Catholic Saints

Saint Theresa

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

The Patron Saint Theresa

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 Theresa
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Headache sufferers
  • Born: March 28, 1515 at Avila, Castile, Spain
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: October 17
  • Date of Death: Saint Theresa died on October 4, 1582 at Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain
  • Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Who or what is Saint Theresa the patron saint of?
Saint Theresa is the patron of Headache sufferers. 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 Theresa

The Story and History of Saint Theresa
The story and history of Saint Theresa. Theresa was born on March 28, 1515 at Avila, Castile, Spain as Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada. She came from a wealthy and noble Spanish family and was the daughter of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda and Dona Beatriz. Theresa was extremely well educated due to her privileged background. She suffered from many illnesses throughout her life and often turned to her studies and her conviction in the Catholic faith. She felt a true vocation for the religious life although this was strongly opposed by her father. She ran away from home and joined a convent of Carmelite nuns. Her father then capitulated realising the intensity of her beliefs. During her illnesses she experienced many mystical visions. She founded a Carmelite monastery for nuns adhering to absolute poverty. Theresa was a prolific writer of mystical literature of the Roman Catholic Church. Saint Theresa died on October 4, 1582 at Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain.

The Carmelite Convent at the birthplace of St. Theresa
The Carmelite Convent which she founded at her birthplace, Avila, in Castile, is now her shrine. The nuns, it may be added, never occupy the choir-stalls in the chapel, but sit on the steps, because, as they say, the angels were accustomed to sit there whenever the saint attended Mass.

Death of Saint Theresa
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 Theresa died in A.D. 1582. Cause of Death: Natural Causes.

How Saint Theresa is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Theresa 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 Theresa is represented in Christian Art with kneeling in prayer, with an angel a short distance above piercing her heart with a flame tipped arrow, in token of the Divine love with which she was animated.

Feast Day of Saint Theresa
The Feast Day of Saint Theresa is October 17. 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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