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« on: December 12, 2010, 07:46:05 PM »

I thought this would be interesting.  please post a picture and a link to a life story of your patron saint, and (if applicable) why you picked him/her.  I'll start...





http://english.ruvr.ru/radio_broadcast/2249099/26195226/

I chose St. Tikhon as my patron saint because his story stands out to me more than any other.  he is a role model for me, and I feel lucky for him to be praying for me.

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2010, 08:53:30 PM »

St. Andrew the Apostle


His life:
http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=103450

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2010, 08:58:36 PM »

СВЕТИ АЛЕКЗАНДАР НЕВСКИ......My Patron Saint [КРСНА СЛАВА]
                                       left to My Brother and i After our Fathers Death....
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2010, 09:06:30 PM »

My patron saint is St. Xenia of St. Petersburg.
My husband's is St. Romanus the Melodist.
My eldest daughter's is St Paraskeve.
My second eldest daughter's is St. Anna.
My son's is St. Seraphim of Sarov.
Our youngest daughter's is St. Kassiane.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2010, 09:14:37 PM »

I didn't get one. My name is Steve, so I had spoken to the priest about taking the first martyr Stephen as my patron saint. On the morning of my Baptism, my godfather and priest informed me that I would be named Stavros instead, which is The Cross in Greek and a more natural Hellenization of Steve. So I said sure! Ironically, although I'm not Greek, my friends from home had all been calling me Stavros for years (kind of a nickname).
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2010, 09:19:32 PM »

St. John, the Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist!

Have had a love for him since I was a little child.  :-)


Here is a little bit about him: http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=100109

[Don't know how to post a picture.]
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2010, 09:22:55 PM »

St John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and St Francisco.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2010, 09:23:07 PM »

St. John, the Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist!

Have had a love for him since I was a little child.  :-)


Here is a little bit about him: http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=100109

[Don't know how to post a picture.]

Here's one for you...






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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2010, 09:37:31 PM »

^^ Thank you, Stashko!
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2010, 09:51:20 PM »

St. John the Damascene

About him: http://orthodoxwiki.org/John_of_Damascus



Why did I choose him?  Like with Christ, I don't think I chose him; he chose me.
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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2010, 10:55:37 PM »


Saint David, King of Israel


What Orthodoxwiki has to say about him
http://orthodoxwiki.org/David

I chose St. David for two reasons; 1) out of simplicity since my first name is David, and 2) I want it to be said of me that I am also a man after God's own heart.

I believe that I share some of his attributes, such as writing poetry (though none as can compare to the Psalms) and being a soldier. Of course there are those certain attributes of his that I do not wish...
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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2010, 12:21:30 AM »

Saint Kevin of Glendalough, Wonder-worker of Ireland.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_of_Glendalough     http://orthodoxwiki.org/Kevin_of_Glendalough

My name is Keith and our priest would often mistakenly (at least I think it was mistakenly) call me Kevin, so I naturally started there.  Upon investigating the name Kevin I found that there are a number of similarities (I use that word loosely) between my life and the life of St. Kevin.  When he was a young child he had a bad temper.  So did I.  Horrible temper in fact.  After St. Kevin was sent to the monastery he spent all of lent tending to blackbirds that build a nest in his hands.  I had a pet crow.  One of his miracles occurred while he was cooking.  I use to be chef.  Another of his miracles involved him commanding willow trees to produce apples.  My father is an apple grower and I grew up in an orchard.  After sharing this with my priest he said, "It sounds to me like you might understand each other."  I think it would have been insulting NOT to take him as my patron.

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« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2010, 09:14:34 AM »

This is icon I use of my patron saint, the Apostle James, Brother of our Lord. My wife is not Orthodox, and while not against simple imagery, does oppose veneration of icons and of "dead people". However, given the general theme of this one, I can get away with this icon especially at this time of year!



When I learned that my name would continue to be James in the Church, my priest told me that the usual patron saint for those named James is the Brother of our Lord. However, I don't like to do things just by default  Smiley. I researched several saints, but none seemed quite right. So I finally decided to pray about it. (Strange how that lesson seems so hard to learn, right?) In giving me the name James, my priest told me that it was to continue my family connections. What better connection with our Lord than with a member of His family. The "family theme" was quite right.
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« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2010, 10:10:23 AM »

My patron saint was chosen by the priest who received me.

St Margaret Zakachurina, Russian Orthodox Nun and Martyr in a concentration camp, 1937. Next year I hope to have enough money to commission an icon of her.

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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2010, 11:21:16 AM »

I've actually got two, since I had the honour to be baptized with two names. You can see them at my avatar. Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2010, 11:32:20 AM »

My patron saint was chosen by the priest who received me.

