Who Is My Orthodox Saint

How to Choose a Patron Saint

The patron saint of a person who becomes Eastern Orthodox via the holy mysteries of baptism and chrismation is assigned to him or her when they become Eastern Orthodox. What, exactly, is a patron saint? What is the best way to find out who your patron saint is? As an Orthodox Christian, do you pick your own patron saint or does someone else choose for you? Do you have a favorite saint? The answers to all of these questions may be found in this page! Reading time is estimated to be 6 minutes.

What are patron saints?

The person who becomes an Eastern Orthodox Christian via the sacraments of baptism and chrismation is given the patron saint of that faith. Who is a patron saint, and what is their significance? What is the best way to find out who your patron saint was? As an Orthodox Christian, do you pick your own patron saint or does someone else choose one for you? In this piece, we’ll go through all of those concerns. Approximately 6 minutes is allotted to read this article

Where did this tradition come from?

During the time of the Roman Empire, the Eastern Orthodox Church began the practice of adopting patron saints as its own. In the Middle Ages, several public Christian churches were erected on the sites of Holy Martyrs’ tombs, which became known as the church’s name. The martyr whose ashes were used to build the church was later elevated to the position of “patron” and protector of that church and its people. After a while, Christians began to dedicate churches to other holy men and women who had inspired them.

The patron saints of Orthodox churches (as well as of regions and nations) are often selected because of some relation the saint had with the location in which they are being honored.

Every new church in the Eastern Orthodox faith is dedicated to a patron saint, which is still practiced today in our churches.

Receiving your Christian name

According to Orthodox tradition, an Orthodox child does not acquire a name at the time of his or her physical birth. A saint with the same name as the one she is given at her baptism is chosen to be her patron, and she is granted this honor at her spiritual birth (baptism). In this situation, she will be known by her “Christian name” for the rest of her life. However, not everyone is born into an Eastern Orthodox family. Some people decide to become Christians later in life. In this instance, the individual receives his “Christian name” once he is baptized as an adult and becomes a Christian.

Because of this, he is once again reminded of his status as a child of God and a member of His church.

Those who convert to Orthodoxy later in life are less likely than others to use their Christian name in their everyday lives (replacing the name they have used most of their lives up to that point).

Some Orthodox Christians may not obtain Christian names during their Baptism and Chrismation for a variety of reasons, owing to peculiar situations in their lives (usually as an act of what we calloikonomia).

These are extremely unusual instances for people who were born Orthodox, and much more rare for those who converted to Orthodoxy.

Why is having a Christian name so important?

To be given a Christian name is considered a tremendous honor and privilege by the Orthodox Church. We are united in God’s family, in His personality, in His Son and Holy Spirit, and in the Saints of Heaven because of the name “Jesus Christ.” We recall that Christ Himself, speaking through the voice of the priest, gave each of us our new name and identity, which we continue to cherish. “To him who overcomes.I will give a white stone, and a new name will be engraved on the stone, which no one else will know save the one who gets it,” the Lord declared (Rev.

Celebrating your “Name Day”

To be given a Christian name is considered a tremendous honor and privilege by the Orthodox community. We are united in God’s family, in His personality, in His Son and Holy Spirit, and in the Saints of Heaven because of the name we have been given. We recall that Christ Himself, speaking through the voice of the priest, gave each of us our new name and identity, which we continue to celebrate today. For, as God has promised: “I will give a white stone to anyone who overcomes.I will write on the stone a new name for him, which no one else will know save he who gets it” (Rev.

Choosing your patron saint

Every Orthodox Christian should have a patron saint to whom they may turn for guidance. The majority of Orthodox Christians are blessed with that patron on the day of their baptism. This applies regardless of whether you were a kid or an adult at the time. But what if you’ve been an Orthodox Christian for a long time.and discover that you don’t truly have a patron saint? Don’t be concerned! If you are an Orthodox Christian and are looking for a patron saint, here are a few possibilities to get you started:

  • Pray that God will put you in touch with a patron. Insist that the saint intervene on your behalf and, in effect, designate you as the first in line
  • In private prayer, consider if the Holy Spirit has already instilled in you a devotion to a particular saint or if this has yet to happen. Is there a saint to whom you feel a stronger connection than others? Find out when you were born and when you were baptized. Consider adopting one of the saints who are honoured on any of those days as your patron saint. (You may look for saint commemorations by date on the internet, or you can purchase aCalendar of the Saintsto assist you with this.) Consider meeting with a spiritual father who is familiar with your situation. It’s possible he knows of a saint who might be an excellent patron for you

A journey awaits…

Try not to make the decision on whether or not to accept a patron so tough that it takes you years to make a decision. Make your selection after careful deliberation and prayer, and then begin using your Christian name as soon as possible. If you decide not to use it all of the time, at the absolute least, urge your priest and fellow parishioners to utilize it for prayer and the administration of the Sacraments on a regular basis. Then you may begin the beautiful path of studying about the life of your patron saint, attempting to live up to his example, and building a spiritual link with him that will be life-changing for you and others around you.

