Catholic Saints

Saint Helena

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

The Patron Saint Helena

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 Helena
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Archaeologists
  • Born: c250 in Bithynia a Roman province of Turkey in the northwest of Asia Minor
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: August 18th
  • Date of Death: Saint Helena died in A.D. 328
  • Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Who or what is Saint Helena the patron saint of?
Saint Helena is the patron of Archaeologists. 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 Helena
The story and history of Saint Helena. Flavia Julia Helena Augusta rose from humble beginnings as a stabularia, inn-keeper, to become the mother of the great Christian Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. She was born c250 in Bithynia (modern day Turkey), a Roman province, in the northwest of Asia Minor. A Roman general called Constantius Chlorus met Helena whilst on a military campaign in Asia Minor. They became the parents of Constantine who became the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. Helena was not accepted in Roman society and Constantius Chlorus married a more socially suitable wife. Her son was proclaimed emperor at York in AD 306 and Helena moved to Rome where she converted to Christianity. The Emperor honored his mother and Constantine bestowed the title of Augusta on Helena. Augusta was the feminine form of the title Augustus and usually given to the wives or relatives of the Roman Emperors. Helena went on her famous pilgrimage to the Holy Land where legend tells that she found three crosses buried under the earth where Christ had died in Jerusalem. Helena built a church on the site where the 'Parts of the True Cross' were found. Following her pilgrimage, Helena died in Trier in Germany at the age of eighty in AD 328.

Death of Saint Helena
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 Helena died in A.D. 328. Cause of Death: Natural Causes. 

Why is Saint Helena the patron of Archaeologists?
Why is Saint Helena is the patron of Archaeologists? Because according to legend Saint Helena found three crosses buried under the earth where Christ had died in Jerusalem - the 'Parts of the True Cross'. 

How Saint Helena is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Helena 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 Helena is represented in Christian Art with a crown on her head as empress, and embracing the Cross, because it is to her that modern Christians are indebted for the finding of the True Cross.

Feast Day of Saint Helena
The Feast Day of Saint Helena is August 18th. 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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