Catholic Saints

Saint Victor

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

The Patron Saint Victor

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 Victor
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Varese, Italy
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: May 8th
  • Born in Mauretania, Africa  - Sometimes referred to as Victor the Moor or Victor of Milan
  • Date of Death: Saint Victor died in A.D. 303
  • Cause of Death: Beheaded

Who or what is Saint Victor the patron saint of?
Saint Victor is the patron of Varese, Italy. 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 Victor
The story and history of Saint Victor. Saint Victor was born in Mauretania in Africa which was the Berber kingdom on the Mediterranean coast of north Africa (modern Morocco). Mauretania was named after the Mauri tribe, after whom the Moors were named. Sometimes Victor is therefore referred to as Victor the Moor. Mauretania was a Roman province under rule of the Roman Emperors. Victor became a soldier in the Roman army and moved his way through the ranks to become a member of the Praetorian Guard serving the Roman Emperor Maximian who was Roman Emperor for the Western Empire from 286 to 305. He was discovered to adhering to the Christian faith during the period when Romans worshipped the pagan Roman gods when he destroyed the altar of a Roman god. He was tortured by being roasted and sentenced to die by beheading in Milan in 303AD.

Death of Saint Victor
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 Victor died in A.D. 303. Cause of Death: Beheaded. 

How Saint Victor is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Victor 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. One of the attributes of Saint Victor in Christian Art is an oven, because he was thrust into a hot oven. More frequently however, we see him on a white charger leading his troops to victory.

Feast Day of Saint Victor
The Feast Day of Saint Victor is May 8th. 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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