Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Boris
St. Boris was a Prince of the First Bulgarian Empire. He was baptized during his reign and some historians have go so far as to call him one of the great people in history. Boris reigned in a very different way than many other people in the history of the throne. He was a skilled diplomat and led to the Christianization of Bulgaria and other regions nearby. He also gave Christian disciples refuge from persecution in his territories. He abdicated the throne in 889 and his eldest son tried to restore the pagan religions, but he could not fight the power Boris still had over the region. Because his values reached far and wide, he is the patron saint of what is today known as Moscow.
St. Brigid of Ireland
St. Blessed Virgin Mary is also often called simply Mother of God. She was the wife of St. Joseph and she remains one of the greatest Christian saints of all time. She is considered to be above all other angels and men and she is venerated within many certain Christian groups. Mary's life and the role she would play in salvation were predicted back in the Old Testament. The events of her life are recorded in the New Testament and she gracefully fulfilled her duties as the loving Mother of God. Many countries, organizations, and countries have claimed Mary as their patron saint. Uruguay is one such nation.
St. Brendan's feast day is May 16th. He is often called a Navigator or Voyager and he is known as one of the early monastic saints from Ireland. He is most well known for his quest to what was called St. Brendan's Island and he was one of the 12 Apostles of Ireland. There are little definite details about his life other than approximate dates of his birth and death. Much of the stories that surround St. Brendan are legends that have uncertain histories. The Voyage of St. Brendan, however, is very well documented with over 100 manuscripts floating around Europe in many different translations.
St. Bridget has a feast day of February 1st. There are many stories and symbols that go along with her persona. Many different stories identify Bridget as a woman of noble faith who was unable to be swayed from her beliefs by any manner. She has been associated with sacred flames over the years due to the flames that the nuns in her sanctuary maintained on a regular basis. The eternal flames are often synonymous with healings and for this reason, St. Bridget was made the patron saint of healers.
St. Bridget went to Ireland a few years later than St. Patrick. Her father was an Irish Lord, but St. Bridget herself was known for becoming more holy and pious with each day as she grew up. She loved the poor and brought food and clothing to them on a regular basis. She gave away a whole pail of milk on one occasion and then began to worry that her mother would be upset. She prayed to God to help her make up for what she had given to others and when she arrived home, the pail of milk was once again full. Bridget was a very pretty girl and her father wanted her to marry, but she felt that she had already given herself entirely to God. When she realized her father intended for her to marry, she asked God to take away her beauty so she would be left alone. God granted her that wish and Bridget asked to become a nun. Her father allowed her to join the convent and once she was consecrated, her beauty returned. Bridget eventually founded a convent for young girls like herself. Since she was very knowledgeable and because of the story about the milk, she became the patron saint of dairy workers and scholars.