Catholic Saints

Saint Dorothy

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

Saint Dorothy
(aka St. Dorothea of Cappadocia)

The Patron Saint Dorothy

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 Dorothy
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Florists
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: February 6th
  • Date of Death: Saint Dorothy died at Caesarea, Cappodocia, Turkey  A.D. 303
  • Cause of Death: Beheaded

Who or what is Saint Dorothy the patron saint of?
Saint Dorothy is the patron of Florists. 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.

The Story and History of Saint Dorothy
The story and history of Saint Dorothy. Dorothy or Dorothea was born in Turkey which was a Roman province under the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (r.284-305). Emperor Diocletian mounted some of the fiercest persecutions of the early Church especially in the East of the Empire. Her family converted to Christianity and her parents were sentenced to death for their convictions. Dorothy was offered leniency if she would renounce Christianity, worship the Roman gods and take a husband. She refused and was tortured. She still would not renounce her faith and was sentenced to death by beheading.

The Legend of Saint Dorothy
According to the legend, her profession of faith to the Romans was this: "I serve the Son of God, Christ, mine espoused! His dwelling is Paradise; by His side are joys eternal; and in His garden grow celestial fruits and roses that never fade!" While on her way to execution she was scoffingly asked by a young lawyer to send him some of the roses she had spoken of on joining her bridegroom. Whereupon she answered, "Thy request, O Theophilus, is granted!" Immediately after her martyrdom an angel appeared to him with a basket of celestial fruit and flowers, saying, "Dorothy sends thee these!" and then vanished.  

Death of Saint Dorothy
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 Dorothy died in A.D. 303. Cause of Death: Beheaded. 

Why is Saint Dorothy the patron of Florists?
Why is Saint Dorothy is the patron of Florists?

How Saint Dorothy is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Dorothy 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 Dorothy is represented in Christian Art with roses in her lap or in her hand or with an angel standing by offering her three roses and three apples.

Feast Day of Saint Dorothy
The Feast Day of Saint Dorothy is February 6th. 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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