Catholic Saints

Saint Genevieve

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

The Patron Saint Genevieve

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. A martyr is one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions.

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

  • The patron of Paris, disasters and fever
  • Born: Nanterre near Paris, France
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: January 3rd
  • Date of Death: Saint Genevieve died in 507
  • Cause of Death Natural Causes

Who or what is Saint Genevieve the patron saint of?
Saint Genevieve is the patron of Paris, disasters and fever. 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.

Why is Saint Genevieve the patron of Paris, disasters and fever?
Why is Saint Genevieve is the patron of Paris, disasters and fever? St. Genevieve is the patroness of Paris, because she was chiefly instrumental in banishing paganism from that city. The procession of the relics of St. Genevieve through Paris is believed to have ended an epidemic.

Death of Saint Genevieve
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 Genevieve died in 507. Cause of Death - Natural Causes 

How Saint Genevieve is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Genevieve 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. Despite the piety of her life she was beset by demons. Often during her vigils the tapers would be extinguished, and as quickly re-kindled by her prayers and faith. "For God never permitted her to remain in the dark when she prayed for light." St. Genevieve is therefore represented in Christian Art with a lighted taper in her hand, and a demon trying to blow it out from behind her shoulder with a pair of bellows.

Feast Day of Saint Genevieve
The Feast Day of Saint Genevieve is January 3rd. 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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