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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 [[saint]]s have been recorded.
 
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 [[saint]]s have been recorded.
  
List of Saints Called upon in the Orthodox church for special purposes.
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==Against Demons & Witchcraft==
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The following is a list of saints who are often called upon for special purposes.
* SS. Cyprian & Justina
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* St. Mitrophan of Voronezh
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* St. Theodore Sykeote
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==Against Drinking==
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==Against demons and witchcraft==  
* Holy Martyr Boniface & the Righteous Aglais
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* Ss. Cyprian & Justina ([[October 2]])
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* St. Mitrophan of Voronezh  ([[November 23]], [[August 7]])
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* St. [[Theodore the Sykeote]] ([[April 22]])
  
==Against the Plague==  
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==Against drinking==
* St. Bessarion of the Saviour, Archbishop of Larissa
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* Holy Martyr [[Boniface]] & the Righteous Aglais ([[June 5]])
* St. Haralambos
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* St. Marina the Great Martyr
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==Delivery from Sudden Death==
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==Against the plague==  
* St Barbara the Great Martyr  
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* St. Bessarion of the Saviour, Archbishop of Larissa ([[September 15]])
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* St. [[Haralambos]] ([[February 10]])
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* St. [[Marina of Antioch|Marina the Great Martyr]] ([[July 17]])
  
==For a Good End to One's Life==
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==Delivery from sudden death==
* Holy [[Archangel Michael]]
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* St. Barbara the Great Martyr ([[December 4]])
* St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople
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==For Animals & Livestock==  
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==For a good end to one's life==
* Holy Martyr Mamas
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* Holy [[Archangel Michael]] ([[November 8]])
* SS. Spevsippus, Elesippus & Melevsippus: horses
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* St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople ([[September 14]])
* St. George: cattle & herds
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* St. Modestus of Jerusalem
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* St. Parthenius of Radovysdius: cattle
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* St. Tryphon: geese
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==For Captives and Court Cases ==
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==For animals and livestock==  
* St. George the Great Martyr
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* Holy Martyr [[Mamas of Caesarea|Mamas]] ([[September 2]])
* St. Onouphrios the Great
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* Ss. Speusippus, Eleusippus, and Meleusippus: horses ([[January 16]])
* St. Peter of Athos
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* St. [[George the Trophy-bearer|George]]: cattle & herds ([[April 23]])
* St. Simeon the God-Receiver
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* St. Modestus of Jerusalem ([[December 18]])
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* St. Parthenius of Radovizlios: cattle ([[July 21]])
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* St. Tryphon: geese ([[February 1]])
  
==For Care & Protection of Infants==
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==For captives and court cases==
* St Stylianos
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* St. [[George the Trophy-bearer|George the Great Martyr]] (April 23)
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* St. Onouphrios the Great ([[June 12]])
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* St. Peter of Athos (June 12)
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* St. [[Simeon the God-receiver|Simeon the God-Receiver]] ([[February 3]])
  
==For Chastity & Help in Carnal Warfare==  
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==For care and protection of infants==
* Holy Martyr Ignatios of Athos  
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* St. Stylianos ([[November 26]])
* Holy Martyr Theodore the Byzantine  
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* St. Anysia the Virgin Martyr  
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==For chastity and help in carnal warfare==  
* St. Basil of Mangazea  
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* Holy Martyr Ignatios of Athos ([[October 8]])
* St. Demetrios the Great Martyr  
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* Holy Martyr Theodore the Byzantine ([[February 17]])
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* St. Anysia the Virgin Martyr ([[December 30]])
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* St. Basil of Mangazea ([[March 23]])
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* St. [[Demetrios of Thessaloniki|Demetrios the Great Martyr]] ([[October 26]])
 
* St. John the Forerunner  
 
* St. John the Forerunner  
 
* St. John the Much-Suffering  
 
* St. John the Much-Suffering  
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* St. Thomais  
 
* St. Thomais  
  
==For Church-Chanting ==
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==For children==
* SS. Leonty & Geronty, Canonarchs of Kievo-Pechersk  
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* St. [[Nicholas of Myra]] ([[December 6]])
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==For church chanting ==
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* Ss. Leonty & Geronty, Canonarchs of Kievo-Pechersk  
 
* St. John Koukouzelis  
 
* St. John Koukouzelis  
 
* St. Romanos the Melodist  
 
* St. Romanos the Melodist  
 
* St. Theodosius of Chernigov  
 
* St. Theodosius of Chernigov  
  
==For Cobblers==
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==For cobblers==
* St Eustathius the Cobbler of Georgia  
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* St. Eustathius the Cobbler of Georgia  
  
==For Ears==  
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==For ears==  
* St Spyridon the Wonderworker  
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* St. Spyridon the Wonderworker  
  
