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To answer the "when" question, the exact date is unknown (patron saint assignments were not decided by official decree, but rather were adopted by people over time), but the association dates back to at least the Middle Ages. As alluded to by previous answers, there are two theories on "why" question. Theory 1: anointing Jesus' feet The first is that ...


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The book Flower, the Story of the Nativity (p126-27), by Wayne E. Stahre, includes an interesting footnote in reference to this: Mary Magdalene is the patron saint of hairdressers. The Talmud refers to a "medadela neshaya," which apparently means "women's hairdresser." The word "megadela"or "mgadla" has a phonetic connection to the name "Magdalene," and ...


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A search of the Catechism, as well as of the Vatican website and of the Catholic Encyclopedia article, do not reveal any particular official protocol to decide whether a given saint is to be considered a patron saint, and of what. Searching through the Vatican's website for the term "patron saint" yields a number of references to patron saints, including at ...


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To add to the other answers given here, in the Catholic liturgy (Mass, Liturgy of the Hours), it is common to address the saints as “blessed.” It is not exactly a title, but a term of respect that recognizes their condition of beatitude in Heaven. For example, the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I) says two paragraphs before the epiclesis (the invocation of ...


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Why does someone have to have a miracle (or two) attributed to them before they can officially become a Saint? [...] Understood as asking, "Why is there a formal Canonization process within the Church and why are miracles required when 'clear evidence of a righteous [life ought to be sufficient]'?" The latter part of the question is answered by this ...


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Luke 1:42 (here NIV): 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! If the title 'blessed virgin' has its origin here, the word 'blessed' means 'favoured' rather than 'on its way ...


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Like many words, "blessed" has several distinct (though related) meanings. One is as a title for people who have been beatified but not canonized (so it's between "venerable" and "saint"). Another refers to having received some unusual benefit, so that we might say someone was blessed with great intelligence, or with wealth, or with a loving family, etc. ...


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Paul refers to “the saints” many times in his writings. The clearest definition of a saint is found in his salutation at the beginning of 1 Corinthians: 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called ...


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Your instincts are good. I found this answer here: The custom of adopting a saint’s name at confirmation was done in order to adopt the saint as a special heavenly patron or to honor a saint to whom one had a special devotion. In short, the purpose was to give the confirmand the opportunity to develop his understanding of and reliance on the ...



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