Thursday, May 12, 2016

Saints Called on for Various Special Needs



In the Orthodox Church, 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. The following is a list of saints who are often called upon for special purposes.

To Have a Child 
St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos 
St. Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner 
St. Sabbas the Sanctified of Palestine 
St. Irene Chrysovolantou

For Safe Childbirth 
St. Eleftherios

For the Care & Protection of Infants 
St. Stylianos

For Young People 
Holy Great Martyr Demetrios the Wonderworker

Delivery from Sudden Death 
St. Barbara the Great Martyr

Against Drinking 
Holy Martyr Boniface & the Righteous Aglais

For Travelers 
St. Nicholas: in general, & specifically for sea travel 
St. John the Russian: for transport, auto, busses 
St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople: for safety at sea

For Cobblers 
St. Eustathius the Cobbler of Georgia

For Physicians 
St. Panteleimon 
The Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas & Damian 

For the Kitchen, Home 
St. Euphrosynos the Cook 
St. Sergius of Radonezh: for baking 
Sts. Spyridon & Nikodim of Kievo-Pechersk: Prosphora making

For Trading 
St. Paraskeva

For Headaches 
Holy New Martyr Demas of Smyrna

For Eyes 
St. Paraskeva

For Ears 
St. Spyridon the Wonderworker

For Teeth 
St. Antipas of Pergamum

For Hernias & Intestinal Disorders 
Holy Great Martyr Artemius 
St. Artemius of Verkola

For Throat 
St. Blaise of Sebastia

For Finding Employment 
St. Xenia of St. Petersburg

For Help in Studies 
The Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the 
Theologian 
St. Sergius of Radonezh 
St. John of Kronstadt 
St. Justin the Philosopher

For Church-Chanting 
St. Romanos the Melodist

For Iconographers 
St. Luke the Apostle and Evangelist 
St. John of Damascus

For Patient Endurance of Affliction 
St. Job the Much-Suffering 
Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia: especially in freezing cold weather 
Holy Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorion

For Protection Against Thieves 
St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Kievo-Pechersk

For Stone-workers 
Holy Martyrs Florus & Laurus

For Soldiers 
Holy Archangel Michael 
St. George the Great Martyr 
St. Barbara the Great Martyr

For Spiritual Help, Consolation & Compunction 
St. Ephraim the Syrian 
St. Alexis the Man of God 
St. Seraphim of Sarov

For a Good End to One's Life 
Holy Archangel Michael 
St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople

For Captives and Court Cases 
St. Onouphrios the Great 
St. Peter of Athos 
St. George the Great Martyr

For Help in Distress, Poverty, etc. 
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker 
St. John the Almsgiver of Alexandria 
St. John of Kronstadt

For Finding Things 
St. Phanourios the Great Martyr 
St. Menas the Great Martyr of Egypt

For Meeting a Difficult Situation, an Interview, etc. 
St. David the Prophet, Psalmist & King 
The Holy Unmercenaries & Healers 
SS. Cosmas & Damian of Rome 
SS. Panteleimon & Hermolaus 
St. Julian the Martyr 
St. John of Kronstadt 
St. Nectarios of Aegina 
Holy Archangel Raphael

For Animals & Livestock 
St. George: cattle & herds 
St. Parthenius of Radovysdius: cattle 
SS. Spevsippus, Elesippus & Melevsippus: horses 
St. Tryphon: geese

For Protection of Crops from Pests 
St. Michael of Synnada

For the Protection of Gardens Against Pests 
Holy Great Martyr Tryphon: also for hunters and Patron of Moscow

Against Demons & Witchcraft 
SS. Cyprian & Justina 
St. Theodore Sykeote 
St. Mitrophan of Voronezh

For Chastity & Help in Carnal Warfare 
St. John the Forerunner 
St. Demetrios the Great Martyr 
St. John the Much-Suffering 
Holy Martyr Theodore the Byzantine 
Holy Martyr Ignatios of Athos 
St. Mary of Egypt 
St. Joseph the All-Comely 
St. Susanna [Old Testament]

For Mental Disorders 
St. Naum of Ochrid 
St. Anastasia 
St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia: the possessed

Against Plague 
St. Haralambos 
St. Marina the Great Martyr

For Help Against Quick-Temper & Despondency 
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

For Workers in Hospitals 
Holy Unmercenaries Saints Cosmas & Damian
St. Dositheus, Disciple of Abba Dorotheus

For Guilelessness & Simplicity 
Holy Apostle Nathaniel & St. Paul the Simple