St Margaret Zakachurina, Russian Orthodox Nun and Martyr in a concentration camp, 1937. Next year I hope to have enough money to commission an icon of her.

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how much is it to commission an icon?  although I love the print from skete.com my godfather gave me, I'd like to get a hand-painted icon of my patron saint someday.
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« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2010, 01:01:32 PM »

St. Michael the Archangel

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Archangel_Michael
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« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2010, 01:11:47 PM »


That is my brother's Saint, also... he probably wont post on this thread as he seems to favor the more theological threads to anything else.  Roll Eyes ... Love ya, bro!
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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2010, 01:15:17 PM »


That is my brother's Saint, also... he probably wont post on this thread as he seems to favor the more theological threads to anything else.  Roll Eyes ... Love ya, bro!
I'm curious:who's bro?

To answer the OP:St. John of Damscus, of course. I like the theological threads too. And I converted stuying while studying Islam at college (no relation), of which St. John is the Father, having been there at the formative period of Islam.
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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2010, 03:31:24 PM »

My patron saint was chosen by the priest who received me.

St Margaret Zakachurina, Russian Orthodox Nun and Martyr in a concentration camp, 1937. Next year I hope to have enough money to commission an icon of her.

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how much is it to commission an icon?  although I love the print from skete.com my godfather gave me, I'd like to get a hand-painted icon of my patron saint someday.


This is the icon I asked Matthew Garrett to paint for me earlier this year. It's of St Luke of Simferopol, to whom I have a great devotion as I believe he got me through cancer (well, he got me the best surgeon in the unit - medical referrals obviously work from heaven!) and it's 6.5 x 8.5" and cost $250. I am very happy with it.

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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2010, 03:37:06 PM »

I think I might go with St. Lazarus. Being that he was the first among the resurrected (at least I think this is the case?), and was also a close friend of Jesus. Plus, I like the name, very unique.

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« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2010, 12:04:49 AM »

St. Brendan of Clonfert, patron saint of sailors and divers:



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« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2010, 12:52:21 AM »

St Patrick

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« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2010, 01:13:52 AM »

My  patron saint is Saint Constantine the Great and I will adopt him as my patron Saint as soon as I join the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church  My reasons are simple as I was scanning through Constantine's personal history I came across the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church and because of my search through the annals of history  I feel one step closer from leaving my schismatic religion and entering into Christ's Holy Church.
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« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2010, 02:15:31 AM »

Here's mine:



Though I did not choose him but he was just given to me probably based on that it sounds similar to my civilian name. My civilian name is probably Western in origin and might be derived from St. John the Baptist but Finnish church seems to have a custom to pick patrons not based on etymology but by how they sound. Anyway, I'm rather fond of St. Januarius. There's a short life of his in OCA's webpage. His feast is on 21st of April.
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« Reply #25 on: December 17, 2010, 02:46:30 AM »

My patron saints:



St. Bede the Venerable, Confessor and Doctor of the Holy Catholic Church

A great historian, he naturally appealed to me. His expression of both a great intellect as well as a strong English Benedictine spirituality were also major factors.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=574



St. Benedict of Nursia

the Father of Europe.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=26
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« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2010, 02:52:39 AM »



Venerable Matthew, Clairvoyant of the Kiev Caves
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« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2010, 03:42:37 AM »

Long ago I chose St. Gabriel the Archangel.  I've always loved the Annunciation story in the Gospels and so I chose him (or did he choose me?).  And though this had nothing to do with my decision, I like the different ways his name is pronounced (Gabirel, Gavril, Jibra'il...)  I do confess though that I sometimes wish I'd chosen a human saint as they've actually gone through the trials and tribulations that we humans go through.  Though I will always ask St. Gabriel the Archangel to intercede on my behalf, I can now also say that I've grown rather fond of St. Gabriel of Georgia.
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« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2010, 04:45:24 AM »

My patron Saint is St. Gebre Menfes Qidus. I was not asked to pick a patron Saint, nor was I told who my patron Saint was. But since I was given the baptismal name "Gebre Menfes Kidus," I have always known him to be the patron Saint of our family. I pray to him every day, and I feel his intercession and protection.



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« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2010, 02:03:23 AM »

St. Moses Murin/the Black/the Ethiopian is my chosen patron.
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« Reply #30 on: December 27, 2010, 01:15:30 AM »

If I had to pick a single one, Saint Thomas Aquinas. But I tend to think of Aquinas, Saint John the Evangelist, and Our Lady as my three patron saints.

Our Lady because she is the mother of all the Church.



Saint John the Evangelist because the Gospel of Saint John is the most philosophical, and I am a philosophy student. Also my school is named after him.



Saint Thomas Aquinas because Thomism is my philosophy of choice, and because I feel I was delivered from the errors of Kantianism through his intercession.

