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Offline John The Ninja

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How do I pick a Patron Saint?
« on: April 28, 2011, 11:52:27 PM »
Hello everyone  :)

As the title suggests, I'm looking for a Patron Saint.  It's very possible that I do not fully understand exactly what a Patron Saint is.  If my understanding is correct, it's a Saint that will intercede for you.  It is someone you can ask to pray for you.

I hope my understanding is correct.

I had read that your Patron Saint is supposed to be someone who has one (or more) of the following characteristics

1)  His / Her name day is very close to your birthday
2)  Lived in an area very close to where your live (or where your Church is)
3)  Has qualities that you want / need in your life

My Saint (if I am allowed to pick this particular person), falls into category #3 for me.

Please hear me out first.  Constantine the Great is considered a Saint of the Orthodox Church.  He has all the qualities I need in my life.  He was brave.  He did himself what he asked of others.  Being outnumbered, he was unflinchingly brave and would be willing to fight for what he knew was right.  Most importantly (and very similar to previous example), when he was surrounded by people who didn't believe what he believed, he never compromised on his beliefs...he remained faithful.  Durring his reign, only 10% of the Roman Empire was Christian, which mean 90% of people would have disagreed with him, yet he never let that interfere with his faith.

Those are the exact qualities I want.  Is he qualified to be a Patron Saint?

Thank you in advance.

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Re: How do I pick a Patron Saint?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2011, 11:58:52 PM »
Sounds like you're on the right track :) And the Church has glorified St. Constantine, so I wouldn't dream of arguing that he shouldn't be someone's patron saint. But you know best whether it is the best fit for you. Some questions to ask yourself: Will you be using the name in non-Church contexts? If so, how will people respond? Will your priest be ok with the choice? Will you be ok if you find out something that doesn't put him in an especially good light? Does it just seem right... not in an emotional/feely sense, but in terms of spiritual discernment? 

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Re: How do I pick a Patron Saint?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2011, 12:06:10 PM »
Your second feature seems impractical to me.

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Re: How do I pick a Patron Saint?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2011, 12:15:15 PM »
Your second feature seems impractical to me.

Why do you say that? It seems to me quite common for people in this area or that to lean towards particular saints, such that you end up with large portions of the population with the same name in this or that area.

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Re: How do I pick a Patron Saint?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2011, 12:21:49 PM »
Your second feature seems impractical to me.

Why do you say that? It seems to me quite common for people in this area or that to lean towards particular saints, such that you end up with large portions of the population with the same name in this or that area.

How many Saints can you choose from within the 100-mile range?
« Last Edit: April 29, 2011, 12:22:02 PM by Michał Kalina »

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Re: How do I pick a Patron Saint?
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2011, 12:23:50 PM »
Your name is John, yes?  Why not a St. John?
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Re: How do I pick a Patron Saint?
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2011, 12:24:22 PM »
Me? 1 -- St. Alexis Toth.  If I lived in Greece, Russia, etc. it would be a different story, though.