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The Shepherd's Guild

Designated Saints

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The following is a list of Saints called upon for special purposes:

To Have a Child
St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos
St. Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner
St. Sabbas the Sanctified of Palestine
St. Irene Chrysovolantou
 
For Safe Childbirth
St. Eleftherios
 
For the Care & Protection of Infants
St. Stylianos
 
For Young People
St. Demetrios the Great Martyr & Wonderworker
 
Delivery from Sudden Death
St. Barbara the Great Martyr
 
Against Drinking
St. Boniface the Martyr & the Righteous Aglais
 
For Travelers
St. Nicholas: in general, & specifically for sea travel
St. John the Russian: for transport, auto & busses
St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople: for safety at sea
 
For Cobblers
St. Eustathius the Cobbler of Georgia
 
For Physicians
St. Panteleimon
The Holy Unmercenaries, Saint Cosmas & Damian
 
For the Kitchen, Home
St. Euphrosynos the Cook
St. Sergius of Radonezh: for baking
Sts Spyridon & Kikodim of Kievo-Pechersk: Prosphora making
 
For Trading
St. Paraskeva
 
For Headaches
St. Demas the New Martyr of Smyrna
 
For Eyes
St. Paraskeva
 
For Ears
St. Spyridon the Wonderworker
 
For Teeth
St. Antipas of Pergamum
 
For Hernias & Intestinal Disorders
St. Artemius the Great Martyr
St. Artemius of Verkola
 
For Throat
St. Blaise of Sebastia
 
For Stone-workers
St. Florus & Laurus, Holy Martyrs
 
For Soldiers
Holy Archangel Michael
St. George the Great Martyr
St. Barbara the Great Martyr
 
For Spiritual Help, Consolation & Compunction
St. Ephraim the Syrian
St. Alexis the Man of God
St. Seraphim of Sarov
 
For a Good End to One's Life
Holy Archangel Michael
St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople
 
For Captives and Court Cases
St. Onouphrios the Great
St. Peter of Athos
St. George the Great Marytr
 
For Children
St. Basil the Great
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
St. Stelianos
 
For Godparents
St. John the Forerunner (Baptist)
 
For Orphans
St. Basil the Great
 
For Shepherds
St. Demetrios the Great Martyr
St. George the Great Martyr
 
For Warriors
St. George the Great Martyr (and Victorius)
St. Procopius
St. Theodore Tyron
St. Theodore Stratilates
 
For Artillerymen
Saint Barbara
 
 

In the Orthodox Church there are six classifications of Saints:
 
1.  The Apostles, who were the first ones to spread the message of the  Incarnation of the Word of God and of salvation through Christ.
 
2.  The Prophets, because they predicted and prophesied the coming of the Messiah.
 
3.  The Martyrs, for sacificing their lives and fearlessly confessing Jesus Christ  as the Son of God and Savior of mankind.
 
4.  The Fathers and Hierarchs of the Church, who excelled in explaining and defending, by word and deed, the Christian Faith.
 
5.  The Monastics, who lived in the desert and dedicated themselves to spiritual exercise (askesis), reaching, as far as possible, perfection in Christ.
 
6.  The Just, those who lived in the world, leading exemplary lives as clergy or laity with their families, becoming examples for imitation in society.
 
Each and every one among these saints has his or her own calling and characteristics: they all fought the "good fight for the faith" (I Tim. 6:12 and II Tim. 4:7). All of them applied in their lives the scriptural virtues of "justice, piety, fidelity, love, fortitude and gentleness" (I Tim. 6:11).
 
Terms for Saints:
 
Equal-to-the-Apostles: are saints who, like  the Apostles, labored to turn countries and peoples to Christ. Such are the baptizer of Rus Prince Vladimir and the Princess Olga; the Emperors Constantine and Elena.
 