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« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2010, 07:38:03 AM »

Our Lady because she is the mother of all the Church.

So RCC doesn't have any problem with picking Mother of God as Patron? Interesting. In Finnish EO church that is considered as inapproprioate. Same goes for MP whereas Greeks doesn't have any problem with it.

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« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2010, 02:53:25 PM »

St. Joseph the Hymnographer. When I was looking for a patron saint, I wanted some kind of poet-saint. I found out about St. Joseph for the first time on his feast day, and it wasn't because I looked up the saints for the day- I just happened to come across a reference to him somewhere. It seemed providential that I learned about him this way, so I chose him. He's the author of many important Church hymns which are scattered all over our service books, including the canon to the Akathist hymn and many other canons. He's also the first to refer to the Theotokos as "life-giving spring" which introduced an important iconographic motif. He was also a defender of the icons who suffered imprisonment for it.
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« Reply #33 on: December 28, 2010, 12:18:06 AM »

Our Lady because she is the mother of all the Church.

So RCC doesn't have any problem with picking Mother of God as Patron? Interesting. In Finnish EO church that is considered as inapproprioate. Same goes for MP whereas Greeks doesn't have any problem with it.

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Why do you consider him as the Father of Europe?

I'm not sure whether the RCC has a problem with that or not. Thomas Aquinas is my 'official' patron saint. Those are just the three I feel I have a special relationship with.

Benedict is considered the father of Europe because it was the Benedictine Monks who preserved learning in western Europe during the Dark Ages.
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« Reply #34 on: March 19, 2011, 04:17:58 PM »

My patron is Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Apostle of Northumbria. One quiet night under the starry sky of the Scottish borders, I was out praying and his name came to me. I feel an affinity with him because through gentle means he converted my countrymen to Christ. As for the majority of my friends and family today, I'm the first orthodox christian they have ever known. I'm just a beginner, really, and need a good guide to keep me in the faith, and to share this with the world around me. With Aidan's help, I pray I can carry this responsibility with patience, love, faith and kindness.
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« Reply #35 on: March 19, 2011, 06:10:05 PM »

My patron is Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Apostle of Northumbria. One quiet night under the starry sky of the Scottish borders, I was out praying and his name came to me. I feel an affinity with him because through gentle means he converted my countrymen to Christ. As for the majority of my friends and family today, I'm the first orthodox christian they have ever known. I'm just a beginner, really, and need a good guide to keep me in the faith, and to share this with the world around me. With Aidan's help, I pray I can carry this responsibility with patience, love, faith and kindness.
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Beloved Michael: my patron--I thank God for you!


« Reply #36 on: March 19, 2011, 06:46:18 PM »


He is my patron also.  It was an interesting story of how that happened with me:  I had just gotten a thick packet of divorce papers and felt a strong anxiety come over me to the absolute size of it.  Then for no real reason at all, like right out of nowhere, the Archangel Michael came to mind and about 15 minutes later, I was much calmer.  After that, he was showing up in both direct and indirect ways (his miracle of the averted river forgot where was not far off).  My now-sponsor gave me an icon of him (which was my 1st) and said to have Father bless it (which he did).  When I started my catechumenate Nov. '09,  Father said I needed to choose a patron.  So, I decided to pray on it for a couple of nights, and the eventual sense (a strong one) I got was 'You better not as much as THINK about choosing anyone else!'  I was like 'whoa okay--who am I to argue with the Commander of God's infinite Army!?'  The rest is history!

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But I,too, feel that I have a 2nd patron saint, an earthly, human one who popped into my life not long after.



The New Confessor St. John (Ivan) the Russian

I can't even -begin- to tell this story (well b/c it's long for one thing, the other is that he has had such a beautiful and powerful effect on my life, and the love I feel for him as a result just defies description.  His life story is amazing, and there are many stories (and even a book written by the priest of the church where his relics are kept) of many miracles attributed to him and his intercession.  When I first told my priest about this, it started off as a question if Michael would have had a problem with me becoming close to St. John (because I was feeling a bit bad about it), and he grinned and said 'Angels don't get jealous'.  He went on to say that perhaps it was Michael giving me a message of needing a saint with earthly experience, and apparently he was it.  Sometimes I shake thinking of how much I love him (as well as Michael).  It is truly amazing and beautiful how Christ works through His saints!

This icon of him is my most favorite, but I have another I'd like to post (it's large!).  I -believe- it is one that is in his church of his relics in Euboea, Greece.



And his life:

http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/Josef2.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_the_Russian


( P.S. -- I apologize for the long post! )





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« Reply #37 on: March 19, 2011, 07:19:10 PM »

St. Justin Popovich (d. 1979)

Life Of Our Father Justin Archimandrite of Chelije

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« Reply #38 on: March 19, 2011, 07:51:11 PM »

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« Reply #39 on: March 19, 2011, 08:14:28 PM »

It was going to be Martin of Tours.



