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#57668 08/03/06 01:29 PM
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Though I was chrismated on Lazarus Saturday of this year, I never chose a patron saint. I'd still really like to do so, but I'm having trouble deciding who to choose. My priest descirbed one's patron saint simply as "someone who you admire and want to emulate." Unfortunately, I'm not very familiar with the specifics of many of the saint's lives. Can anyone point me to a book or website that offers brief biographies on different saints, eastern or western? Any tips for choosing a patron saint?

God bless,

Chris

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Dear Chris,

The OCA website is a good one for Eastern saints www.oca.org [oca.org] and then there is Catholic Saints Online etc.

It is traditional to take the name of the saint whose feast is celebrated closest to one's baptism/chrismation date. Indeed, I understand that the patrons of new Churches were declared on the basis of the particular saint commemorated on the day that the Church was consecrated.

It was actually forbidden by the early Church to celebrate birthdays. Instead, one celebrate one's patron saint's day as the anniversary of one's baptism and "birthday" into the Church. Saints are also celebrated on their "birthday" into heaven.

Perhaps you would like to review the list of Saints commemorated on the day of your chrismation, review their lives and choose one of them? Or someone close to that date?

One may choose anyone, but I do believe that saints often "choose us."

Even more importantly is to have a very close spiritual relationship with our saint, meditating on his or her life, invoking and praising them as Temples of the Holy Spirit and our special intercessors that they are.

Then when we really need a friend in times of crisis, such a saint will help us directly, even, as some have written, to the point of appearing to us physically to reassure us.

I know that that can happen - that's all I'll say about it.

And St Lazarus would be a great patron for you!

In fact, just as he was brought to life by Christ, so you too, on the day of your Chrismation, experienced a similar thing spiritually!

On that day, Christ Himself called to you, "Chris, come forth!"

Alex

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Alex,

Once again, you come through as a source of invaluable wisdom and insight! Thank you for the recommendations. I've spent the last two days combing through both websites reading about the lives of various saints, both eastern and western. It's been an enlightening experience.

Following your suggestion, I dug up my chrismation and baptismal certificates and realized that I was chrismated on April 15, 2006--Holy Saturday, not Lazarus Saturday. Though the christmation was originally planned for Lazarus Saturday, I had to postpone it at the last minute so that family could attend. You're right, though; Lazarus, by his resurrection, his suffering "so that others may believe", and his close friendship with our Lord, would make quite the patron saint! Incidentally, my baptism occurred on November 4, 1984.

I looked at the saints whose lives are celebrated on both days, and all were inspiring. One individual, however, seems to cling tenaciously to the forefront of my thoughts and spirit. He exemplifies everything I hope for as a Christian. Unfortunately, he is neither an official saint nor is he commemorated on April 15th or November 4th.

He was declared "Blessed" only recently. Can one adopt a blessed individual as his patron saint?

God bless,

Chris

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The Pope said he IS in Heaven and is worthy of being considered an example to the faithful. So if he is a person of interest to you then go for it. He has his own special day in the Church calendar. What more do you want???? biggrin

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Chris,

How about doing what many Orthodox cultures do, and actually taking the saint which you are named after (even if that wasn't the original intent of your name) as your patron?

It could be St. John Chrysostom, Christ Himself, (feast day: Christmas), or St. Christopher.

Regards,
Alice

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Our grandson is named William Marley. I knew there was a St. William, but hummm, Marley? It took day s of searching and finding ways to plug things into google to find him, but I did, St Thibauld de Marley.

He was an abbott at a monastery in France. Many healings came through his intercession and the one he is most known for is St. King Louis. Here is wife was sterile and could not have children. So from his interecssion and gift of healing the king had a very large family.

Though the monastery is now a fancy resort hotel. I guess there is a spring on it, that is known for miraculous cures because of his intercession.


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