Venerable: (coming to resemble the Lord): saints, attaining glory in monastic toil. Through fasting, prayer, labors they formed in their souls great virtues--humility, chastity, meekness. Probably every monastery is glorified before God with a holy saint. In Russia, St. Sergius of Radonezh and St. Seraphim of Sarov are particularly loved. Among the venerable women the most well-known is St. Mary of Egypt.
 
Confessors the Church calls those, who suffered much for Christ, but did not suffer a martyr's death.
 
Unmercenaries had the gifts of healing and used it without compensation. Such doctors were the Saints Cosmos and Damian.
 
Fools-for-Christ, taking on the appearance of madness and suffering defamation from those around them, exposed human vices, brought those in power to their senses, comforted the suffering. Some of these are Xenia of St. Petersburg, St. Basil the Moscow, Nicholas of Pskov and John of Rostov ("the Hairy").
 
Source: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, "A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America" and www.fatheralexander.org

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Sts. Cosmas & Damian of Rome ("Come and See Icons")

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St. Panteleimon

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St. Cosmas of Aetolia

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St. John of the Ladder

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St. Demetrius the Great Martyr and the Myrrh-Streamer

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St. Sylvester's new Hieromartyr Omsk (13/26 February 1920)

For Help in Distress, Poverty, Etc.
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
St. John the Almsgiver of Alexandria
St. John of Kronstadt
 
For Finding Things
St. Phanourios the Great Martyr
St. Menas the Great Martyr of Egypt
 
For the Meeting a Difficult Situation, an Interview, Etc.
St. David the Prophet, Psalmist & King
The Holy Unmercenaries & Helpers Sts. Cosmas & Damian of Rome
Sts. Panteleimon & Hermolaus
St. Julian the Martyr
St. John of Kronstadt
St. Nectarios of Aegina
Holy Archangel Raphael
 
For Animals  & Livestock
St. George: cattle & herds
St. Parthenius of Radovysdius: cattle
Sts. Spevsippus, Elesippus & Melevsippus: horses
St. Tryphon: geese
 
For Finding Employment
St. Xenia of St. Petersburg
 
For Help in Studies
The Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian
St. Sergius of Radonezh
St. John of Kronstadt
St. Julian the Philosopher
 
For Church-Chanting
St. Romanos the Melodist
 
For Iconographers
St. Luke the Apostle and Evangelist
St. John of Damascus
 
For Patient Endurance of Affliction
St. Job the Much-Suffering
Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia: especially in freezing cold weather
Holy Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorion
 
For Protection Against Thieves
St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Kievo-Pechersk
 
For Protection of Crops from Pests
St. Michael of Synnada
 
For the Protection of Gardens Against Pests
St. Tryphon the Great Martyr: also for hunters and Patron of Moscow
 
Against Demons & Witchcraft
Sts. Cyprian & Justina
St. Theodore Sykeote
St. Mitrophan of Voronezh
 
For Chastity & Help in Carnal Warfare
St. John the Forerunner
St. Demetrios the Great Martyr
St. John the Much-Suffering
Holy Martyr Theodore the Byzantine
Holy Marytr Ignatios of Athos
St. Mary of Egypt
St. Joseph the All-Comely
St. Susanna (Old Testament)
 
For Mental Disorders
St. Naum of Ochrid
St. Anastasia
St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia: the possessed
 
Against Plague
St. Haralambos
St. Marina the Great Martyr
 
For Help Agains Quick-Temper & Despondency
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
 
For Workers in Hospitals
Holy Unmercenaries Saints Cosmas & Damian
St. Dositheus, Disciple of Abba Dorotheus
 
For Guilelessness & Simplicity
Holy Apostle Nathaniel & St. Paul the Simple
 
For the Poor
St. Basil the Great
St. George the Great
 
 

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St. George

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St. Nektarios of Aegina

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St. Xenia of St. Petersburg

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St. Stylianos

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St. Euphrosynos the Cook (mstera-art.ru)

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Saint Luke, Bishop of Simferopol and Crimea, the Blessed Surgeon

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St John Chrysostom

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Apostle Paul teaching St John Chrysostom

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Saint Paraskeva