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« Reply #40 on: March 19, 2011, 08:35:44 PM »


That is my brother's Saint, also... he probably wont post on this thread as he seems to favor the more theological threads to anything else.  Roll Eyes ... Love ya, bro!
I'm curious:who's bro?

To answer the OP:St. John of Damscus, of course. I like the theological threads too. And I converted stuying while studying Islam at college (no relation), of which St. John is the Father, having been there at the formative period of Islam.

Wow, this thread has been dead for a while.

"Bro" would be me, Isa, and of course the Archangel Michael would be my patron saint.
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« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2011, 11:58:05 PM »

Saint Nektarios and more recently Saint Fanourios.
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« Reply #42 on: March 20, 2011, 04:15:50 AM »

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« Reply #43 on: March 20, 2011, 05:17:16 AM »

God willing,



If I am received into the Church. It's my name. My mother gave it to me out of very convoluted reasons and for even more convoluted reasons, I ain't giving up the name my mother gave me, especially since I am named after an Apostle after all.

As far as similarities, well maybe:

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His [Jason's] house is used as a refuge by Paul, Silas, and Timothy in Thessalonica. Jason was arrested when the authorities could locate neither Paul nor Silas, and was made to post bail. He was not reimbursed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_of_Tarsus

I've been stiffed by some young upstarts fleeing from the law in my time as well.

There are appear to two divergent traditions how St. Jason met his demise. The Orthodox tradition, I hope is something closer to how I check out.

The downshot is that good old St. Jason usually has to share his time in the limelight with another:



St. Sosipater, indeed.

But in all seriousness, since I've always held friendship as a rather high virtue no matter the circumstances in my life, often for convoluted reasons above family and the like, it's nice to see St. Jason have company and know that at least in the Orthodox tradition he lived to old age with that life long friend in service to the Lord.

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« Reply #44 on: March 20, 2011, 10:00:56 AM »

My patron is Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Apostle of Northumbria. One quiet night under the starry sky of the Scottish borders, I was out praying and his name came to me. I feel an affinity with him because through gentle means he converted my countrymen to Christ. As for the majority of my friends and family today, I'm the first orthodox christian they have ever known. I'm just a beginner, really, and need a good guide to keep me in the faith, and to share this with the world around me. With Aidan's help, I pray I can carry this responsibility with patience, love, faith and kindness.
wow, I was just wondering who Christianized Scotland.  there is a tradition in my parish of celebrating a Slava with the cultural patron saint of your family.  Serbs have St. Sava, Irish have St. Patrick.  my family is Scottish (among other things, Scottish surname) and we want the saint who made Scotland Orthodox. 

Trevor, the main apostle for Scotland is St. Columba of Iona. Aidan was sent from Iona to establish a Christian community in Northern England. His mission doesn't really cover Scotland, except perhaps the very southern border. Look to Iona Abbey.
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« Reply #45 on: March 20, 2011, 10:31:19 AM »

My patron is Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Apostle of Northumbria. One quiet night under the starry sky of the Scottish borders, I was out praying and his name came to me. I feel an affinity with him because through gentle means he converted my countrymen to Christ. As for the majority of my friends and family today, I'm the first orthodox christian they have ever known. I'm just a beginner, really, and need a good guide to keep me in the faith, and to share this with the world around me. With Aidan's help, I pray I can carry this responsibility with patience, love, faith and kindness.
wow, I was just wondering who Christianized Scotland.  there is a tradition in my parish of celebrating a Slava with the cultural patron saint of your family.  Serbs have St. Sava, Irish have St. Patrick.  my family is Scottish (among other things, Scottish surname) and we want the saint who made Scotland Orthodox. 

Trevor, the main apostle for Scotland is St. Columba of Iona. Aidan was sent from Iona to establish a Christian community in Northern England. His mission doesn't really cover Scotland, except perhaps the very southern border. Look to Iona Abbey.

You could choose one according to where in Scotland your ancestors hail from. If it’s the west coast or the islands then certainly St Columba or any of the monks of Iona. If Aberdeenshire then St Drostan. If Fife perhaps St Serf. If the south-west then St Ninian. If the Borders or any of that nebulous area between Berwick and Edinburgh (I love to annoy the locals by telling them we are part of the Kingdom of Northumbria) then St Cuthbert or St Dunstan. If Glasgow then St Kentigern. There women saints too - St Modwenna who founded nunneries on the great volcanic rocks that now support Edinburgh and Stirling castles. The Nine Daughters of St Donald. St Kentigerna (mother of St Finnan) associated with Loch Lomond. St Triduana or Tradwell whose holy well in Edinburgh was famous for healing the eyes (the remains of the shrine are still there). St Thenu, the mother of St Kentigern. Sts Fyndana and Fyndoca, Martyrs. Kinnera of Kirk-Kinner in Galloway. St Bey and St Maura, disciples of St Aidan, a solitary and an abbess. And St Kennotha of Kyle and St Kennocha of Fife.

