Sometimes it can be difficult to navigate through the temptations of everyday life. That’s why we wear medals of patron saints; to invoke the wisdom of the saints to help guide us past traps we might otherwise fall into. Each of us has our own set of problems and pitfalls to deal with in life, which is why each of us needs our own patron saint. So how do you find the right patron saint medal for you? It is easy! There are literally hundreds of saints, and with so many to choose from, you’re sure to find a saint medal that represents you perfectly.
Examples of patron saints:
There are many patron saints depicted on saint medals. To choose the right one for you, you simply have to find the one that best represents you and your life. Here are some examples of patron saints:
San Francisco de Asis: born c. 1181 in Assisi, Italy. In 1206, Saint Francis made a pilgrimage to Rome and, on his return, he dedicated his life to poverty and caring for the sick. In 1209 he founded the Franciscan order and in 1224 he received the stigmata. He died in 1226 and was canonized in 1228. Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, ecology, and peace.
St. Patrick: born c. 389 somewhere in Roman Britain. At the age of sixteen, Saint Patrick was captured by Irish raiders and held captive for six years. He was consecrated a bishop by Saint Germain c. 432, and returned to Ireland to succeed St. Paulinus. Saint Patrick is well known for converting the Irish to Christianity. he died c. 461. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and of excluded people.
St. Helen: born c. 250 at Drepanum, Bithynia. She married the Roman general Constantius Chlorus c. 270, and she gave birth to Constantine, who would later become emperor of Rome, c. 280. In 313, Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, allowing Christianity in the Roman Empire. Around the same time, Saint Helena converted to Christianity. She traveled to Palestine c. 324, and while there she is said to have discovered the True Cross. she died c. 330 and was buried in Constantinople. Saint Helena is the patron saint of archaeologists and converts.
San Cristobal: According to legend, Saint Christopher was an ugly giant who made his living carrying people across a river. His quest was to find someone more powerful than himself, and after many years of searching, he decided that it could only be Christ, since the devil feared the Savior. One day, while he was carrying a child across the river, the child became so heavy that Saint Christopher feared that they would drown. The boy then revealed that he was Christ, and that the heaviness was the weight of the world that he carried on his shoulders. Saint Christopher is said to have died in Lycia c. 251. Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travellers.
Santo Domingo: born in 1170 in Calaruega, Spain. Santo Domingo was appointed canon of Osma in 1199. In 1206 he founded an institute for women in the Albigensian territory of Prouille. In 1214 he founded an order to convert the Albigensian heretics. In 1215 he founded the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. Saint Dominic died in 1221 and was canonized in 1234. Legend has it that Dominic received a vision from a beggar who, like Dominic, would do great things for the faith. Dominic puts the beggar up the next day. He hugged him and said, “You are my companion and you must walk with me. If we stick together, no earthly power will be able to resist us.” The beggar was Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers, scientists, and the falsely accused.
San Miguel: Saint Michael is one of the three angels, with Gabriel and Raphael, liturgically venerated by the Church. He is the leader of the Heavenly Host and the Archangel who expelled Lucifer from Heaven. Saint Michael is the patron saint of artists, bakers, bankers, knights, sailors, ambulance drivers, paramedics, and warriors.
St. Jude: Saint Jude was the brother of Santiago, nephew of Mary and Joseph, and first cousin of Jesus Christ. It was Saint Jude who anointed the body of Christ after the Crucifixion. After Christ’s death, Judas preached in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia, where he was martyred along with Saint Simeon. St. Jude is the patron saint of hospitals and lost causes.
These are just a few examples of the Many Patron saints. There are so many saints, representing so many different aspects of life, that you will have no problem finding the right saint medal for you. Here is a good page to see the different types of patron saint medals.
Where is the best place to buy patron saint medals?
To get an idea of the different styles and prices that are available in patron saint medals it is best to check them out online before shopping at local jewelry stores.
Retail jewelers sometimes have a small selection of saint medals, but you are more likely to find a larger selection online. Simply type “patron saint medals” into an Internet search engine like Google or Yahoo and you’ll find several reputable websites that specialize in patron saint medals.
The cost of patron saint medals depends on many variables. In solid 14-karat yellow or white gold, patron saint medals should cost between $40 and $200, depending on size.
The guide of the saints:
We all could use a little help sometimes; a guiding hand to guide us through the pitfalls of life. Our patron saints are the ones we turn to in our times of need. Our patron saints are the ones who offer us the guidance we seek. This is the reason we wear holy medals; to honor and revere our patron saints.