==For Eyes==  
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==For eyes==  
* St Lucia of Sicily  
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* St. Lucia of Sicily  
* St Paraskevi
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* St. Paraskevi
  
==For Finding Employment==
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==For finding employment==
 
* St. Xenia of St. Petersburg  
 
* St. Xenia of St. Petersburg  
  
==For Finding Things==
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==For finding things==
* St Menas the Great Martyr of Egypt
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* St. Menas the Great Martyr of Egypt
* St [[Phanourios]] the Great Martyr  
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* St. [[Phanourios]] the Great Martyr  
 
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==For Guilelessness & Simplicity==
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==For guilelessness and simplicity==
 
* Holy Apostle Nathaniel  
 
* Holy Apostle Nathaniel  
 
* St. Paul the Simple
 
* St. Paul the Simple
  
==For Headaches==  
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==For headaches==  
 
* Holy New Martyr Demas of Smyrna  
 
* Holy New Martyr Demas of Smyrna  
  
==For Help Against Quick-Temper & Despondency ==
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==For help against quick-temper and despondency ==
 
* St. Tikhon of Zadonsk  
 
* St. Tikhon of Zadonsk  
  
==For Help in Distress, Poverty, Etc. ==
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==For help in distress or poverty==
 
* St. John of Kronstadt  
 
* St. John of Kronstadt  
 
* St. John the Almsgiver of Alexandria  
 
* St. John the Almsgiver of Alexandria  
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* St. Nicholas the Wonderworker  
 
* St. Nicholas the Wonderworker  
  
==For Help in Studies==  
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==For help in studies==  
 
* St. John of Kronstadt  
 
* St. John of Kronstadt  
 
* St. Justin the Philosopher  
 
* St. Justin the Philosopher  
 
* St. Nestor the Chronicler of Kievo-Pechersk  
 
* St. Nestor the Chronicler of Kievo-Pechersk  
 
* St. Sergius of Radonezh  
 
* St. Sergius of Radonezh  
*Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian  
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* Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian  
  
==For Hernias & Intestinal Disorders ==
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==For hernias and intestinal disorders ==
 
* Holy Great Martyr Artemius  
 
* Holy Great Martyr Artemius  
* St Artemius of Verkola  
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* St. Artemius of Verkola  
  
==For [[Iconographers]]==
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==For [[iconographers]]==
* St Alypius of Kievo-Pechersk  
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* St. Alypius of Kievo-Pechersk  
* St [[Apostle Luke|Luke the Apostle]] and Evangelist  
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* St. [[Apostle Luke|Luke the Apostle]] and Evangelist  
* St John of Damascus  
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* St. John of Damascus  
  
==For Marital Difficulties==
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==For marital difficulties==
 
* Holy Martyrs Shamuna, Guria & Habib  
 
* Holy Martyrs Shamuna, Guria & Habib  
* SS Peter & Febronia of Muron (also for newlyweds)  
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* Ss. Peter & Febronia of Muron (also for newlyweds)  
  
==For Meeting a Difficult Situation, an Interview, Etc. ==
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==For meeting a difficult situation==
 
* Holy Archangel Raphael  
 
* Holy Archangel Raphael  
* SS. Cosmas & Damian & their brothers Anthimus, Leontius & Evropius of Arabia  
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* Ss. Cosmas and Damian and their brothers Anthimus, Leontius, and Evropius of Arabia  
* SS. Cosmas & Damian & their mother Thodoti of Asia Minor  
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* Ss. Cosmas and Damian and their mother Thodoti of Asia Minor  
* SS. Cosmas & Damian of Rome  
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* Ss. Cosmas and Damian of Rome  
* SS. Cyrus & John of Alexandria  
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* Ss. Cyrus and John of Alexandria  
* SS. Panteleimon & Hermolaus  
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* Ss. Panteleimon and Hermolaus  
 
* St. Anicetus  
 
* St. Anicetus  
* St. David the Prophet, Psalmist & King  
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* St. David the Prophet, Psalmist, and King  
 
* St. Diomedes the Healer  
 
* St. Diomedes the Healer  
 
* St. John of Kronstadt  
 
* St. John of Kronstadt  
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* St. Thallelaus  
 
* St. Thallelaus  
 
* St. Zotious the Orphan-Keeper  
 
* St. Zotious the Orphan-Keeper  
* The Holy Unmercenaries & Healers  
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* The Holy Unmercenaries and Healers  
  
==For Mental Disorders==  
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==For mental disorders==  
 
* St. Anastasia  
 
* St. Anastasia  
 
* St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia: the possessed  
 
* St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia: the possessed  
 
* St. Naum of Ochrid  
 
* St. Naum of Ochrid  
  
==For Patient Endurance of Affliction==
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==For patient endurance of affliction==
 
* Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia: especially in freezing cold weather  
 
* Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia: especially in freezing cold weather  
 