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  1. Due to the fact that I was unsure of how to go about picking a patron saint, this post was quite useful! At the moment, I am a Catechumen. Women can pick a male patron saint, while men should choose female patron saints. Alternatively, women should choose female patron saints and men should choose male patron saints. Assuming you desire a patron saint who can serve as the finest example of your own life, would it be “better” to pick a patron saint of the same gender, or does it make a difference if the saints are of different genders?
  1. Gloria, Christ has arrived right in our midst! We are delighted that you found this article to be informative and useful. And may God continue to bless you on your road to Orthodox Christianity. Regarding your query, the answer differs based on the culture and custom in issue. For example, the Slavic tradition dictates that a man must choose a male saint as his patron, and a girl must choose a female saint as their patron. Except for monastics, who may be given the masculine form of a female name (which is unusual) and nuns the feminine form of a male name (which is also uncommon), there is no exemption (quite common). The Greek custom, on the other hand, does not demand that both partners be of the same gender. And, yes, you are accurate in stating that, in the majority of circumstances, a saint who shares your gender would serve as a superior role model for you. The majority of women identify with female patrons, whereas the majority of males identify with male patrons. Not everyone, however, fits into this template. Take into consideration that certain Orthodox Christians have a Feast Day that serves as their patron (because they were baptized at that Feast). In the end, there are no hard and fast rules in this situation. The connection you have formed with a particular saint, regardless of his or her gender, indicates that the saint has selected you for a specific role in his or her life. It would be illogical to dismiss that goal solely on the basis of your differences in sexual orientation. God’s blessings
  1. The Church of Saint John the Evangelist Christ has arrived right in our midst! You have been quite kind in your blessings to me on my road to Orthodoxy! Please remember to keep me in your thoughts and prayers! Thank you for your thoughtful and well-informed response as well. In my ignorance, I had no notion that picking a patron saint had anything to do with cultural tradition in any way. That is really intriguing! I am a second-generation American who is 75 percent Slovakian and 25 percent Polish in ethnicity and background. Despite the fact that there are many male saints whose lives I admire for their example, I also have a few extremely wonderful female saints who are strong competitors to be my patron saint, which, given my strong Slovakian ancestry, thankfully, is also a possibility. Laugh out loud! I intend to pray more about this, as I am confident that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will direct me to the saint with whom He wishes me to be associated, the saint who will guide me on my earthly journey and ultimately assist me on my trip to Heaven! It’s such a magnificent and beautiful concept to ponder. I shall remember Saint John Church in my prayers, and I hope that by the intercession of our Most Holy Theotokos, Jesus will continue to bless and protect you. Thank you very much for your spiritual teaching, which has been extremely beneficial
  1. Gloria, He is, and he always will be! Thank you so much for your kind words. When you have determined who your patron saint will be via prayer, please get in touch with us and let us know who it is! It is always enlightening to read about other people’s journeys to finding a patron saint for themselves. And thank you so much for your prayers, which are very appreciated. We will also continue to pray for you and for everyone else who interacts with us on this site! I wish you a joyful Pascha
  1. Dear Sir or Madam, My name is Sarah, and I have been very blessed by the opportunity to become a catechumen in the Orthodox Church. Thank you, God, for guiding me to this place of knowledge and peace. There are so many questions running through my head, and I am beyond thrilled to start looking for answers. Thank you for this post, which has assisted me in better understanding the activities and traditions that surround patron saints. I appreciate your time and effort. I do, however, have a small query that has been bothering me for some time. Is it appropriate for my patron saint to be the Righteous Sarah of the Old Testament, after whom I was named, when my given and baptismal names are already biblical? Is it still up to me to pick the saint who speaks to me the most? For the record, I was not born into an Orthodox family, and it is probable that my parents had no intention of associating me with a patron saint when they chose my given name. In my case, I was christened in the Episcopal church, and I’m not sure what their customs are when it comes to naming and baptism their children, if it makes a difference at all. Please accept my apologies for the lengthy comment. Please accept my sincere thanks for taking the time to read it and for showing concern for folks like me who are looking for answers
  2. Sarah, Christ is in our midst! It brings me great delight to learn that you have been accepted into the catechumenate! All honor and glory to God! We are really grateful that you found this article to be of assistance. Regarding your question, the selection of a patron, particularly if one was not raised in an Orthodox family, is a deeply personal decision. Our best recommendation would be for you to consult with the priest at your local parish
  3. However, we can provide you with some general guidance as well. As the date of your baptism into the Catholic Church draws closer, begin reading the lives of the Saints, beginning with those whose names you share with the Saints. Not only is there a Saint named Righteous Sarah, but there are also additional Saints who have been remembered by the Church under the name. Mother Sarah of the Desert (5th century) is the most well-known, although there are many more who deserve to be included. Perhaps one of them will strike a chord with you as you continue to develop your spirituality. Perhaps, rather than your parents’ explicit intention, God chose the name Sarah for you as a method of uniting you with your patron saint. Only God knows the answer! Another suggestion would be to attend the Orthros/Matins services, if they are held at your local church on Sundays. During these ceremonies, the Church reads aloud from the Synaxarion, which contains a list of the Saints who are being remembered on that particular day. In many instances, passages from the life of the Saint are read aloud to the congregation. Even if your parish does not give these services for any reason, you may acquire aDaily Calendar of the Saints, which includes the lives of at least one Saint every day of the year, which you can meet and grow to know better. We hope this has been of use to you! Please accept my best wishes as you make your way home!
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When is my Nameday? Preface

