Catholic Saints

Saint David

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

The Patron Saint David

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 David
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Wales and doves
  • Place of Birth: Caerfai, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: March 1st
  • Date of Death: Saint David died in A.D. 554
  • Cause of Death: Natural causes

Who or what is Saint David the patron saint of?
Saint David is the patron of Wales and doves. 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 David
The story and history of Saint David. St. David patron saint of Wales, was the son of a prince of Cardiganshire, of the royal line of Cunedda Whedig. On the spot where he received his education, now St. David's, he founded a convent with a most rigorous rule; and when, after the synod at Brevy in 519, Dubricius, of Dyvrig, Archbishop of Caerleon, resigned the See to him, he removed the archiepiscopal seat to the same place. He died in 554, and was buried in the Cathedral, where a simple monument marks his tomb.

Death of Saint David
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 David died in A.D. 554. Cause of Death: Natural causes. 

Why is Saint David the patron of Wales and doves?
Why is Saint David is the patron of Wales and doves? Wlaes because of his association with the country and doves because legend tells that once when he was preaching, a dove descended to his shoulder to show he had the blessings of God

How Saint David is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint David 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 David is represented in Christian Art with bbbbbb.

Feast Day of Saint David
The Feast Day of Saint David is March 1st. 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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