* Holy Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorion  
 
* Holy Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorion  
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==For Perfumers==
 
==For Perfumers==
* St Abo the Perfumer of Georgia  
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* St. Abo the Perfumer of Georgia  
  
==For Physicians==
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==For physicians==
* St Panteleimon  
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* St. Panteleimon  
 
* The Holy Unmercenaries  
 
* The Holy Unmercenaries  
 
* St Agapit the Physician of Kievo-Pechersk  
 
* St Agapit the Physician of Kievo-Pechersk  
  
==For Protection Against Thieves==
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==For protection against thieves==
 
* St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Kievo-Pechersk  
 
* St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Kievo-Pechersk  
  
==For Protection of Crops from Pests ==
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==For protection of crops from pests ==
 
* St. Gerasimos the New Ascetic  
 
* St. Gerasimos the New Ascetic  
 
* St. Michael of Synnada  
 
* St. Michael of Synnada  
  
==For Protection of Gardens Against Pests==  
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==For protection of gardens against pests==  
 
* Holy Great Martyr Tryphon: also for hunters and Patron of Moscow  
 
* Holy Great Martyr Tryphon: also for hunters and Patron of Moscow  
  
==For Safe Childbirth==
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==For safe childbirth==
* St Eleutherios  
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* St. Eleutherios  
  
==For Soldiers==
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==For soldiers==
 
* Holy [[Archangel Michael]]  
 
* Holy [[Archangel Michael]]  
* St Barbara the Great Martyr  
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* St. Barbara the Great Martyr  
* St [[George the Trophybearer|George]] the Great Martyr
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* St. [[George the Trophybearer|George]] the Great Martyr
* St Titus the Soldier of Kievo-Pechersk  
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* St. Titus the Soldier of Kievo-Pechersk  
  
==For Spiritual Help, Consolation & Compunction==  
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==For spiritual help, consolation, and compunction==  
 
* St [[Alexios the Man of God]]
 
* St [[Alexios the Man of God]]
 
* St Ephraim the Syrian
 
* St Ephraim the Syrian
 
* St Seraphim of Sarov  
 
* St Seraphim of Sarov  
  
==For Stone-workers==
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==For stone-workers==
* Holy Martyrs Florus & Laurus  
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* Holy Martyrs Florus and Laurus  
  
==For Teeth ==
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==For teeth==
* St Antipas of Pergamum  
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* St. Antipas of Pergamum  
  
==For the Kitchen, Home==  
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==For the kitchen and home==  
* SS Spyridon & Nikodim of Kievo-Pechersk*: Prosphora making  
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* Ss. Spyridon and Nikodim of Kievo-Pechersk: Prosphora making  
* St Euphrosynos the Cook  
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* St. Euphrosynos the Cook  
* St Juliana Lazarevskaya  
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* St. Juliana Lazarevskaya  
* St Prochor of Kievo-Pechersk  
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* St. Prochor of Kievo-Pechersk  
* St Sergius of Radonezh: for baking  
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* St. Sergius of Radonezh: for baking  
  
==For Throat ==
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==For the throat==
 
* St. Blaise of Sebastia  
 
* St. Blaise of Sebastia  
  
==For Trading==
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==For trading==
* St Paraskevi
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* St. Paraskevi
  
==For Travelers==
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==For travelers==
* St John the Russian: for transport, auto, busses
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* St. John the Russian: for transport, auto, buses
* St Nicholas: in general, & specifically for sea travel  
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* St. Nicholas: in general, and specifically for sea travel  
* St Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople: for safety at sea  
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* St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople: for safety at sea  
  
==For Workers in Hospitals==  
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==For workers in hospitals==  
 
* Holy Unmercenaries  
 
* Holy Unmercenaries  
 
* St. Dositheus, Disciple of Abba Dorotheus  
 
* St. Dositheus, Disciple of Abba Dorotheus  
  
==For Young People==
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==For young people==
 
* Holy Great Martyr Demetrios the Wonderworker  
 
* Holy Great Martyr Demetrios the Wonderworker  
  
==To Have a Child==
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==To have a child==
* St Anna, Mother of the Theotokos  
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* St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos  
* St Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner  
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* St. Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner  
* St Irene Chrysovolantou
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* St. Irene Chrysovolantou
* St Sabbas the Sanctified of Palestine
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* St. Sabbas the Sanctified of Palestine
* St Symeon the Myrrh-streamer, father of St. Savva of Serbia  
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* St. Symeon the Myrrh-streamer, father of St. Savva of Serbia  
  
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==Source==
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*[http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/inhome/pray2sts.htm Saints Called upon for Special Purposes]
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

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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.