When is myNameday?This is a question that Orthodox Priests are often asked bymembers of their parish.For Orthodox Christians the Feast day ofthe Saint of whom they have been named after is as important as theirbirthday, if not more so. In Orthodox countries, someone’s birthday isusually known only by family and close friends, but someone’s Nameday isusually known by a broader band of acquaintances. This is especially sowith the more well known Saints. Who, in Orthodox countries, doesn’t knowwhen St. Andrew’s day is celebrated, or St. George’s, or St. Peter’s, orSt. John’s? The question ‘when is my Nameday?’ usually arises when someone bears the name of a lesser knownSaint.InGreek there exists a small book called ‘Do you want to know whenyou celebrate?’ The Author has created, from the Synaxariaand other sources, an extensive Directoryof Saints and their festival days. But no directory can ever be complete as somany Saints have remained anonymous and many others whose names have beenlost to us, are known only to the All-knowing God. Again there are many Saintsthat are known only by a local Church e.g. St. Bechianus [11th December], is only known by the Cypriot Church. As Orthodoxy has nowestablished firm roots in western countries, western Saints who reposedbefore the Great Schism of 1054 A.D. are also beginning to be recognized asSaints of the Orthodox Church. This is in recognition that before theGreat Schism of East and West, there was only One Holy Catholic andApostolic Church, thus those Saints were Orthodox. A directory with the names ofthese Saints can be found on the Felixstowe Orthodox Church Web Site. Ihave included these saints in this directory excluding a couple which hadthe date of their repose after 1054 A.D. For the many Saints who have beenrecognized by both East and West, but with different Feast days, I haveopted for theGreek Orthodox date.Withthe directory of the Western Saints there arises the question of when aSaint was officially recognised among the ranks of Saints and by whom. Washe/she recognized before the Great Schism? If so, then he/she is trulyOrthodox regardless of the fact that he/she was officially recognized byRome, but unknown to Constantinople.If it was after, then theOrthodox Church needs to examine these Saints more closely and then decideif they should be accepted among the ranks of the Orthodox Saints. For nowI have included them in this directory and if there are any ‘questionable’Saints among them, that is a task for Holy Synods to examine and exclude.Does every Christian have a Nameday?Christian Society hascountless Saints with many sharing the same name. The Saints were peoplejust like us, but they chose to live their lives according to thecommandments and will of God even to the point of accepting martyrdom forHis name sake. We Christians who bear their names are called to imitatetheir life and in so doing our names will also be added to the Ranks ofthe Saints. God Himself commands us to be like Him ‘Be ye holy; for I amholy. Of the countless Saints unknown to us it ispossible that a Saint with your name is among them. It is thus possiblefor Christians, who cannot find the Saint with their name, to celebrate onthe Sunday of All Saints, when the Church celebrates all the Saints knownand unknown. Another way to find your Saint is to check whether your nameis a derivative of another name. Yet another way is to find the meaning ofyour name and then if possible find what the Greek of Latin equivalent is.The name Grace for example means ‘the free and unmerited favour of Godshown to man;’ in Greek the word is Χάριςor Χάριτι= Charis or Charity. There is a St. Charisthat celebrates on 28th January and two St. Charitys’ to choose from. Noteveryone will be successful in finding a Saint with their name. In recentyears there has been a trend by parents to find or make up the mostoriginal name for their child just to be different. Surely it would bebetter for the child to have a name of a Saint so that he/she cancelebrate a Nameday! Orthodox children see their Nameday as their ownspecial day similar to their birthday. It is a day for presents andspecial attention from their Parents, Godparents, Grandparent, brothers,sisters, relatives, friends, teachers and classmates. PARENTS,don’tdeprive your children of a second birthday, give them a name of a Saint:Give them a Nameday.But how does one celebrate a Nameday?ANameday or Feastday, begins with the celebration of Vespers and theDivine Liturgy in honour of the Saint whose name we bear. If we cannotattend Church, because of other obligations, then during a previousattendance, or by phone, we ask that our name be mentioned during thespecial prayers offered for those celebrating the Feast.[See TheBreaking of Bread] and [Orderfor the Commemoration of Feasts].It iscustomary to remember our family, friends and acquaintances on their Namedays, and we do this by phoning them and wishing them ‘Hronia Polla’ =Many Years. Wealso give presents to our loved ones on their Nameday just as we do ontheir birthday. The Person celebrating on his/her part will take cakes towork and offer them to work colleagues. Children usually take chocolatesto school and give to their teachers and classmates. In the evening, theirhomes will be open to all who wish to stop by and offer their wishes andagain the recipient will have drinks, savouries and cakes to offer theguests.Many go the whole way and have extravagant dinner parties tocelebrate their Nameday, but however one celebrates one should not forgetthat first and foremost one’s Nameday is a Religiuos Festival and shouldbe celebrated with reverence and decency and not an excuse to have arave-up party.TheTranslation of Greek names into English is a problem. I have followed thetraditional Latin spelling, but this does not mean that someone cannotspell their name with a particular form that has found a more general andfavourable acceptance. A Latin translation of the name ΔημήτριοςwouldbeDemetrius, but most people spell the name asDimitrios. If in doubt of how Greek names are translated check the tablebelow. Another problem is a precise translation of Epithets of Titles. TheGreek word’Οσιος[feminine Οσία ]has no English equivalant. It is atitle given to Saints who were monksor hermits. For the Englishtitles I have used the word Ascetic. Another word unfamiliar to westernears is the Greek wordΙερομάρτυς,meaning that theSaint was a Bishop or Priest and also a martyr. Here I have kept the Greekword in English = Hieromartyr.
Greek Alphabet Latin Alphabet Greek Alphabet Latin Alphabet
Α orα Aora Νorν Norn
Βorβ BborVv Ξorξ Xorx
Γorγ Gor g Οorο Ooro
Δorδ Dord Πorπ Porp
Εorε Eore Ρorρ Rorr
Ζorζ Zorz Σorσ Sors
Ηorη Eore Τorτ Tort
Θorθ THor th υ y
Ιorι Iori Φorφ PHor ph
Κorκ Corc Χorχ CHor ch
Λorλ Lorl Ψorψ PSor ps
Μorμ M or m Ωorω Ooro

