Catholic Saints

Saint Clare

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Clare
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Clare
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Clare
  • What is Saint Clare the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Clare is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

Saint Clare
The founder of the Grey Sisters, the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares)

The Patron Saint Clare

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries? The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country. There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest. There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Clare
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Television
  • Born: 16 July 1194 at Assisi, Italy
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: August 12th
  • Date of Death: Saint Clare died in A.D. 1253
  • Cause of Death: Natural causes

Who or what is Saint Clare the patron saint of?
Saint Clare is the patron of Television. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to Saint Clare

Why is Saint Clare the patron saint of Television?
On February 17, 1958, Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of television, on the basis that, when she was too ill to attend a Mass, she had been miraculously able to see and hear it on the wall of her room.

The Story and History of Saint Clare
The story and history of Saint Clare. Clare was born into a wealthy and noble family in Italy, the eldest daughter of Favorino Scifi, Count of Sasso-Rosso. She heard St Francis of Assisi preach and was inspired to emulate his lifestyle. She left her rich home and surroundings and established an order of nuns called the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) at San Damiano which she led for 40 years, until her death. The order was strict, but happy and the nuns led a most frugal life in sparse surroundings with simple clothes, no shoes, they ate no meat and kept silent most of the time. She lived during the time of political power struggles in Italy and her legend tells that when the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa (Red Beard) was ravaging the shores of the Adriatic against the forces of Pope Innocent III, she comforted her nuns with the declaration that God would not permit him to invade their convent. Full of faith, she placed the pyx of ivory and silver on the threshold, and kneeling down with the sisterhood, sang, "Thou hast rebuked the heathen, Thou hast destroyed the wicked, Thou hast put out their name for ever and ever." In consequence, the knights of Frederick I left them in peace.

Death of Saint Clare
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Clare died in A.D. 1253. Cause of Death: Natural causes. 

How Saint Clare is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Clare in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Clare is represented in Christian Art with the pyx (the pyx is a small box used to contain the Blessed Sacrament when taking communion to the sick), in allusion to the miraculous dispersion of the Saracens during the crusades.

Feast Day of Saint Clare
The Feast Day of Saint Clare is August 12th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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