Contents

Against demons and witchcraft

Against drinking

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

  • Holy Martyr Ignatios of Athos (October 8)
  • Holy Martyr Theodore the Byzantine (February 17)
  • St. Anysia the Virgin Martyr (December 30)
  • St. Basil of Mangazea (March 23)
  • St. Demetrios the Great Martyr (October 26)
  • St. John the Forerunner
  • St. John the Much-Suffering
  • St. Joseph the All-Comely
  • St. Martinian
  • St. Mary of Egypt
  • St. Moses the Hungarian
  • St. Susanna [Old Testament]
  • St. Thomais

For children

For church chanting

  • Ss. Leonty & Geronty, Canonarchs of Kievo-Pechersk
  • St. John Koukouzelis
  • St. Romanos the Melodist
  • St. Theodosius of Chernigov

For cobblers

  • St. Eustathius the Cobbler of Georgia

For ears

  • St. Spyridon the Wonderworker

For eyes

  • St. Lucia of Sicily
  • St. Paraskevi

For finding employment

  • St. Xenia of St. Petersburg

For finding things

  • St. Menas the Great Martyr of Egypt
  • St. Phanourios the Great Martyr

For guilelessness and simplicity

  • Holy Apostle Nathaniel
  • St. Paul the Simple

For headaches

  • Holy New Martyr Demas of Smyrna

For help against quick-temper and despondency

  • St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

For help in distress or poverty

  • St. John of Kronstadt
  • St. John the Almsgiver of Alexandria
  • St. Martin of Tours, the Merciful
  • St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

For help in studies

  • St. John of Kronstadt
  • St. Justin the Philosopher
  • St. Nestor the Chronicler of Kievo-Pechersk
  • St. Sergius of Radonezh
  • Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian

For hernias and intestinal disorders

  • Holy Great Martyr Artemius
  • St. Artemius of Verkola

For iconographers

  • St. Alypius of Kievo-Pechersk
  • St. Luke the Apostle and Evangelist
  • St. John of Damascus

For marital difficulties

  • Holy Martyrs Shamuna, Guria & Habib
  • Ss. Peter & Febronia of Muron (also for newlyweds)

For meeting a difficult situation

  • Holy Archangel Raphael
  • Ss. Cosmas and Damian and their brothers Anthimus, Leontius, and Evropius of Arabia
  • Ss. Cosmas and Damian and their mother Thodoti of Asia Minor
  • Ss. Cosmas and Damian of Rome
  • Ss. Cyrus and John of Alexandria
  • Ss. Panteleimon and Hermolaus
  • St. Anicetus
  • St. David the Prophet, Psalmist, and King
  • St. Diomedes the Healer
  • St. John of Kronstadt
  • St. Julian the Martyr
  • St. Mocius
  • St. Nectarios of Aegina
  • St. Thallelaus
  • St. Zotious the Orphan-Keeper
  • The Holy Unmercenaries and Healers

For mental disorders

  • St. Anastasia
  • St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia: the possessed
  • St. Naum of Ochrid

For patient endurance of affliction

  • Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia: especially in freezing cold weather
  • Holy Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorion
  • Righteous Job the Much-Suffering
  • St. Eustathius Placidas & Family
  • St. Pimen the Much-Suffering of Kievo-Pechersk

For Perfumers

  • St. Abo the Perfumer of Georgia

For physicians

  • St. Panteleimon
  • The Holy Unmercenaries
  • St Agapit the Physician of Kievo-Pechersk

For protection against thieves

  • St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Kievo-Pechersk

For protection of crops from pests

  • St. Gerasimos the New Ascetic
  • St. Michael of Synnada

For protection of gardens against pests

  • Holy Great Martyr Tryphon: also for hunters and Patron of Moscow

For safe childbirth

  • St. Eleutherios

For soldiers

  • Holy Archangel Michael
  • St. Barbara the Great Martyr
  • St. George the Great Martyr
  • St. Titus the Soldier of Kievo-Pechersk

For spiritual help, consolation, and compunction

For stone-workers

  • Holy Martyrs Florus and Laurus

For teeth

  • St. Antipas of Pergamum

For the kitchen and home

  • Ss. Spyridon and Nikodim of Kievo-Pechersk: Prosphora making
  • St. Euphrosynos the Cook
  • St. Juliana Lazarevskaya
  • St. Prochor of Kievo-Pechersk
  • St. Sergius of Radonezh: for baking

For the throat

  • St. Blaise of Sebastia

For trading

  • St. Paraskevi

For travelers

  • St. John the Russian: for transport, auto, buses
  • St. Nicholas: in general, and specifically for sea travel
  • St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople: for safety at sea

For workers in hospitals

  • Holy Unmercenaries
  • St. Dositheus, Disciple of Abba Dorotheus

For young people

  • Holy Great Martyr Demetrios the Wonderworker

To have a child

  • St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos
  • St. Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner
  • St. Irene Chrysovolantou
  • St. Sabbas the Sanctified of Palestine
  • St. Symeon the Myrrh-streamer, father of St. Savva of Serbia

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