It is important to note that Greek words that begin with a Vowel or a Diphthong always have either smooth breathing or harsh breathing. Vowels that have a harsh breathing pattern are often translated by placing a H before the vowel in the translation. An exception is allowed for some names that begin with the letter Je and are typically spelled with the letter J.

Greek Alphabet Latin Alphabet Greek Alphabet Latin Alphabet
Αι Eor Ai Ἱ ε Hieor Je
Αει Ai Ιο Jo
Αυ Au Ιου Ju
He Ιω Jo
Ειor ει Iori Hi
Ευ Eu Ουα Va
Ευα Eva Ουι Vi
He Ουor ου U oru
Ι I Hy
Ια Ja Ὑα Hya
Ιε Je names ending withος us oros
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Finding a Patron Saint

Well, I’d want to tell you a tale as well. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Theotokos for attracting me to Orthodoxy in the first place. I am working on an MA in classical vocal performance. In this semester’s concert choir performance, we sang Javier Busto’s Ave Maris Stella, and I was awarded the solo part. (If you haven’t already, you should certainly get your hands on a copy of this work; it’s just stunning!) In any case, while I’m writing music, I usually attempt to correlate the aria or solo with a certain feeling or experience in order to make it more convincing to my listeners and viewers.

The realization came on me as I performed this solo over the course of a few weeks that I wasn’t singing about my own mother—that I hadn’t connected the music to any personal experience with her.

As I began to read more about her (I practically launched my studies of Orthodoxy with articles on her), I understood that I had to “face up” to her as Fr.

When I sang the solo during one of our last concerts, I glanced out into the church’s auditorium and saw an image of her that looked somewhat like this: I’d never seen this icon before and it wasn’t until I read St.

John Maximovitch’s book on venerating Mary that I knew it was what I saw. That was a bit of a shock to me, but in a really lovely manner. In any case, it is for this reason that I am so drawn to the Theotokos.

Resources in Helping Choose an Orthodox Patron Saint

In terms of selecting a patron saint for oneself, there are a few distinct routes that one might follow. You might select a saint based on your career, need, desire (devotion), or the day of the week on which your name is celebrated. A name day is a custom in several nations in Europe, Latin America, and countries that are mostly Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox in general. One’s given name is celebrated on a day of the year that is related with the individual’s given name. The festivities are comparable to those associated with a birthday.

