Patron saint

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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.

List of Saints Called upon in the Orthodox church for special purposes.

Against Demons & Witchcraft

  • SS. Cyprian & Justina
  • St. Mitrophan of Voronezh
  • St. Theodore Sykeote

Against Drinking

  • Holy Martyr Boniface & the Righteous Aglais

Against the Plague

  • St. Bessarion of the Saviour, Archbishop of Larissa
  • St. Haralambos
  • St. Marina the Great Martyr

Delivery from Sudden Death

  • St Barbara the Great Martyr

For a Good End to One's Life

For Animals & Livestock

  • Holy Martyr Mamas
  • SS. Spevsippus, Elesippus & Melevsippus: horses
  • St. George: cattle & herds
  • St. Modestus of Jerusalem
  • St. Parthenius of Radovysdius: cattle
  • St. Tryphon: geese

For Captives and Court Cases

  • St. George the Great Martyr
  • St. Onouphrios the Great
  • St. Peter of Athos
  • St. Simeon the God-Receiver

For Care & Protection of Infants

  • St Stylianos

For Chastity & Help in Carnal Warfare

  • Holy Martyr Ignatios of Athos
  • Holy Martyr Theodore the Byzantine
  • St. Anysia the Virgin Martyr
  • St. Basil of Mangazea
  • St. Demetrios the Great Martyr
  • 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 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 & Simplicity

  • Holy Apostle Nathaniel
  • St. Paul the Simple

For Headaches

  • Holy New Martyr Demas of Smyrna

For Help Against Quick-Temper & Despondency

  • St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

For Help in Distress, Poverty, Etc.

  • 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 & 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, an Interview, Etc.

  • Holy Archangel Raphael
  • SS. Cosmas & Damian & their brothers Anthimus, Leontius & Evropius of Arabia
  • SS. Cosmas & Damian & their mother Thodoti of Asia Minor
  • SS. Cosmas & Damian of Rome
  • SS. Cyrus & John of Alexandria
  • SS. Panteleimon & Hermolaus
  • St. Anicetus
  • St. David the Prophet, Psalmist & 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 & 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 & Compunction

For Stone-workers

  • Holy Martyrs Florus & Laurus

For Teeth

  • St Antipas of Pergamum

For the Kitchen, Home

  • SS Spyridon & 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 Throat

  • St. Blaise of Sebastia

For Trading

  • St Paraskevi

For Travelers

  • St John the Russian: for transport, auto, busses
  • St Nicholas: in general, & 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

See also