Catholic Saints

Saint Martha

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

The Patron Saint Martha
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 Martha
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Housewives and Domestic workers
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: July 29th
  • Sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany
  • Date of Death: Saint Martha died in A.D. 84
  • Cause of Death: Natural causes

Who or what is Saint Martha the patron saint of?
Saint Martha is the patron of Housewives and Domestic workers. 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.

Prayer to Saint Martha

The Story and History of Saint Martha
The story and history of Saint Martha. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus. Martha lived with her family in a place called Bethany. Bethany is identified with the modern day Palestinian village of al-Eizariya which is located on the south eastern slope of the Mount of Olives, two miles from Jerusalem. Jesus is said to have stayed with the family at Bethany after his entry into Jerusalem.  It was from also Bethany that Jesus parted from his disciples. Martha served Jesus and showed him great hospitality whist he was visiting her house. Her brother, Lazarus, fell ill and Martha sent word to Jesus. When Jesus arrived Lazarus was already dead and been in the tomb for four days. Martha reproached Jesus but Jesus assured her that Lazarus would rise. Martha misunderstood his words and thought this referred to rising on Judgement Day. Jesus replied to Martha "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die". Jesus then instructed that the stone was rolled away from the tomb and he called Lazarus to him. Lazarus walked out of the tomb, he had risen from the dead - the miracle of Lazarus. Martha follwed Jesus until the time of his crucifixion. It was then believed that Martha, Mary and Lazarus left Judea and went to France where she died in 84AD.

Death of Saint Martha
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 Martha died in A.D. 84. Cause of Death: Natural causes. 

Why is Saint Martha the patron of Housewives and Domestic workers?
Why is Saint Martha is the patron of Housewives and Domestic workers? Because she willingly served Jesus.

How Saint Martha is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Martha 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 Martha is represented in Christian Art in homely garments, with a ladle or skimmer in her hand, and a bunch of keys hanging from her girdle. Occasionally we see her with an asperge (a perforated container for sprinkling holy water)  and holy water, and a dragon at her feet. This is because, according to the legend, she delivered the neighbourhood of Aix, in Provence, of a dragon that lay concealed on the banks of the Rhone.

Feast Day of Saint Martha
The Feast Day of Saint Martha is July 29th. 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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