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Saints

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?

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Cornish Saints – Saint Endelienta, Minver and Cleer

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Saint Endelienta Feast day: 29th April Saint Endelienta was a daughter of King Brychan, who settled in Saint Endellion and taught the Christian faith. Two nearby wells are named after her. Wells were a source of water used for baptism and other religious purposes. Saint Endelienta’s altar […]

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Cornish Saints – Saint Germanus, Saint Neot, Saint Petroc and Saint Sampson

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St. Germanus Feast day: 31st July St. Germanus was elected Bishop of Auxerie, France, in 4l8 CE at the time that the Roman Empire was falling apart. He was twice sent to Britain to argue against the false teachings of Pelagius. On his second visit […]

Cornish Saints – Saint Piran

Why are Saints so important?

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Cornish Saints – Saint Piran

Why are Saints so important?

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St. Austell, St. Ives, St. Minver, Perranporth … in Cornwall, saints are everywhere! Towns and villages are named after churches founded by them or dedicated to their memory. Why are they so important? Saint Piran Patron Saint of Cornwall Feast day: 5th March Saint Piran […]

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What makes a person a saint?

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Saints

What makes a person a saint?

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Introduction The Bible uses the word ‘saints’ to mean all Christians (Romans 1:6-7). From the earliest times, Christians looked at good examples of other Christians, whose lives really showed the love of Christ. The lives of the Apostles were studied because it was believed they […]

Saint Winifred

Why was Saint Winifred killed?

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Saint Winifred

Why was Saint Winifred killed?

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Learn why Saint Winifred was killed and how Holywell has become a special place of pilgrimage.

Saint Catherine

The Saint of Teachers and Philosophers

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Saint Catherine

The Saint of Teachers and Philosophers

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Saint Catherine was regarded as being a great thinker and philosopher – she was able to argue wisely about Christianity and convinced many people that following Jesus was the best way to live their lives. Learn more about her in this film.

Saint Peter

The First Pope

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Saint Peter

The First Pope

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Saint Peter, formally Simon, was renamed by Jesus – a sign that Peter was going to be one of the founders of the Christian Church. Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends and disciples – he followed Jesus with enthusiasm and zeal. However, he sometimes […]

Saint Julian

Finding confidence in God

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Saint Julian

Saint Julian

Finding confidence in God

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Saint Julian was a woman who lived through some of England’s toughest times, yet knew that all would be well in God.

Saint George

Did he slay a dragon?

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Saint George

Did he slay a dragon?

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The Patron Saint of England and a brave solider…but did he slay a dragon? Watch this film to find out.

Saint David

The Patron Saint of Wales

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Saint David

The Patron Saint of Wales

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Watch this film to learn about Saint David – the disciplined Abbot and Church planter, who worked like he was working for God.