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[[Image:All saints.jpg|right|frame|All saints icon]] A '''saint''' (from Latin, ''sanctus'') is one who is '''holy''', that is, set apart for God's service. It is a person who has cooperated with God's grace to the extent that his or her holiness is beyond doubt.
==Saints in the Bible==
 
In the [[Holy Scripture]], the word ''saint'' is used to refer to those who have been set apart for the service of God, consecrated for his purposes. As such, all members of the [[Church]] are called ''saints'', regardless of their personal holiness or sinlessness. It is still appropriate to use the term in this way.
==Saints in the Church==
 
Aside from the more general use of the word ''saint'' to refer to all members of the Church, [[Holy Tradition]] also ascribes ''Saint'' as a title to particular persons whose lives have shown most clearly what it means to follow [[Jesus Christ]]. These saints are popularly [[glorification|glorified]] (canonized) by the Church, often in the modern era with a formal service to recognize and affirm the [[veneration]] of them by the faithful.
Saints are not thought of as either perfect or infallible, and it is only because of the work of Christ in them that the Church praises these people. It is because we see our Lord's countenance reflected most clearly in their faces that we publicly laud them, ask them to pray for us, and encourage one another to follow their examples.
==Particular Saints==  ===Angels=== ====The [[Angels]]====  ====The [[Archangels]]====  *[[Gabriel]] *[[Michael]] ===Saints Recognition of the Old Covenant=saints== *[[Adam]]*[[Elijah]]*[[Eve]]*[[Moses]] *The [[Prophets]] *[[John the Baptist]]  ===Saints people of the New Covenant=== ====[[The Theotokos]]====  ====[[The Apostles]]====  *[[St. Andrew]]*[[St. Peter]]  ====Those [[Equal-to-apostles]]==== ====[[Our Fathers Among the Saints]]==== *[[Stchurch do not create saints, they recognize as saints those whom God himself has glorified, seeing in their lives true love for God and their neighbors. John Chrysostom]]  ====[[Modern Wonderworkers]]====
*From the beginning, the Church recognized the righteous ancestors of Christ, [[Stforefather]]s, as grace-filled men and women whose lives were pleasing to God. Dionysios of ZakynthosAlso the [[prophet]]s who predicted Christ's coming and the [[apostles]] and [[evangelist]] s who proclaimed the Gospel were assumed to be saints.
====Next the [[Western Saintsmartyrs]]====and [[confessor]]s who risked their lives and shed their blood in witness to Christ were also recognized as saints.
*In time, [[Stascetic]]s who followed Christ through self denial, were numbered among the saints. Patrick [[Bishops]] and [[priests]] who fought against [[heresy]] and proclaimed the true faith are recognized by the Church as saints.
==The [[Calendar Today, holy people, in all walks of Saints]]== life, can be recognized as saints.
{{stub}}==See also==*[[:Category:Saints|List of Saints]]*[[Church Calendar]]*[[Saint titles]]==External links==*[http://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article8044.asp The Saints of the Orthodox Church] *[http://www.oca.org/FSIndex.asp?SID=4 Feasts and Saints]*[http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/readings/beginning2/saints.shtml How Saints are Called]
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