Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Edward The Confessor
St. Edward has a feast day of October 13th. He was the son of King Ethelred the Third, born on Islip, England and then sent to Normandy with his mother. He eventually became the King of England and his reign was very peaceful due to his good rule and the resending of various taxes. He also favored Normans, however, which led to an unrest between the Saxon and Godwin supporters. At one point, Edward became very interested and involved in religious affairs and he had Abbey at Westminster built and named after St. Peter. He is buried at the Abbey and his pious nature earned him the name of The Confessor. Because he lost his first wife and suffered a difficult marriage himself and was always sympathetic to others in that situation, he became the patron saint of difficult marriages.
St. Eligius has a feast day of December 1st. He is also sometimes called Eloi and was born in France around 590. He became a skillful metal smith and was even a master of the mint in Paris under King Clotaire II. Eligius became friends with the king and his reputation within his occupation spread even farther. He gained plenty of fame and fortune, but he was generous with his wealth, distributing most of it to the poor. He also built several churches and a monastery in the region. Later in his life, he fulfilled his desire to serve God in a more direct manner and he became ordained as a priest. He later become a bishop and preached in many surrounding countries, leading to hundreds of conversions. Since he used his talents to benefit the image of God and faithfulness as a whole, he became the patron saint of metalworkers.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Elizabeth has a feast day of January 5th. She was the first native American to be canonized as a saint into the Catholic Church. She was born just two years before the American Revolution began and she grew up in the thick of the New York society. She loved to read every book, but especially the Bible. Because of her background in the high society, her early years were quiet and simple. As she got older, the Bible became her sole instructional tool and she used it for comfort and support. She married in 1794 and had a great deal of happiness for several years. Four years later, however, her husband's father died leaving the couple to care for his seven half siblings and the family business. Her husband's business and then his health failed and he eventually died. These events only drew Elizabeth closer to God in her suffering.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207. She was the daughter of the kind of the country and at the age of 4, she was sent away for her education. As she learned and grew, her knowledge and love for God also grew. She married in 1221, due to an arrangement made by her parents during her childhood. Though she had a high position in court, she led a simple life and devoted herself to charitable acts. Her husband himself enjoyed a religions life and held her virtue in high esteem. They had three children before her husband was killed fighting Crusaders. After he died, Elizabeth renounced the world and became a tertiary at St. Francis. She built a hospital and devoted herself to caring for the sick. One of the symbols she is nearly always pictured with is bread. Therefore, she became the patron saint of bakers.