St. Michael the Archangel
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!
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.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_the_Russian
( P.S. -- I apologize for the long post! )