  • Europe’s Catholic and Orthodox regions are more resonant with the celebration of name days.
  • Countless patron saints have been commemorated throughout history, beginning with the early Christians and continuing to the current day.
  • The name of the kid may be inspired by a Saint who was honoured on or near the day of the child’s birth, or by someone to whom the family has a specific religious devotion.
  • For believers living in non-Christian societies in the past, this was a particularly expensive testimony because their mere names (Nicholas or George, Elias or Barbara) identified them as Christians.
  • The day on which the Church commemorates one’s patron saint is known as one’s “Name Day,” and it is an opportunity to remember the memory of the Saint whose name we bear and to express gratitude for his or her daily intercession on our behalf.
  • Our Patron Saint is to be prayed for and to whom we should have a specific devotion.
  • Our Patron Saint is transformed into a genuine hero/heroine for us to aspire to be like.
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Orthodox Saints Calendar – All Saints Orthodox Church

1FAST FREECircumcision of Our LordSt. Basil the Great
2FAST FREESt. Seraphim of SarovSt. SylvesterRighteous Juliana 3FAST FREEProphet MalachiMartyr GordiusVen. Genevieve 4FAST FREESynaxis of the 70 ApostlesVenerable TheoctistosMartyr Euthymius 5STRICT FASTTheophany EveMartyrs Theopemptos and TheonasSt. Ruman 6FAST FREEHoly TheophanySt. Schotin 7FASTSynaxis of St. John BaptistSt. Brannock 8Ven. DominicaVen. George ChozebiteSt. Gregory of Bulgaria
9St. Philip MetropolitanMartyr PolyeuctosSt. Eustratius 10St. Gregory of NyssaSt. Dometian of MylitenaSt. Marcian the Presbyter 11St. Theodosios the GreatVen. Michael of Klops 12FASTMartyr TatianaMartyr MertiusVen. Martinian 13Martyrs HermylosStratonicosSt. James of Nisibis 14FASTSt. Sava of SerbiaHoly Fathers / SinaiSt. Nina 15St. Paul of ThebesSt. John the Hut-DwellerVen. Gabriel of Lesnovo
16Venerations of Chains of Ap. PeterVen. Romil of Vidin 17St. Anthony the Great 18Sts. AthanasiosCyril 19FASTSt. Macarios the GreatSt. Macarios of AlexandriaSt. Mark of Ephesus 20St. Euthymios the Great 21FASTSt. Maximos the ConfessorMartyr NeophytosVirgin Martir Agnes 22Apostle Timothy of 70Martyr Anastasios of PersiaMartyr Peter of Bulgaria
23Hieromartyr ClementMartyr AgathangelusSt. Paulinus of Nola 24Ven. Mother XeniaMartyr BabylasVen. Philotheos of Athos 25St. Gregory the TheologianSt. AuxentiusSt. Moses 26FASTSt. Xenophon, His Wife MarySons Arcadios and John 27Translation of Relics of St. John ChrysostomQueen Marciane 28FASTVen. Ephraim and St. Isaac, the SyriansVen. PalladiusJames 29Translation of the Relics St. Ignatius of AntiochSt. GerasimusRecluse Lawrence
30Three Hierarchs Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom 31Sts. Cyros and John WonderworkersVen. NikitaVen. Arsenius

Patron saint – OrthodoxWiki

This page is dedicated to saints who may be summoned for specific purposes in the future. See Baptismal names for a list of saints who might be used as models for naming children after at Baptism. When it comes to heaven, an apatron saint is someone who is considered to be the intercessor and advocate on behalf of a nation, a geographical location, a craft, an activity, a class, or a person. The existence of patron saints has been documented since the time of the early Christians and continues to the current day.

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Against demons and witchcraft

  • Sts. Cyprian and Justina (October 2)
  • St. Mitrophan of Voronezh (November 23, August 7)
  • St. Theodore the Sykeote (April 22)
  • St. Theodore the Syke

Against drinking

  • St. Bessarion of the Saviour, Archbishop of Larissa (September 15)
  • St. Haralambos (February 10)
  • St. Marina the Great Martyr (July 17)
  • St. Bessarion of the Saviour, Archbishop of Larissa (September 15)
  • St. Bessarion of the Saviour, Archbishop of Larissa

Delivery from sudden death

  • St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople (August 11)
  • HolyArchangel Michael (November 8)
  • St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople (November 8)
  • St. Niphon, Patriarch

For animals and livestock

  • The feasts of St. Mary Magdalene (September 2), Sts. Speusippus, Eleusippus, and Meleusippus (January 16), St. George (April 23), St. Modestus of Jerusalem (December 18), St. Parthenius of Radovizlios (July 21), St. Tryphon (February 1), St. Modestus of Jerusalem (December 18), St. Modestus of Jerusalem (December 18)
  • St. Tryphon (

For captives and court cases

  • In addition to St. George the Great Martyr (on April 23), St. Onouphrios the Great (on June 12), St. Peter of Athos (on June 12), and St. Simeon the God-Receiver (on February 3) are also commemorated.

