [RC / Angl.]: Archbishop of Canterbury, who engaged in a lifelong conflict with King Henry II of England over the rights and properties of the Church until he was murdered during Mass by four knights who misinterpreted rash words from the King. Patron of secular clergy.
* ''December 31'' -- '''Pope Sylvester I''' (d. 335) [RC / Orth., January 2]: Bishop of Rome during whose tenure Emperor Constantine the Great officially endorsed Christianity as the state religion of the Roman Empire. Otherwise obscure, he is venerated by Roman Catholics as the New Year's Eve pontiff.
3rd Mar '17 3:59:28 AM zero5889
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* ''December 14'' -- '''John of the Cross''' (1542-1591) [RC / Angl. / Luth.]: Spanish Carmelite monk and mystic, as well as a disciple of Saint Teresa of Ávila, with whom he implemented reforms in the order even in the face of opposition. Patron of mystics, Spanish poets and contemplatives.
* ''December 21'' -- '''Peter Canisius''' (1521-1597) [RC]: Dutch Jesuit priest responsible for the restoration of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany following the Protestant Reformation. Patron of Germany and the Catholic press.
* ''December 23'' -- '''John Cantius''' (1390-1473) [RC]: Polish priest and physicist, whose works foreshadowed the rethinking of the laws of physics by Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton. Patron of Poland and Lithuania.
* ''December 26'' -- '''Stephen''' (d. 36): One of the first deacons (assistants to the apostles, presently to priests or pastors) and the very first Christian martyr, stoned to death for preaching the Gospel, even as he forgave his executioners. Patron of Belgium, Serbia, deacons and protector against headaches.
2nd Mar '17 4:55:42 AM zero5889
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** '''Raphael''' [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: An angel introduced in ''Tobit'' (a book deemed canonical in Roman Catholic and Orthodox versions of ''UsefulNotes/TheBible'', and deemed apocryphal elsewhere) and a traveling healer. Patron of travelers, apothecaries and blind people.

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** '''Raphael''' [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: An angel introduced in ''Tobit'' (a book deemed canonical in Roman Catholic and Orthodox versions of ''UsefulNotes/TheBible'', and deemed apocryphal elsewhere) and a traveling healer. Patron of travelers, apothecaries and blind people.



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* ''December 3'' -- '''Francis Xavier''' (1506-1552) [RC / Angl. / Luth.]: One of the co-founders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and a close friend of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, famed for his extensive missionary efforts to India and Japan. Patron of the East Indies, Japan and foreign missions.
* ''December 4'' -- '''John of Damascus''' (675/676-749) [RC / Orth. / Angl.]: Priest and polymath and writer of expositions of the faith and hymns amidst Muslim-ruled Syria. Patron of pharmacists and icon painters.
* ''December 6'' -- '''Nicholas''' (270-343) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Bishop of Myra (modern-day Demre, Turkey), famed for his generousness, which translated into the character of SantaClaus. Patron of children, repentant thieves and bankers, moneylenders and financiers (by way of pious legend stating that he spared a poor father the disgrace of selling his three daughters to prostitution by secretly giving them treasure to sell).
* ''December 7'' -- '''Ambrose''' (340-397) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Bishop of Mediolanum (modern-day Milan, Italy) and a former governor before his ascent as bishop, during which he preached against Arians and was influential in the conversion of Saint Augustine from a life of sin. Patron of beekeepers, bishops and the city of Milan, which keeps a particular Latin-language liturgical rite named after him, one of the few tolerated after the reforms of the Second Vatican Council enforced the Roman Rite (partially because Pope Paul VI previously served as archbishop).
* ''December 9'' -- '''Juan Diego''' (1474-1548) [RC]: Indigenous Mexican convert and visionary of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
* ''December 11'' -- '''Pope Damasus I''' (305-384) [RC]: Bishop of Rome under whose tenure Saint Jerome began his translation of the books of ''Literature/TheBible'' into Latin. Patron of archaeologists.
* ''December 13'' -- '''Lucy''' (283-304) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Virgin martyr from Syracuse in Sicily and patron of the blind (largely due to her name being a play on ''lux'', the Latin word for "light").
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* Saint Nicholas, a.k.a. SantaClaus (a lot of [[RecursiveTranslation Multilingual]] MemeticMutation was involved), who surreptitiously gave gold to the poor, patron saint of children; also patron of (repentant) thieves and of bankers, moneylenders, and financiers (including pawnbrokers--hence the three golden orbs.) His Feast Day is December 6th, which used to be the day when children would receive presents (Christmas itself was reserved for liturgy and feasting).
