Saint of the Day
In times past there was a Catholic Saint for practically every day of the year and these are referred to as the Feast Days or Saint's Days. What is the origin and meaning of Feast Days and why are they referred to as Saint of the Day? Many saints have specially designated feast days which are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day.
The Catholic Saint's 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 entrance into heaven.
Eventually, as time passed, practically every day of the year had at least one saint who was commemorated on that date - a Saint of the day.
Saint of the Day - Changes & Reforms
The dates and names attributed to the Saint of the year section include those used by many Catholics in America in the 1900's as detailed in the Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler which was taken from the Benziger Brothers edition of the book published in 1894. Various changes and reforms have resulted in different calendars culminating in the General Roman Calendar of 1962.