For care and protection of infants

  • St. Anysia the Virgin Martyr (December 30)
  • St. Basil of Mangazea (March 23)
  • St. Demetrios the Great Martyr (October 26)
  • St. John the Forerunner (August 29)
  • St. John the Much-Suffering (July 18)
  • St. Martinian (February 13)
  • St. Moses the Hungarian (July 26)
  • St. Moses the Hungarian (Jul

For children

  • Sts. Leonty and Geronty, Canonarchs ofKievo-Pechersk (July 18 and April 1)
  • St. John Koukouzelis (October 1)
  • St. Roman the Melodist (October 1)
  • St. Theodosius of Chernigov (February 5)
  • St. Theodos

For cobblers

  • St.Lucia of Sicily (December 13)
  • St.Paraskevi (July 26)
  • St.Lucia of Sicily (December 13).

For finding employment

  • St.Menasthe Great Martyr of Egypt (November 11)
  • St.Phanouriosthe Great Martyr (August 27)
  • St.Menasthe Great Martyr of Egypt (November 11).

For guilelessness and simplicity

  • St. Paul the Simple (March 7)
  • St. Nathaniel (April 22)
  • St. Paul the Apostle (April 22)
  • St. Paul the Apostle (April 22).

For headaches

  • Nathaniel, the Holy Apostle (April 22)
  • St. Paul the Simple (March 7)
  • And St. John the Evangelist (April 22).

For help in studies

  • St. Paul the Simple (March 7)
  • St. Nathaniel (April 22)
  • St. Paul the Apostle (April 22).

For hernias and intestinal disorders

  • St. Artemius of Verkola (June 23 and October 20)
  • Holy Great Martyr Artemius of Antioch (October 20)
  • St. Artemius of Antioch (June 23 and October 20)


  • On August 17, St. Alypius of Kievo-Pechersk is commemorated
  • On October 18, St. Luke the Apostle and Evangelist is commemorated
  • On December 4, St. John of Damascus is commemorated.

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)
  • Venerable Cyril and Mary (January 18)
  • Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (September 25)
  • Venerable Sergius

For meeting a difficult situation

  • On January 18, the Venerable Schema-monastics Cyril and Mary are commemorated
  • On September 25, the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh is commemorated
  • On June 25, the Venerable Peter and Febronia of Muron are commemorated
  • On November 15, the Holy Martyrs Samonas, Gurias, and Abibus are commemorated
  • And on January 18, on the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh is commemorated.

For mental disorders

  • St. Anastasia (October 12)
  • St.Gerasimos of Cephalonia: the possessed (August 16)
  • St. Naum of Ochrid (June 20)
  • St. Naum of Ochrid

For patient endurance of affliction

  • Saints Pimen the Much-Suffering of Kievo-Pechersk (August 7) and the HolyForty-Two Martyrs of Amorion (May 6)
  • Righteous Job the Much-Suffering (September 20)
  • St. Eustathius Placidas Family (September 20)
  • St. Pimen the Much-Suffering of Kievo-Pechersk (August 7)
  • St. Pimen the Much-Suffering of Kiev

For perfumers

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

For protection against thieves

  • Kievo-St. Pechersk’s Gregory the Wonderworker celebrates his feast day on January 8th.

For protection of crops from pests

  • St. Gerasimos the New Ascetic (October 20)
  • St. Michael of Synnada (May 23)
  • St. Gerasimos the New Ascetic (October 20).

For protection of gardens against pests

  • Tryphon, the Great Martyr, is also known as the Patron Saint of Hunters and the Patron Saint of Moscow (February 1).

For safe childbirth

  • In addition to Holy Archangel Michael on November 8, there are also feast days for St. Barbara the Great Martyr (December 4), St. George the Great Martyr (December 4), and St. Titus the Soldier of Kievo-Pechersk (February 27).

For spiritual help, consolation, and compunction

  • (March 17th)
  • StEphraim the Syrian (January 28th)
  • StSeraphim of Sarov (January 2nd)
  • StAlexios the Man of God (March 17th)

For stone-workers

  • The Prosphoramaking Feast of Ss. Spyridon and Nikodim of Kievo-Pechersk is on October 31
  • St. Euphrosynos the Cook is on September 11
  • St. Julia Lazarevskaya is on January 2
  • St. Prochor of Kievo-Pechersk is on February 10
  • St. Sergius of Radonezh is on September 25
  • St. Prochor of Kievo-Pechersk is on February

For the throat

  • St. John the Russian: for transportation, automobiles, and 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)
  • St. Nicholas, Patriarch of Constantinople: for safety at sea (December 6)
  • St.

For workers in hospitals

  • In honor of St. Dositheus, Disciple of Abba Dorotheus (February 19), we honor the Holy Unmercenaries.

