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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...





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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)

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

St. Seraphim of Sarov


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

Saint Basil, "Archbishop of Caesaria at Cappadocia, and Great Hierarch"
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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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