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« Reply #46 on: March 20, 2011, 01:39:06 PM »

/\  Nice idea, Sister Margaret.

Here is an index of places in the British Isles associated with different Saints

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-archive/message/2934
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« Reply #47 on: March 20, 2011, 02:47:54 PM »

I'm looking for one!
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« Reply #48 on: March 20, 2011, 03:58:53 PM »

I'm looking for one!

Pray.

There are a number of saints who are a "James" or "Jacob". You could also find commemorations on your birthday or anything else that may have significance for you. Ask God for guidance and seek the intercessions of different saints. It may take some time to hear the answer, but it will be there if you keep looking and listening.

That's what I did, and I thank God for what I was shown. I hope this helps you.
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« Reply #49 on: March 20, 2011, 04:11:13 PM »

I just stick with my namesake, Saint Christopher.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Christopher

My first real connection with a saint was Saint Seraphim, but when I learned of Christopher I really connected with him. My mother said she named me Christopher because she knew it means 'bearer of Christ' and that she wanted me to keep close to God my whole life. I connect with the story of Christopher feeling weighed down in the middle of the river but having to stick it out to find out he bore that suffering for Christ. Also before his martyrdom he was tempted by lusty women and I struggle with that sin in particular so I ask for his intercession on the subject quite often.
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« Reply #50 on: March 20, 2011, 06:30:05 PM »

Some of us have no choice in the matter.   laugh

Monks and nuns are given no choice and will hear their new name for the first time during the rite of tonsuring.  It is chosen by their spiritual father/mother or by the abbess or abbot and is not divulged before the ceremony.

As your brother monks and sister nuns come up and congratulate you after the service it is a little game to ask the new person his name.  Many times the poor monk or nun is quite unable to remember the new name.   Smiley

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« Reply #51 on: March 20, 2011, 06:43:37 PM »

My personal patron is St. Veniamin of Petrograd



I chose him due to my Russian heritage and the fact that Veniamin is simply the Russian form of my given name, Benjamin.

My professional patron, however, is St. Barbara the Great-Martyr, as she is the traditional protectress of artillerymen.
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« Reply #52 on: March 20, 2011, 07:30:50 PM »

St. John the Apostle:

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« Reply #53 on: March 29, 2011, 02:57:43 PM »

St. Nicholas of Japan.

http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100419



I love Japan, Japanese culture, Japanese history, etc. (although I quite dislike Japanese comics and animation). I visited the country and fell in love, much as St. Nicholas did. I feel the draw between cultures quite strongly, as he did, so it felt like a natural choice.

Additionally, while researching saints to find a patron I could find only one who shared a name with me in the East (there are a few post-schism Catholic saints), and all that is known about him is his death in a saracean raid. I didn't feel I would be able to connect with his life, not knowing anything about it, so I looked further.
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« Reply #54 on: March 29, 2011, 03:02:12 PM »

St. Mary of Egypt.  She has always been an encouragement to me in many ways, the most important being if she could become holy, ANYONE can become holy (considering her early life).  God can truly transform. 
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« Reply #55 on: March 29, 2011, 03:22:02 PM »

The Theotokos.
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« Reply #56 on: March 29, 2011, 03:28:04 PM »

I'm looking for one!

Same here.  This process, along with selecting Icons to purchase, has cleared up any ambiguity about having neurotic tendencies.  Grin

I'm praying on it.  I've been recommended two different patrons, but I believe the latter was more of a default option, rather than one I have any noticeable connection with.  Hopefully my patron saint will reveal himself to me in the near future, and I can post again in this forum with a better response.
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« Reply #57 on: March 29, 2011, 03:57:34 PM »

Well since I am not orthodox yet, I will give you my country´s patron saint.
Our father among the saints, St Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Apostle of the North and enlightener of Denmark and Sweden.
You can read about him on Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansgar

P.S. I am sorry but I could not figure out how to upload an image of him.
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« Reply #58 on: April 08, 2011, 01:35:11 AM »

Tomorrow, April 8, is the commemoration of my Patron Saint: St. Gebre Menfes Kidus!

Here are some icons and little bit about his life (click on the pictures and you can read the captions below):

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=1456515775&aid=108984#!/

May his prayers be with us!


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« Reply #59 on: April 08, 2011, 01:45:22 AM »

Well since I am not orthodox yet, I will give you my country´s patron saint.
Our father among the saints, St Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Apostle of the North and enlightener of Denmark and Sweden.
You can read about him on Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansgar

P.S. I am sorry but I could not figure out how to upload an image of him.




