Patron saint medals have been a popular accessory to wear for quite some time now. They are also nice to just have in your pocket or on you all the time. People get a feeling of comfort knowing that they have their patron saint with them at all times. People wear medals for all sorts of reasons, some because of their name, some because of their occupation, and some for no reason at all. Whatever the case may be there are certainly some common medals that you see on a more daily basis than some other ones.
5.) Saint Patrick – Saint Patrick was born in Britain to two wealthy parents, however he is known for his work in Ireland and for being the patron saint of the the country as well. Saint Patrick’s feast day is one of the more widely celebrated ones of all patron saints. It happens on March 17th each year and is more widely known as Saint Patrick’s Day. When Patrick was only a teenager he was taken by Irish Druids from Britain. They took him back to Ireland with them where he was forced to labor for them and he was treated very poorly. Patrick became very spiritual during his years in Ireland, he prayed day and night and became closer with God than he could have ever imagined before. God told him in a dream one night that he must flee to the coast, which Patrick did. At the coastline he found British sailors who brought him home to Ireland finally. He found sailors there who took him home to Britain. Patrick went home and got ordained into the priesthood. Not too long after that Patrick would become a bishop. Patrick wished to go back to Ireland and try to help the people their see the ways of Christianity, which he did to a great extent. Saint Patrick utilized the shamrock to teach the Irish people the Holy Trinity.
4.) Saint Thomas Aquinas – Saint Thomas Aquinas was one of the best theologians the Church has ever seen. He is known as the patron saint of students and universities because of his great passion for education and knowledge. Saint Thomas’ feast day is celebrated on January 28th. Thomas was given a great education from a young age, and he certainly took full advantage of his opportunity. Thomas decided, when he was of age, that he wanted to pursue life as a monk. His family strongly disapproved of his choice and tried to talk him out of it, but he would not change his mind because he knew what was right. Saint Thomas went on to become a member of the Order of Saint Dominic and would study under the incredibly smart Saint Albert the Great.
3.) Saint John the Baptist – Saint John the Baptist was the final prophet of the Old Testament and was also the last one to come before Jesus Christ, the son of God. Saint John’s parents were named Elizabeth and Zachary and the couple was extraordinarily old when they found out Elizabeth was pregnant with John. Gabriel was sent by God to tell John and Elizabeth of this before it happened, so they knew just what to expect. Saint John is best known for baptizing many people in the Jordan River. He even baptized Jesus there! John knew Jesus was the Messiah and spread word of it all the time. The ruler at the time, Herod, did not like the sway John had over all the people at that time so he had him arrested for no apparent reason. He then had his head chopped off to end what he saw as a threat to his power.
2.) Saint Michael – Saint Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of policemen because he was one of the angels who protected heaven in its battle versus Satan. Michael was actually the archangel who took charge and was responsible for the victory in that battle. He is a great protector and that is why he is the patron saint of policemen. His feast day is on the 29th of September every year.
1.) Saint Christopher – Saint Christopher died for his faith in Christianity just like many other martyrs of the Church. His death took place in the third century. One of the many stories of Christopher’s life is one that deals with him unknowingly carrying Christ across a terribly dangerous river. Christopher carried Christ and felt the weight of the world on him just as Christ always does. Christ appeared to him in the form of a boy though, so Christopher was really stumped as too why the boy weighed so much when he went to take him across the river. However, he did not ask questions or quit because it was too hard. Christopher made it across the river and told the boy he was very heavy. The boy told Christopher then that he was Christ and that he had just served the son of God. He thanked Christopher for his service and disappeared. Christopher appears on the most medals out of any patron saint. He is pictured on almost any sports medal that you can think of, and that is why he is number one on this list.