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Saint Matthew, depicted with an angel, is the patron saint of Salerno, Italy, bankers, and tax collectors
A "Saint Honoré Cake Shop" in Hong Kong. Saint Honorius (Honoré) is the patron saint of bakers and confectioners.

A patron saint is a saint who is regarded as the intercessor and advocate in heaven of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, or person.[1] Patron saints, because they have already transcended to the metaphysical, are able to intercede effectively for the needs of their special charges. Some consider it a special devotion to God by displaying humility in asking a saint for intercession instead of being answered themselves. [2]

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Lists of patron saints

See also

References

  1. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language,Fourth Edition Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
  2. ^ Job 42:8

External links

 "Patron Saints". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/Patron_Saints. 


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