** The most famous legend is that a poor father had three daughters with no dowry, and therefore no marriage prospects, and a likely eventual fate as prostitutes. Nicholas the Bishop helped them under cover of night, by throwing bags of gold down their chimney, one for each daughter, saving their futures.
28th Feb '17 5:22:03 AM zero5889
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* ''November 1'' -- '''All Saints''': A universal commemoration of all the saints, observed in virtually all major Christian denominations.
* ''November 3'' -- '''Martin de Porres''' (1579-1639) [RC / Angl. / Luth.]: Peruvian Dominican lay brother who defied the stigma of being the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a freed African slave [[HeroicBastard to lead a life of humility and charity]]. Patron of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers and advocates for racial harmony.
* ''November 4'' -- '''Charles Borromeo''' (1538-1584) [RC]: Archbishop of Milan and a prominent figure in the Counter-Reformation, as well as an advocate for the foundation of religious seminaries. Patron of bishops, catechumens, and Lombardy, as well as protector against ulcers.
* ''November 10'' -- '''Pope Leo I (the Great)''' (400-461) [RC / Orth. / Angl.]: Bishop of Rome famous for standing up to Attila the Hun and persuading him to turn back from Italy, as well as a major influence in the orthodox Christian stance of Jesus having both divine and human natures.
* ''November 11'' -- '''Martin of Tours''' (316/336-397) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Hungarian-born Roman soldier turned first bishop of Tours in France after a vision of Christ who earlier disguised himself as a beggar in the middle of winter who was given a part of his cloak. Patron of beggars, recovering alcoholics and horses.
* ''November 12'' -- '''Josaphat Kuntsevych''' (1580-1623) [RC]: One of the few saints from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, a Byzantine-rite Catholic sect (that is, in full communion with Rome while adhering to almost the same rites as the Eastern Orthodox Churches), and archeparch (the eastern equivalent of the western archbishops) of Polotsk (in modern-day Belarus) until his death during a period of strife between the Orthodox and Catholic churches of the region. Patron of Ukraine.
* ''November 15'' -- '''Albertus Magnus''' (1200-1280) [RC]: German Dominican friar and mentor of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Patron of scientists, students and Cincinnati.
* ''November 16'' -- '''Margaret of Scotland''' (1045-1093) [RC]: English-born princess and Queen of Scots, famous for her charitable work. Patron of Scotland and Anglo-Scots relations.
* ''November 16'' -- '''Gertrude the Great''' (1256-1302) [RC]: German Benedictine nun and mystic, and patron of the West Indies.
* ''November 17'' -- '''Elizabeth of Hungary''' (1207-1231) [RC / Angl. / Luth.]: Hungarian princess and Franciscan laywoman. Married and widowed at a young age, she spent the rest of her short life in works of charity. Patron of hospitals, nurses, bakers and the Third Order of Saint Francis, an order for laypeople who wish to live in contemplation while still functioning in the ordinary world.
* ''November 22'' -- '''Cecilia''' (c. 2nd century) [RC / Orth. / Angl.]: Semi-legendary but incredibly popular patron of musicians (by way of pious legend claiming that she sang to God during her wedding to a pagan nobleman, who later converted and was eventually martyred with her).
* ''November 23'' -- '''Pope Clement I''' (d. 99) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Reputed handpicked heir of Saint Peter as Bishop of Rome and an outstanding writer. Patron of mariners and stone-cutters (by way of legend claiming he was executed during the reign of Emperor Trajan by being tied onto an anchor and thrown into the sea).
* ''November 23'' -- '''Columbanus''' (543-615) [RC]: Irish missionary to France and patron of motorcyclists.
* ''November 24'' -- '''Andrew Dũng-Lạc''' (1795-1839) [RC]: Vietnamese priest and one of the first martyrs of that nation, described as one of the most brutal and politicized in history (largely due to Christianity's association with French colonists).
* ''November 25'' -- '''Catherine of Alexandria''' (287-305) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Semi-legendary but very popular princess, scholar and virgin martyr. Patron of unmarried girls, apologists, and craftsmen who work on a wheel such as potters and spinners (legend has it that she was executed by being put on a spiked breaking wheel).
* ''November 30'' -- '''Andrew''' (c. 1st century): One of Jesus' twelve apostles and reputedly the founder of the Church in Constantinople, from whom all its patriarchs derive their lineage and authority as spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church (in contrast to the pope, which derive their lineage from Saint Peter). Patron of Scotland, Greece, Romania, Russia and fishermen.
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