Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint George
St. George has the feast day of April 23rd. In pictures of George, he is often shown killing a dragon and rescuing a beautiful woman. The dragon is a symbol of evil and the lady is one of God's true. George was a brace man who was ultimately successful over the devil. He was a soldier within the Roman army and he was a favorite fighter to the Emperor. George was a brave Christian and he is considered to be a real soldier for Christ. He never feared the persecutions that went on around him and he himself was tortured and eventually beheaded. Many of the soldiers around him were fully devoted to him and he was made the patron saint of soldiers and the country of England.
St. Genesius has the feast day of August 25th. He was an actor that played a man being baptized in a satire about Christianity. During that play, he realized the truth in the ceremony and became a Christian. He declared his Christianity when he was later presented to the Emperor and he was turned over to be tortured. Genesius persisted in his faith and was beheaded. Because he was a beloved actor, he became the patron saint of theatrical performers.
St. Genevieve has the feast day of January 3rd. She was born near Paris in 422. When she was 7 years old, she stood in a crowd gathered around a man of God who was traveling through the region. He pointed her out and told everyone that she was going to be faithful in her future. She visited the bishop and was consecrated to God as a virgin. Her life was made up of constant prayer, charitable acts, fasting and great austerity. Because she prayed against disasters and acts of war, she was made the patron saint of disasters.
St. Gerard Majellao
St. Gerard Majella has the feast day of October 16th. St. Gerard was born in Italy in 1726 and at the age of 23, he became a lay brother of the Redemptorists. He served as the tailor, gardener and in many other roles. Because it was greatly pious and wise, he was permitted to counsel women within the religious community. His charity made him one of the most perfect lay members. He died at the young age of 29, but was made the patron of expectant mothers because of his work with pregnant women within the parish.
St. Gertrude has a feast day of November 16th. She was placed into the care of Benedictine nuns at the age of 5 and she later became a nun herself. She elected Abbess of the monastery and she moved the nuns to a new location the ear after. Gertrude had a good education and she wrote and was often characterized by her great devotion to God and her passion for the Eucharist. Since she moved her nuns shortly into her Abbess duties, she was made the patron saint of travelers.