Patron saint

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This page is for saints who may be called upon for particular purposes. For a list of saints that can be used for being named after in Baptism, see Baptismal names

A patron saint is regarded as the intercessor and advocate in heaven of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, or person. Since the time of the early Christians up to the present, a vast number of patron saints have been recorded.

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The following is a list of saints who are often called upon for special purposes.

Against demons and witchcraft

Against drinking, drug addiction, smoking

Against leprosy

Against the plague

Delivery from sudden death

For a good end to one's life

For animals and livestock

For captives and court cases

For care and protection of infants

For chastity and help in carnal warfare

For children

For church chanting

For cobblers

  • St. Eustathius the Cobbler of Georgia (July 29)

For ears

For eyes

For finding employment

For finding things

For guilelessness and simplicity

For skyn, hands and feet disorders

For sleep disorders, insomnia

  • Saint Marcel, founder of the "Monastery of the Achimites" - excessive sleepiness (December 29)
  • Seven Holy Youths (Sleepers) of Ephesus - insomnia (August 4)

For headaches

  • Holy New Martyr Demas of Smyrna (April 10)

For help against quick-temper and despondency

For help in distress or poverty

For help in studies

For hernias, stomach and intestinal disorders

For iconographers

  • St. Ignatius the icon painter (September 2)
  • St. Luke the Apostle and Evangelist (October 18)
  • St. Theodore the Studite (November 11)
  • St. Lazarus the Painter (November 17)
  • St. Theodore, Archbishop of Rostov (November 28)
  • St. John of Damascus (December 4)
  • Our father among Saints Gregory III, Pope of Rome (December 10)
  • St. Peter, Metropolitan of Kiev, Moscow and All Russia (December 21)
  • St. Macarius, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (December 31)
  • The Holy Empress Theodora, Restorer of Orthodoxy (February 11)
  • Theophanes the Confessor (March 12)
  • St. Adrian of Poshekhonye, the Iconographer (March 15)
  • Our father among the Saints Germanus I, Patriarch of Constantinople (May 12)
  • St. Dionysius, Abbot of Glushitsa, Vologda (June 1)
  • Saint Hierarch Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople (June 2)
  • St. Daniel Chorny the icon painter (June 13)
  • St. Andrei Rublev (July 4)
  • St. Basil Kalika, Archbishop of Veliki Novgorod and Pskov (July 16)
  • St. Pafnuty-Pârvu the Painter from Robaia Monastery (August 7)
  • St. Gregory the icon painter from Kiev Pecerska Lavra (August 8)
  • Holy Martyr for the Holy Icons Anthony of Alexandria (August 9)
  • Holy Martyrs for the Holy Icons Julian of Constantinople and Marcian, John, James, Alexius, Demetrius, Photius, Peter, Leontius, Maria the Patrician, the Protospatharios (“Sword-Captain”) Gregory and those with them (August 9)
  • St. Alypius of Kiev Pechersk Lavra (August 17)

For marital difficulties

  • Venerable Schema-monastics Cyril and Mary (January 18), parents of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (September 25).
  • Ss. Peter and Febronia of Muron: also for newlyweds (June 25)
  • Holy Martyrs Samonas, Gurias, and Abibus (November 15)

For meeting a difficult situation

For mental disorders

For patient endurance of affliction

For perfumers

For physicians

  • St. Panteleimon (July 27)
  • The Holy Unmercenaries
  • St Agapit the Physician of Kievo-Pechersk (June 1)

For protection against thieves

For protection of gardens and crops from pests

  • St. Paraskeve of Serbia: against locusts, beetles (October 14)
  • St. Gerasimos the New Ascetic (October 20)
  • Holy Great Martyr Tryphon: also for hunters and Patron of Moscow (February 1)
  • St. Michael of Synnada (May 23)

For gardeners

  • Holy Martyr Phocas the Gardener of Sinope (September 22)
  • Holy Martyr Conon the Gardener of Pamphylia (March 5)
  • Holy New Martyr Michael Baknanás, the Gardener of Athens (June 30)
  • Holy Martyr Serenus the Gardener (August 9?)
  • St. Fiacre of Breuil (August 30)

For safe childbirth

For soldiers

For spiritual help, consolation, and compunction

For stone-workers

For teeth

For the kitchen and home

For the throat

For trading

  • St. Paraskevi (July 26)

For travelers

  • St. John the Russian: for transport, auto, buses (May 27)
  • St. Nicholas: in general, and specifically for sea travel (December 6)
  • St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople: for safety at sea (August 11)

For workers in hospitals

For young people

  • Holy Great Martyr Demetrios the Wonderworker (October 26)

To have a child

Of the Internet


See also