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A patron saint for the singles who wish to be married?


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#1 Nathaniel Woon

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 09:35 AM

I hope this does not seem strange but I have often wondered is there is a saint we can pray to for those in relationships and those who are single wish to be married - apart from the Theotokos is there anyone else we can go to for intercession?

#2 Theodora E.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 12:23 PM

St. Xenia of St. Petersburg

#3 Nathaniel Woon

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 09:37 AM

St. Xenia of St. Petersburg


That seems straighforward enough - I thought she was only for those with work problems! Her icon is on my icon corner. :)

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 07:29 PM

In Russia, the patron saints of married couples are SS Peter and Fevronia of Murom.

#5 Vasiliki D.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 10:49 PM

St George the Trophy Bearer and St Phanourios the Wonder-worker of Rhodes (if they are not one and the same Saint anyway) ... particulary St Phanourios for marriage.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 11:29 PM

Here is one story from the life of St. Xenia:

"Among the friends of Blessed Xenia there was a widow, Mrs. Golubev, and her seventeen-year- old daughter who was noted for her beauty. Xenia like this girl very much because of her meek, quiet character and her kind heart. Once Xenia came to visit them and the girl began to make coffee. "My beauty, -- said Xenia, turning to the girl, -- here you are making coffee and your husband is burying his wife in Okhta. Run there quickly!"

The girl was shocked. "My what?! I don’t have a husband... and burying his wife!". "Go!" -- Xenia answered sternly, not liking any kind of objection. The Golubevs, knowing well that the Blessed One never said anything without a reason, immediately obeyed her command and set out for Okhta. Here they saw that a funeral procession was headed for the cemetery and they joined in with the crowd of mourners. A young woman, the wife of a doctor, had died in childbirth and was being buried.

The Liturgy was celebrated, then the funeral service, after which the Golubevs followed as the coffin was carried to the grave. The funeral had ended and the people began to leave; however, they chanced upon the sobbing young widower who, at the sight of the grave mound over the remains of his beloved wife, lost consciousness and fell to the ground near the Golubevs. Both mother and daughter strove to bring him back to consciousness and to comfort him. They became acquainted and, eventually, the young Golubeva became the wife of the doctor." (http://www.stxenia.org/stxenia.html)

Also, according to some St. Theodore Tyron the Great Martyr helps find his or her future spouse.

#7 Michael Stickles

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 02:18 PM

I hope this does not seem strange but I have often wondered is there is a saint we can pray to for those in relationships and those who are single wish to be married - apart from the Theotokos is there anyone else we can go to for intercession?


Technically, you could pray to any saint to intercede for you for this or any other issue - while some saints come to be considered "specialists" in a given area, that doesn't mean you can't ask intercession from others. Don't forget about your name-saint!

In addition to those mentioned by the others, St. Emmelia (Emelia, Emilia) would be one to think about. She specifically looked for a man of godliness and virtue to marry, and the man she chose became recognized as a saint (St. Basil the Elder). One could ask to have the same wisdom and discernment in seeking a spouse that she had. Of note is that, of their ten children, five are recognized as saints by the church - St. Macrina, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Peter of Sebaste, and St. Theosebia.

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#8 Caleb Shoemaker

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 09:34 PM

I would say don't overlook Sts Ruth and Naomi (the icon in Hebrew is one of my favorite), but surely Ruth was a woman who sought God's will for her married life, and her mother-in-law Naomi was a godly woman who made preparations for her daughter-in-law to marry a righteous man.

#9 Margaret S.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 10:00 PM

...St Phanourios the Wonder-worker of Rhodes... particulary St Phanourios for marriage.


I don't know specifically about St Phanourios for marriage (not my path) but I do know from repeated experience that as the "finding things" saint he will not only help you find things you've lost but also things you don't have and need soooo take Vasiliki's advice :)

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#10 Nathaniel Woon

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:35 AM

Thanks for the responses. St. George the Trophybearer and St Theodore the Tyron are already on my prayer corner. I need to know more about St. Phanourios.




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