the name of all that is holy

The name of all that is holy

Naming children after saints and martyrs is one way parents have devised to protect their children.  Their hope being that the child will not only reflect the qualities of their namesake but also get their divine protection at all times.

the name of all that is holy

It is still a tradition, particularly amongst Roman Catholics, to name the child after the ‘Saint of the Day’.  Although there are many versions of the Saints’ calendar, they share the same major saints’ days and a child who happens to be born on one of these days is more likely to be named after the saint of that day. Here are some of the patron saints and a selection of the important Saints’ days in the Calendar…


Some of the Patron Saints

SaintPatron ofSaint’s Day
St Andrew Scotland30 November
St Anne Women in labour26 July
St Camillus Hospitals, nurses14 July
St Christopher Travellers25 July
St David Wales1 March
St Dorothy Gardeners, brides5 February
St George England23 April
St Gerard Pregnant women16 October
St Joseph Families and married couples19 March
St Nicholas Children6 December
St Patrick Ireland17 March

Some important Saints’ Days in Roman Catholic and Anglican Calendars

1The Virgin Mary
2St Basil the Great, St Gregory of Nazianzen
6The Epiphany
7St Hilary of Poitiers
17St Anthony of Egypt
21St Agnes
22St Vincent of Saragossa
24St Francis de Sales
25St Paul
26St Timothy and St Titus
28St Thomas Aquinas
31St John Bosco
2Presentation of the Lord
5Saint Agatha
11Our Lady of Lourdes
14St Valentine’s Day
1St David, Patron of Wales
7St Perpetua and St Felicity
17St Patrick’s Day, Patron of Ireland
18St Cyril of Jerusalem
19St Joseph of Nazareth
25Annunciation of the Lord
21St Anselm of Canterbury
23St George, Patron of England
24St Mark the Evangelist
28St Peter Chanel
29St Catherine of Siena
2St Athansius
3St Philip and St James
14St Matthias the Apostle
25St Bede the Venerable
26St Philip Neri
27St Augustine
31Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1St Justin
5St Boniface
9St Ephrem
11St Barnabas the Apostle
13St Anthony of Padua
24The Birth of Saint John the Baptist
28St Irenaeus
29St Peter and St Paul, Apostles
3St Thomas the Apostle
11St Benedict
15St Bonaventure
22St Mary Magadalene
23St Birgitta
24St James the Apostle
26St Anne and St Joachim
29St Martha
31St Ignatius of Loyola
4St Jean‐Baptiste Vianney
6Transfiguration of the Lord
8St Dominic
10St Lawrence
11St Clare of Assisi
14St Maximilian Mary Kolbe
15Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
20St Bernard of Clairvaux
24St Bartholomew the Apostle
27St Monica
28St Augustine of Hippo
3St Gregory the Great
8Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
13St John Chrysostom
14Triumph of the Holy Cross
21St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
25St Vincent de Paul
29Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
30St Jerome
4St Francis of Assisi
9St Denis
15St Teresa
17St Ignatius of Antioch
18St Luke the Evangelist
28St Simon and St Jude, Apostles
1All Saints’ Day
2All Souls’ Days
10St Leo the Great
11St Martin of Tours
16St Margaret of Scotland
22St Cecilia
23St Clement I
25St Catherine of Alexandria
30St Andrew the Apostle, Patron Saint of Scotland
3St Francis Xavier
4St John Damascene
6St Nicholas
7St Ambrose
8The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
13St Lucy of Syracuse
14St John of the Cross
25Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day
26St Stephen
27St John, Apostle and Evangelist
28The Holy Innocents
29St Thomas Becket

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