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« Reply #60 on: April 08, 2011, 01:59:28 AM »

Trevor, the main apostle for Scotland is St. Columba of Iona. Aidan was sent from Iona to establish a Christian community in Northern England. His mission doesn't really cover Scotland, except perhaps the very southern border. Look to Iona Abbey.

Saint Ninian, however, was the first apostle to the Scots.
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« Reply #61 on: April 08, 2011, 02:06:35 AM »

Thank you orthonorm Smiley
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« Reply #62 on: April 08, 2011, 02:21:42 AM »

Thank you orthonorm Smiley

My Danish is bad, can only read it and understand it spoken after a while, if I listen hard.

In any case, det var så lidt.

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« Reply #63 on: April 08, 2011, 03:12:38 AM »

When I was baptized into the Eastern Orthodox Church I took Saint Cyril of Alexandria as my patron Saint.

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« Reply #64 on: April 08, 2011, 03:17:49 AM »

When I was baptized into the Eastern Orthodox Church I took Saint Cyril of Alexandria as my patron Saint.




Very appropriate! Wink


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« Reply #65 on: April 08, 2011, 03:52:55 AM »

Your danish is good Smiley
I know this is a litle out of topic but I am still new on this forum and there is one thing that I can´t seem to figure out.

My problem is that when I want to reply on a comment I cannot figure out how to place the comment in those boxes( sorry for the bad choice of words, my english is not too good ) Smiley

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Your danish is good Smiley
I know this is a litle out of topic but I am still new on this forum and there is one thing that I can´t seem to figure out.

My problem is that when I want to reply on a comment I cannot figure out how to place the comment in those boxes( sorry for the bad choice of words, my english is not too good ) Smiley

I am hoping that I could get some help Cheesy I am pretty lost.

When you are viewing a post, do you see the button in the top right corner which says "Quote"?
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« Reply #67 on: April 08, 2011, 04:12:40 AM »

Well since I am not orthodox yet, I will give you my country´s patron saint.
Our father among the saints, St Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Apostle of the North and enlightener of Denmark and Sweden.
You can read about him on Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansgar

P.S. I am sorry but I could not figure out how to upload an image of him.

Thank you  Smiley




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« Reply #68 on: April 08, 2011, 04:14:37 AM »

Your danish is good Smiley
I know this is a litle out of topic but I am still new on this forum and there is one thing that I can´t seem to figure out.

My problem is that when I want to reply on a comment I cannot figure out how to place the comment in those boxes( sorry for the bad choice of words, my english is not too good ) Smiley

I am hoping that I could get some help Cheesy I am pretty lost.

When you are viewing a post, do you see the button in the top right corner which says "Quote"?
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« Reply #69 on: April 08, 2011, 04:17:51 AM »

I think I am doing something wrong. I keep writing iside them Huh
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I think I am doing something wrong. I keep writing iside them Huh

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I think I am doing something wrong. I keep writing iside them Huh

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Okay thank you. Now I might be able to get a little more involved in here Cheesy
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I think I am doing something wrong. I keep writing iside them Huh

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« Reply #74 on: May 07, 2011, 03:49:17 AM »

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« Reply #75 on: May 07, 2011, 04:56:35 AM »

I don't know who my patron is because my parents chose "John" and they wouldn't know the Forerunner from the Theologian.

Has anyone else faced this dilemma??
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« Reply #76 on: May 07, 2011, 09:28:19 AM »

I was born on May 1, and Marie is a traditional name in my mother's family, so I was named Donna Marie, "Lady Mary."



When I was confirmed in the RCC, I picked St. Joan of Arc.



When I am able to complete my conversion to Orthodoxy, I suppose I will have to pick a different saint. I have been thinking about different ones. When the time is right, I hope it'll be made clear.  angel
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« Reply #77 on: May 07, 2011, 09:45:29 AM »

You could just go back to "Marie".
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« Reply #78 on: May 07, 2011, 09:53:27 AM »

Thank you, I may do that.  Smiley
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« Reply #79 on: May 19, 2011, 01:45:00 PM »



He's not my patron saint but I recently read about Saint Mama's life in the Great Lives of the Saints (Chrysostom Press) and was very convicted. This young man's piety, strength, and love for God is inspiring and edifying. I suggest  to anyone who hasn't read his life to do so. I was in tears by the end of his account.
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He's not my patron saint but I recently read about Saint Mama's life in the Great Lives of the Saints (Chrysostom Press) and was very convicted. This young man's piety, strength, and love for God is inspiring and edifying. I suggest  to anyone who hasn't read his life to do so. I was in tears by the end of his account.

