Catholic Saints

Saint Paul

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

The Patron Saint Paul

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 Paul
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of London, Authors, Press, Publishers and Writers
  • Born: As Saul in c 3AD Tarsus, Cilicia (modern Turkey)
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: June 29th / 30th
  • Date of Death: Saint Paul died in A.D. 64
  • Cause of Death: Beheaded

Who or what is Saint Paul the patron saint of?
Saint Paul is the patron of London, Authors, Press, Publishers and Writers. 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 St. Paul

The Story and History of Saint Paul
The story and history of Saint Paul. Paul was born as Saul (his Roman name) in c 3 AD at Tarsus, Cilicia (modern Turkey) He was the son of Jewish parents who was brought up according to the strict influential party of the Pharisees who enjoyed the high distinction of Roman citizenship. The Pharisees were extremely zealous in their commitment to the Law and who would later oppose and persecute Jesus and His teachings and plot his death. The family were tent-makers by trade. Paul did not get to know Jesus during His early years as he travelled a lot. When he returned to Jerusalem he became a bitter opponent of Jesus and the new Christian religion. Saul travelled to Damascus to arrest another group of Christians. On his journey to Damascus he was knocked to the ground and struck blind by a heavenly light he special revelation which had a profound spiritual effect on him. Saul converted to Christianity and was later baptised with the name of Paul. He began travelling and preaching and spent time in the dessert preparing for his evangelical mission and where he received other revelations. He travelled with Barnabas on his first missionary journey to preach in Tarsus, Damascus, Antioch and Cyprus. He then went on to  preach in Asia Minor, Europe and Ephesus.  Between his missions he returned to Jerusalem four times. On his fifth return to Jerusalem Paul was arrested and held as a prisoner for two years at Caesarea. Paul claimed his right as a Roman citizen to be tried in Rome and in 60AD was sent by sea to Rome. On the journey Paul was shipwrecked and delayed on the island of Malta. In Rome he was released after two years and continued with his missions. He returned to Rome in 63/64AD during the rule of the Roman Emperor Nero (r.54-68). In 64 AD Nero set fire to Rome and blamed the Christians for its destruction. Paul was one of the Christians who was taken prisoner and was sentenced to death by beheading.

Death of Saint Paul
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 Paul died in A.D. 64. Cause of Death: Beheaded. 

Why is Saint Paul the patron of London?
Why is Saint Paul is the patron of London? St. Paul is the patron of the City of London, the church rebuilt upon the site of an ancient temple of Diana having been dedicated to the Apostle by Sebert, King of the East Saxons. The so-called "dagger" in the City arms is really the sword (accommodated to one of the quarters of the shield representing St. George's Cross) with which St. Paul as a Roman citizen was beheaded.

Why is Saint Paul the patron of Authors, Press, Publishers and Writers?
Why is Saint Paul the patron of Authors, Press, Publishers and Writers? Because he was a prolific contributor to the New Testament from his fourteen letters largely written to churches which he had founded or visited.

How Saint Paul is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Paul 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 Paul is represented in Christian Art as a man holding a sword and a book.

Feast Day of Saint Paul
The Feast Day of Saint Paul is June 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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