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Patron saints in Eastern Orthodoxy

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#1 Kevin G.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

My question here is simple - how does the concept of Patron Saints function in Eastern Orthodoxy versus how it functions in Roman Catholicism? Is there something parallel to the RC concept of individual Saints being ones you should pray for in certain circumstances, or if you are a certain kind of person?

If that is the case, then, I'd like to ask what the patronage of St. Maximus the Confessor is. Thank you.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:25 PM

While the Orthodox do have traditions of praying to certain saints for intercession in specific situations, ailments, etc, it is by no means as structured and codified as it is in the Roman Catholic church. While some saints are associated with specific things, it is just as common to pray to one's own patron saint (the saint whose name we bear), or to Christ or the Mother of God (especially the Mother of God! :-) ) for help.

#3 Paul Cowan

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:58 AM

There are a couple of threads on this and the list of saints we pray to for "needs". The search feature should pull them up.


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