I also love the life of Mamas. I was actually considering him as my patron saint (my birthday is his feast day) but I guess I thought the name would sound too silly  Wink

Some other favorite lives of mine, in that same volume of the Great Collection, are St. Eustathius and St. John of Novgorod.
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« Reply #81 on: May 19, 2011, 06:04:10 PM »

Wow, riding a lion!  angel Grin
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« Reply #82 on: May 19, 2011, 08:20:50 PM »



He's not my patron saint but I recently read about Saint Mama's life in the Great Lives of the Saints (Chrysostom Press) and was very convicted. This young man's piety, strength, and love for God is inspiring and edifying. I suggest  to anyone who hasn't read his life to do so. I was in tears by the end of his account.

I also love the life of Mamas. I was actually considering him as my patron saint (my birthday is his feast day) but I guess I thought the name would sound too silly  Wink

Some other favorite lives of mine, in that same volume of the Great Collection, are St. Eustathius and St. John of Novgorod.

I'd imagine considering not only its meaning to us but the original meaning, breast.  laugh
I've only been through the first four or five days (St. John of Novgorod, or maybe Moses, was who I finished last) and I can't believe the impact those few days have had already! Plus outside of edification some of them are just awesome stories too. St. Symeon the Stylite was another great one.
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« Reply #83 on: May 26, 2011, 10:05:13 AM »

Here is St. Aba Samuel, a great Saint in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He rode a lion too!




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« Reply #84 on: May 26, 2011, 10:22:19 AM »

saint matthias, coz i joined the orthodox church on his feast day.
i didn't know it at the time, i already had a connection with him and was using his picture to post on another forum,
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« Reply #85 on: May 26, 2011, 10:51:23 AM »

My Patron Saint is St. Joseph since he is who I am named for (and also for my great-grandfather  Wink).  My birthday is also the birthday of the Theotokos, but since being named Mary would be inappropriate I guess St. Joseph is pretty appropriate as well!

Since I don't think one Patron Saint is enough, I have a few more.  St. John of Shanghai was the patron saint of my parent's house and I have kind of carried him with me as I have moved around.  I have also felt a particular closeness to St.s George and Nicholas, both of which are appropriate as well since I now go to St. Nicholas Church and the Church down in Kansas City that our Church ic close to is named St. George! 

My avatar is St. Olaf, King of Norway.  He is my friend's Patron Saint, but is another one I have liked for a while.  I have always like the Ikons of the Soldier Saints and this guy has an axe!  Traditionally it was an axe that killed St. Olaf at the Battle of Stiklestad.  He was one of the last Saints to be venerated by both the East and the West before the Schism.
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« Reply #86 on: December 26, 2012, 07:46:02 PM »

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St Brigid of Ireland and, secondarily, St Benedict of Nursia.



They both sort of adopted me when I moved to the UK from Greece and no longer had behind me the spiritual support network I was used to. St Brigid connected early, through my capacity as a writer, and St Benedict after certain reading and viewing on the retreats at Worth Abbey.
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« Reply #87 on: December 26, 2012, 07:49:09 PM »

When I officially become an Orthodox Christian someday (sooner rather than later, hopefully!), I want St. Moses to be my Patron. I pray to him quite a lot. Like many mentioned in this thread, I believe he chose me.


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« Reply #88 on: December 26, 2012, 08:16:20 PM »

When I officially become an Orthodox Christian someday (sooner rather than later, hopefully!), I want St. Moses to be my Patron. I pray to him quite a lot. Like many mentioned in this thread, I believe he chose me.

Name brothers!

I have the icon you posted above, but I think I am going to eventually mount this one:



It illustrates exactly the kind of repentance/humility I hope to one day manifest and currently fail to approach every day.
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« Reply #89 on: December 26, 2012, 08:20:27 PM »

When I officially become an Orthodox Christian someday (sooner rather than later, hopefully!), I want St. Moses to be my Patron. I pray to him quite a lot. Like many mentioned in this thread, I believe he chose me.

Name brothers!

I have the icon you posted above, but I think I am going to eventually mount this one:



It illustrates exactly the kind of repentance/humility I hope to one day manifest and currently fail to approach every day.