For young people

  • St. Demetrios the Wonderworker, the Great Martyr (October 26)
  • St. Demetrios the Wonderworker, the Great Martyr (October 27)

To have a child

  • Among the feast days are those of St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos (September 9)
  • St. Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner (September 5)
  • St. Irene of Chrysovolantou (July 28)
  • St. Sabas the Sanctifiedof Palestine (December 5)
  • St. Symeon the Myrrh-streamer, father of St. Savva of Serbia (February 13)
  • And St. Symeon the Myrrh-streamer

Of the Internet

  • St. Isidore of Seville, “the last scholar of the ancient world,” is commemorated on April 4th (unofficially)


Christódoulos is the Greek name for /u/Abdul-Masihin. Concerning Saint Christodoulos In the event that someone has previously been given the name of a saint, I always urge them to preserve that name. This includes people with names like Bryce, Joyce, Kevin, and others who may not sound particularly Byzantine, but who are on our calendar nevertheless. Ask! If your legal name is Krishna or Bubba, you may want to consider changing your name to something more Christian. Your priest will be able to recommend one for you.

We were struck by something about their life or character and thought to ourselves, “That’s someone I want praying for me!” We were right.

Saints Basil (Vasily) and St Nil are possible choices for Billy and Neal, respectively (Neilos).

As a result, your entire family could get together to celebrate St Nicholas Day, or St Elijah Day, or whatever.

It’s unlikely that your mother will ever refer to you as Barsanuphius. One piece of advice: don’t choose a difficult-to-pronounce foreign-sounding name and then expect others to use it, particularly outside of the Church. Nobody, everywhere, in my experience, can correctly spell Silouan.

Christian Names & Patron Saints

The Orthodox Church has long placed a high value on the names of its members. Interestingly enough, not only are names important in the Church, but the process of naming someone is also quite important to us. These practices are of heavenly origin and have immense importance, but they are sadly absent from contemporary American society for a variety of reasons. Among the many areas where Orthodox Tradition will inevitably influence American practice is the significance of names and naming. It is also an area where we must be vigilant against the opposite effect, which is allowing American culture to strip the Church of meaningful and universal customs, as has happened in the past in the United States.

  • Inventing something new – It is clear from the very beginning of Biblical history that names have great significance.
  • The creation of Adam (whose name in Hebrew means “soil” or “ground” from which he was formed) results in the occurrence of something quite fascinating.
  • 2:19).
  • Now, all of this was quite significant.
  • Adam’s dominion over the animals was demonstrated by their names, and Adam became a representation of God, who had named them originally.
  • He was destined to dominate and rule over the entire universe, and the procedure of naming the creatures was the first act of his regal existence.
  • Adam referred to his new bride as “woman” since she was extracted from the body of a male (Gen.

Her given name demonstrated that she was descended from man in her fundamental essence (“For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man”, 1Cor.

Immediately following the wicked snake’s temptation of our first parents, which resulted in their sin and the creation of death, God intervened and promised that the Redeemer would come from the woman’s seed to crush the serpent and stomp down death one by one (Gen.

As a result, Adam named his wife “Eve,” which is derived from the Greek word for “life” or “life-producer.” Her given name gave away who she was.

The fact that Adam was the one who named Eve was a message that he was Eve’s head and guardian, and that she would find satisfaction and fulfillment in her destiny under his guidance.

Many women today refuse to accept their new husbands’ last names when they marry, and it is also fashionable for women to hyphenate their maiden names with their husbands’ names when they marry.

This is a reflection of non-Christian family standards, and it is not a practice that is followed by Orthodox Christians.

This brief foray into the significance of names in the Bible’s first few chapters is meant just to draw attention to the importance of naming and names in general in the Bible.

Consider our upright forefather Abraham and our kind foremother Sarah.


When God made His covenant with Abraham and Sarah, he gave them new names that they still use today (Gen.17:5,15).

God gave Jacob a new name when he reached the age of majority.

Israel is a country in the Middle East (Gen.32:28).

Israel is a Hebrew word that signifies “one who perseveres with God.” Daniel – Thank you for your time.

Among the many fascinating accounts of the meaning of names in the book of Daniel is one about the prophet Daniel himself.

In around 600 B.C., he was a member of an elite group of young Israelite men who were seized by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and sent to Babylon.

It was King Nebuchadnezzar’s desire for his Babylonian court to teach these talented young people so that the best may serve the King and his kingdom.

The Chaldeans’ “language and literature” were taught to the Israelite youngsters who were enrolled in the program.

“Then the commander of the officials assigned new names to them; and to Daniel he assigned the name Belteshazzar, to Hananiah Shadrach, to Mishael Meshach, and to Azariah Abednego he assigned the name Mishael Meshach” (Dan1:7).

According to the Hebrew language, the name Daniel means “God is judge.” As a result, the name Daniel was changed to Belteshazzar, which means “May the god Bel safeguard his life.” After all, who exactly is Bel?

