A saint in the Christian tradition is someone who follows Jesus. A saint is someone who has been sanctified (that means, ‘made holy’) because of the presence of God in their life. Over the centuries many Christians who have died because of their faith have been recognised officially as saints, because of the sacrifice they have made. These stories of the saints have been told throughout generations, and people have learned from them and been encouraged in their own faith. Many saints have their own special day where they are remembered throughout the church year. All Saints Day is celebrated on 1st November to remember all the Christian saints who don’t have a special day. Often towns and villages will be named after a local saint and countries often have a patron saint.
In this section you can find out more about some of the early Saints and their stories. Many were ordinary people who led extraordinary lives. Why not find out more about St. Hilda, a wise woman of Whitby, or St. Lawrence, the patron saints of cooks?
Did you know in some countries people are traditionally named after saints, and celebrate their saint’s day rather than their birthday? Why not find out if you share your name with a saint and if you have a saint’s day to celebrate?Bookmark