I like that one! Smiley

His story is so inspiring, and it reminds me not to fall into despair when I sin.
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« Reply #90 on: December 28, 2012, 04:06:05 PM »

The Holy Desert Father Anthony the Great


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« Reply #91 on: December 28, 2012, 06:24:32 PM »

i love saint moses and saint antony
 Smiley

i also love saint tomas:

he was a hermit who prayed a lot and fasted and learnt humility. God blessed him with the gift of prophecy and other spiritual gifts.
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« Reply #92 on: December 28, 2012, 07:35:30 PM »

By my name st. Dominica, deaconess (the 8th of January)




And my Slava - st. apostle and evangelist Luke (family patron that I received through my father - ages ago one of my Serbian ancestors was baptised on the day of st. Luke and probably he was given this name)
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« Reply #93 on: December 28, 2012, 08:05:46 PM »

And my Slava - st. apostle and evangelist Luke (family patron that I received through my father - ages ago one of my Serbian ancestors was baptised on the day of st. Luke and probably he was given this name)

That's my patron saint!!!!
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« Reply #94 on: December 29, 2012, 12:39:14 AM »

no time to post things now. My patron saint is Constantine the great. But I hate this name to be honest. I would rather be named Jordan instead.
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« Reply #95 on: December 29, 2012, 12:48:26 AM »

Everyone wants to be like mike.
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Everyone wants to be like mike.

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« Reply #97 on: December 29, 2012, 12:45:00 PM »

An American pop culture reference that's 20 years dated. Not a reference to you...Probably. But maybe. You're a pretty cool guy.
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« Reply #98 on: December 29, 2012, 01:57:48 PM »

Who'd want to be like Michael Jordan? Worst b-ball administrator eva! Obviously I was speaking of Michael Weston.
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« Reply #99 on: December 29, 2012, 04:33:53 PM »

St Genevieve, pictured in my avatar.
I grew up non-Orthodox, and I always wondered why my mother didn't give me the family name of Kathryn Genevieve, but instead Kathryn Amanda. When I was in my teens, I was watching the old musical of Camelot where Guinevere is praying to St Genevieve and I was like, "Whoah, there's a St Genevieve?". I looked her up, and her feast day is on my birthday. It felt like it was "meant to be".

St Winifred of Wales is the saint who I chose for my daughter.
My husband chose St Longinus, because he said that at one point (even fairly recently) in his life, it would have taken a miracle like Christ's blood falling on his eyes to remove his proverbial blindness to God and to faith.
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« Reply #100 on: February 12, 2014, 09:21:26 PM »

Gonna bump this up!

Atm, my Patron is St Paul the Simple, a Dessert Father and Disciple of St Anthony the Great.



However, when I am eventually Chrismated, I may decide to take on a new name of a Saint from the British Isles.

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St Alban, Proto-Martyr of England



St Chad of Mercia or St Chad of Lichfield



St Aidan of Lindesfarne



St Piran of Cornwall



I love all of these Saints
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« Reply #101 on: February 13, 2014, 05:33:10 AM »

My patron saint is St. Xenia of St. Petersburg.
My husband's is St. Romanus the Melodist.
My eldest daughter's is St Paraskeve.
My second eldest daughter's is St. Anna.
My son's is St. Seraphim of Sarov.
Our youngest daughter's is St. Kassiane.

We've had 2 more sons since I last posted.

Tazzy's patron saint is Gerasimos of Jordan.
Nash's patron saint is Isidore of Chios.
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« Reply #102 on: February 13, 2014, 01:02:28 PM »

I was baptized Ioan (Romanian version of John) as infant. It means "Yaweh is merciful" and is definitely something I stand for. Most people think of St. John The Baptist as my patron saint. I have him and St. John The Theologian whose theology I identify with, though, as my patron saints primarily. And all saints named John equally.
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« Reply #103 on: February 14, 2014, 09:52:19 AM »

St. Catherine the Great-Martyr!

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« Reply #105 on: February 14, 2014, 10:04:13 AM »

St Piran of Cornwall



Looks like the first female bishop.
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« Reply #106 on: February 14, 2014, 10:27:01 AM »

St Piran of Cornwall



Looks like the first female bishop.

I find him quite attractive. I wonder wherher we are allowed to have a crush on Saints.
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« Reply #107 on: February 14, 2014, 10:38:27 AM »

I like lots of the European saints too.  Smiley As it happens, my patron is the Theotokos.
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« Reply #108 on: February 14, 2014, 10:53:15 AM »

St Piran of Cornwall



Looks like the first female bishop.

Reminded me of someone...

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« Reply #109 on: February 14, 2014, 10:59:11 AM »

The patron saint of my family, according to the serbian tradition of "Slava" is Elias the prophet. --> http://kirilzlatanov.webs.com/photos/Ikoni/sv.Ilija.jpg

The patron saint personally have always been Saint John the Theologian, whose name I carry. Always loved his character of love and humility. Also the first gospel I opened as an atheist.

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My Patron Saint is St. Elizabeth, the mother of St. John the Forerunnerm and aunt to the Theotokos.  I love her humility, patience, hope and perseverance.  

As a little girl, I always told everyone that if I had a son, I would have named him John.  Smiley



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« Reply #112 on: February 14, 2014, 05:03:20 PM »

I also really like St. Brigid, since I am Irish on my father's side. I might pick her. Who will win, St. Brigid or St. Moses?  laugh
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