Orthodox names are still used today in the church.

Naming Customs for Baptisms “According to Orthodox tradition, a child is not given a name until he or she is baptized.

For example, if a newborn were to die before being baptized, the death record would state that the infant was “an unbaptized boy/girl of (name of parents).”” The Rev.


In recognition of the fact that Orthodox Christians are named not at their physical birth but at their more significant spiritual birth when they become Christians, and that the names Orthodox Christians are given are the names of saints, we refer to our given names as “Christian names.” the role of the godparents and the role of the priest The Godparent is the one who names the kid for the first time on the day of baptism or on the eighth day of the child’s life during the Naming Service of Prayer.

The Godparent is involved in the selection of the Christian name.

It is customary today for the godparent who is presenting the kid for holy baptism to meet with the child’s biological parents ahead to the baptism to come up with a suitable name for the child’s additional siblings (Ibid., p.49).

While receiving the precious and all-holy Body and Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and the assurance of eternal life, the person will hear his Christian name spoken and will have his identity as a child of God and of His Church reinforced as the priest says, “The servant of God (N.) receives the precious and all-holy Body and Blood of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ for remission of sins and the assurance of eternal life.” In prayer during the Liturgy, during the mystery of confession, and even at his funeral, the individual will hear his Christian name from the mouth of the priest as he prays, “For You are the resurrection, and Your life are and the repose of Your servant (N.), who has fallen asleep, O Christ our God,” throughout his Christian life.

As the Orthodox Christian passes through each of these times, his or her attention is directed both to a reminder of his or her Christian identity and to the proximity of the patron saint whose name he or she bears.

It is the name of the saint who will serve as that person’s patron saint throughout his or her life that is given to a newly baptized child or adult when they are given their Christian name.” A person who carries the name of a saint gets an identity that is eerily similar to that of the saint who has the name he or she bears.

The date of one’s birth appears to be of less significance to the Greek Orthodox than the day of one’s baptism.

And it is commonly thought among the Orthodox that what makes physical birth genuinely important is one’s spiritual rebirth at Baptism” (ibid., pp.

(ibid., pp.

This is a day that is significantly more important to most Orthodox (and Roman Catholics) than one’s birthday, according to Timothy (Bishop Kallistos) Ware (Bishop Kallistos), The Orthodox Church, Penguin Books, 1963, p.257.

On this day, one should make every effort to attend a holy service at church, participate in the devotion of his or her patron, and commemorate the occasion of his or her patronage.

Baptisms and chrismations have sometimes been performed without the use of Christian names for some Orthodox Christians, as a result of unusual circumstances surrounding their acceptance into the Church.

It is not meant for acts of economia to become set laws, but rather that they serve as exceptions to established rules in order to build up the Church in certain situations.

This is a fixed rule of our faith.

Their Christian names are used in church, however, when they are remembered and prayed for as well as when they are given holy communion, which is a good thing.

It is the given name of our family, given to us by God himself.

We must remember that Christ himself has given his servant a new name and identity via the voice of the priest or bishop.

I will send you a white stone with a new name etched on it that no one else will know save the person who receives it ” (Rev.

Christian faithful can look forward to receiving a final name that was given to them directly by Jesus himself and is perfectly suited to their character in the future.

For those of you who are Orthodox but do not have a patron saint, here are a few ideas to consider.

Pray to God and ask him to show you who you should choose as your patron.

Consider your thoughts and feelings about a specific saint to discover if a love for that saint has already been infused into you by the Holy Spirit.

Finally, avoid making the decision to accept a patron such a difficult one that it takes you years to come to a decision.

Then begin the wonderful journey of learning about and emulating your patron saint, and commemorating your name day, after careful consideration.

Finally, we’ll leave you with a few random thoughts on the habit of referring to people by their Christian names.

It is insulting to the saints to act in this manner.

Last but not least, it is appropriate to remind our readers of the name that is above other names: the ever-blessed name of Jesus Christ.

What is the significance of the name “Jesus”?


“Jesus” is the Greek form of the Hebrew name “Joshua,” which means “the Lord is salvation,” or “the Lord is salvation.” Joshua, the noble servant of Moses who led the people of Israel into the Promised Land, was the inspiration for the name of our Savior.

We will be led into the bigger promised land of eternal life and blessings by our Lord, who will do it in honor and glory of His All-Holy Name, as the greater Joshua.


Prayers for me, O Holy (N.), agreeable to God: because I have turned to you, who are a prompt aid and intercede on my behalf before God. Illustration: When Darth Vader and his son Luke Skywalker are having their final showdown at the end of Return of the Jedi, Luke appeals to his father’s remaining goodness to turn him away from the dark side and addresses him as “.Skywalker,” to which Darth Vader violently reacts, saying, “That name means nothing to me anymore.” This individual, among others, has passed away.

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