Catholic Saints

Saint Dominic

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

The Patron Saint Dominic

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 Dominic
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Astronomers and Astronomy
  • Born: 1170 at Calaruega, Burgos, Castile, Spain
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: August 24th
  • Date of Death: Saint Dominic died in A.D. 1221
  • Cause of Death: Natural causes

Who or what is Saint Dominic the patron saint of?
Saint Dominic is the patron of Astronomers and Astronomy. 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 Dominic
The story and history of Saint Dominic. St. Dominic was the founder of the Dominican Order of Preaching Friars. A short time before he was born his mother (Blessed Joan of Aza) dreamed that she had brought forth a black and white dog carrying a lighted torch in its mouth. Then, when his godmother held him in her arms at the font, she beheld a star of extraordinary magnitude descend from heaven and settle on his brow. These portents gave rise to the belief that the infant was destined to shed a lustre upon the world. Dominic was born August 6, 1221 in Calaruega, Burgos, Castile in Spain. His family were quite wealthy and had a good standing in the community. Dominic was educated at the schools of Palencia and then attended university studying theology. He was an extremely pious man who gave away all of his possessions in an effort to relieve the suffering following a great Spanish famine in 1191. He preached strict reforms of religious establishments and eventually founded the Dominican Order of Preaching Friars. He denied himself any of life comforts and died on 6 August 1221.

Death of Saint Dominic
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 Dominic died in A.D. 1221. Cause of Death: Natural causes. 

Why is Saint Dominic the patron of Astronomers and Astronomy?
Why is Saint Dominic is the patron of Astronomers and Astronomy? Due to the legend of the star which settled on his brow during his christening.

How Saint Dominic is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Dominic 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 Dominic is represented in Christian Art with a lily in his hand symbolizing the purity of his life and a book symbolizing his great learning. The dog beside him, holding a flaming torch in his mouth and the star which appears either on his forehead or over his head are on account of the legend of Saint Dominic.

Feast Day of Saint Dominic
The Feast Day of Saint Dominic is August 24th. 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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