|Saints Crispin and Crispian (AKA Crispinian)|
They are the patron saints of cobblers and shoemakers, and of course I have already mentioned my star-crossed love affair with shoes. Their feast day is October 25.
|Saint Joan of Arc|
|Saint Martin of Tours.|
He is not trying to stab the beggar; he is cutting his cloak in half
to share with the beggar.
Saint-stealing. Even though it's not supposed to be funny it is, and I always imagine it as a Monty Python sketch.
St. Martin is also the patron saint of beggars, innkeepers, and soldiers. His feast day is November 11—nicely appropriate, as November 11 is Veterans' Day.
Now let me praise the keeper of Heaven's kingdom,
The might of the Creator, and his thought,
The work of the Father of glory, how each of wonders
The Eternal Lord established in the beginning.
He first created for the sons of men
Heaven as a roof, the holy Creator,
Then Middle-earth the keeper of mankind,
The Eternal Lord, afterwards made,
The earth for men, the Almighty Lord.**
Fans of J.R.R. Tolkein will notice the reference to Middle Earth in Caedmon's Hymn. Tolkein was a great medievalist who obviously knew his Caedmon.
I can't find any patronage for St. Caedmon, but it stands to reason that he would be the patron saint of Hobbits. His feast day is February 11.
|Saint Denis, as I first made his acquaintance.|
See his head? Notice how it isn't where it's supposed to be? This apparently happened a lot to martyrs of the early Catholic church, this having their heads lopped off. When St. Denis lost his, on top of Montmartre, he picked it up, tucked it under his arm, and walked down the hill to his burial place.
But wait—there's more! Apparently this practice was so common (the picking up of the head and walking off, not the lopping, although that would have had to have been pretty widespread as well) that these martyrs get their very own name—"cephalophore."
Which I always have difficulty remembering, usually coming up with "cephalopod" instead.
Which would explain why I believe that St. Denis is the patron saint of fried calamari.
He is also invoked against headaches (go figure). His feast day is October 9.
*This is definitely not the official stance of the Catholic Church. I don't care. Cross-dressers need a patron saint as much as anyone else.
**There are other translations in existence. I like this one for its clarity, although at the expense of the alliterative verse form.