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Patron Saints: Their Role and Influence in Catholicism

 Patron Saints

Patron Saints are those people whose holy and virtuous acts were considered to greatly influence and defend the interests of certain groups or countries. The Roman Catholic Church lists a Patron Saint for practically every kind of interest, occupation, or cause. Patron Saints are designated for musicians, girls, boys, mothers, the elderly, firefighters, soldiers, animals, the Internet, and television. Saints also guard the interests of the sick, gardeners, runners, singers, hunters, and criminals.

Popular Patron Saints

Popular Patron Saints include:

  • ·         St. Margaret of Antioch
  • ·         St. Patrick
  • ·         St. Catherine
  • ·         St. Andrew
  • ·         St. Agnes
  • ·         St. Christopher
  • ·         St. Matthew
  • ·         St. Nicholas
  • ·         St. Cecilia
  • ·         St. Philip
  • ·         St. Luke
  • ·         St. Blaise
  • ·         St. Sebastian
  • ·         St. Anthony of Padua
  • ·         St. Dorothy

St. Patrick: Well-known by Catholics and Non-Catholics Alike

One of the most well-known Saints in the Catholic Church is Saint Patrick, or the Patron Saint of Ireland. Patrick, who was also called Patricius, is believed to have been born in Britain, or close to the English and Scottish border in the year 387. Saint Patrick’s parents were well-to-do Roman nobility. The father, Calpurnius, who was a Christian, served as a cavalry officer in the Roman army.

The Early Life of Saint Patrick

Patron Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

When Patrick was only 14, he was captured by Celtic raiders and transported to Ireland. As a slave of the Irish, he herded sheep while learning the culture and customs of the Celts. At that time, the Irish people practiced the Druid religion, which used the Serpent as its symbol of wisdom. When Patrick was 20, he escaped his captors and returned to his family.

Saint Patrick’s Later Years

Upon Patrick’s return, he studied to become a priest. He was eventually ordained by the Bishop of Auxerre, St. Germanus and, because of his familiarity with the Irish language and culture, appointed by the Pope to serve in Ireland. Within a period of just 30 years, St. Patrick converted a large number of the Irish people to Christianity. He died of natural causes in 464 in Saul, a village in the Northern part of Ireland in the County Downs.

The Two Primary Classifications of Saints

St. Patrick falls under the classification of Saints who are confessors. There are two distinct categories of Saints. They are either considered martyrs, who die because of their Christian beliefs, or confessors – those who die a natural death.

Why Saint Patrick is Said to Have Driven Out the Snakes in Ireland

St. Patrick is considered the Patron Saint of Ireland because he converted the people from the Druid religion (with its symbol of the snake) to the Christian religion. Therefore, he is said to have driven out the “snakes” in Ireland – showing that good (or Christianity) triumphed over a pagan belief system.

Patron Saints in Artwork

Many Patron Saints, such as Saint Patrick, are represented in artwork. Saint Patrick, himself, is often seen in stained glass art, architectural renderings, and Christian manuscripts. The replications reflect strongly on the contributions made by a Saint during his lifetime. In many of the pictures featuring Saint Patrick, he is shown with the legendary “serpents” that he notably drove out.

Feast Days for Saints

Feast days are designated for Patron Saints in their commemoration. In the case of Saint Patrick, the Feast Day is held each year on March 17th. Feast days originated from the custom of honoring a Saint on the date of his or her death, which also signified the time their heavenly life began. When Christians pray to a specific Saint then, the Saint is believed to intercede with God on the believer’s behalf.

Canonization: Naming and Recognizing Saints in the Church

A holy or virtuous person who is considered a Saint is recognized as such through a process known as canonization. Canonization, or the naming of a saint, has only been followed since the 900s. Before that time, Saints were so named because of their popularity. However, because the stories of some Saints were more legend than true, the authority of naming Saints was assigned to the Vatican and Church.

The Canonization Process Today

Pope John Paul II made changes to the canonization process in 1983. Beginning after the death of the canonization candidate, the local bishop surveys the life of the candidate, often many years after the time he or she died. He looks at the person’s writings and life to assess both orthodoxy and heroic virtue. A candidate is proclaimed venerable when the he or she is approved by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Beatification

After this endorsement, the next part of the process involves beatification. With the exception of martyrs, it must be shown that a miracle occurred following the candidate’s death due to a specific petition made to the Saint candidate. The Pope proclaims that the candidate is blessed if a miracle occurs.

Canonization is Used to Honor a Saint, Not Make a Saint

Afterwards, the pope will canonize the candidate (confessor or martyr) upon the event of another miracle. However, the act of canonization should not be considered a process where a person is made a Saint by the Church. The practice only affirms the candidate’s holiness and virtuous character – all which is attributed to God. The term “Saint” reveals that the person lived a life that was holy, is now in heaven, and is venerated by the Catholic Church. Because canonization is a lengthy process, not every virtuous person can be canonized. That’s why we, as Christians, are divinely called to be saints ourselves.

 

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