All My Saints and Martyrs - St. Nicholas and Many More

"Saint Nicholas of Myra saves three innocents from death." 1888

Preserved in the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
Preserved in the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg. | Source

Reptiles of the UK

St. George and the Dragon makes me think of St. Patrick and the Snakes, all leading me to wonder if each patron saint of the UK battled a reptile or dinosaur of some sort in his earthly career.

That is not the fact of the matter, but it emerges that England has or had several interesting patron saints. Some are nationally known, while others had been the saints of cities and other regions of the realm.

Study of Carpaccio's St. George and the Dragon (produced in the years 1870-1872 by John Ruskin; public domain).
Study of Carpaccio's St. George and the Dragon (produced in the years 1870-1872 by John Ruskin; public domain).

An Intercessory List

England's National Patron Saints

  • Edmund the Martyr - Patron saint of some kings, pandemics, torture victims, wolves, the Roman Catholic diocese of East Anglia, the English county of Suffolk, Douai Abbey in Woolhampton, and Toulouse, France.
  • Edward the Confessor - Also the patron saint of kings. his crown is among the Crown Jewels of England.
  • St. George - Not only of England, George is one of the 14 Holy Helpers and the saint of agricultural workers of all kinds, animals (domesticated), archers, armourers, boy scouts, butchers, the cavalry, chivalry, the Crusaders, equestrians, farm and field hands, farm owners, horsemen, knights, Rover Scouts, saddle makers, other scouts, shepherds, soldiers, Teutonic Knights, victims of leprosy and plague, and the policemen and firefighters of Brazil. This saint has also represented in Ethiopia; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Lithuania; Malta; Moldova; Montenegro; Portugal; Russia; and Serbia.


Local Patron Saints Within England

  • St. Alban - St. Albans
  • Aldhelm - Malmesbury
  • Alcmund - Derby
  • Augustine fo Canterbury
  • Thomas Beckett - Canterbury and Portsmouth
  • Bertelin - Stafford
  • Birinus - Dorchester-on-Thames
  • Botulph - Boston
  • Thomas Cantilupe - Hereford
  • Chad - Lichfield
  • Erkenwald - City of London
  • Etheldreda - Ely
  • Frideswide - Oxford
  • Guthac - Crowland
  • Helen - Abingdon, Colchester
  • Hugh of Lincoln
  • James, son of Zebedee - James has been patron saint of all of: Reading, England; Santiago de Compostela in Spain; Kingdom of Kongo in Central Africa; Acoma Pueblo in USA; Haiti; Puerto Rico; Guayaquil in Ecuador; and Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. He is the saint of pharmacists and the animal-related occupations of veterinarians, equestrians, furriers, and tanners.
  • Kenelm - Winchcome
  • Mellitus - City of London

  • Nicholas the Wonderworker or Nicholas of Myra - Patron saint of many places, incuding Bari Italy; Siggiewi, Malta; and Liverpool, England from where my ancestors set sail for America.

As a one-year-old child, I saw news footage on television about Santa's helpers and lawn and rooftop displays of cardboard and plastic Christmas figures - and how to put them together in all details. Thus, I never believed in Santa Claus and disgustedly sniped "Cardboard!" at age 1 when anyone spoke to me of him or pointed to a roof display. My father finally explained that there is a Spirit of Christmas, although he could not quite explain that to me fully at that age. However, the film Nicholas of Myra has the capacity to explain and make one believe (see the material included below).What better patron saint for Liverpool, children,and my ancestors that sailed from there?

  • Osmund - Salisbury
  • Oswald of Worcester
  • Patrick - Boston, Engliand; NYC in USA. Patron saint of engineers.
  • Paul the Apostle - City of London, England; Las Vegas USA; Poznań, Poland; Rome, Italy; São Paulo, Brazil; Valletta, Malta
  • Piran - Padstow and Perranpath
  • Peter the Apostle - Poznań, Poland; Rome, Italy; York, England; Birzebbugia, Malta; Sestao, Basque Country.
  • Petroc - Bodmin
  • Richard of Chichester - Chichester and Droitwich
  • Rumwold - Buckingham
  • Diswell - Exeter
  • Swithun - Winchester
  • Werburga - Chester
  • Wilfrid - Ripon
  • William of York
  • Winefride - Holywell Wales and Shrewsbury. Patron saint of payroll clerks.
  • Wulfstan - Worcester

 

Saint Nicholas of Myra is the patron saint of Liverpool, archers, children, the falsely accused, fishermen, merchants, pawnbrokers, pharmacists, prostitutes, repentant thieves, and sailors.

Altar of Saint Nicholas of Myra at Ottobeuren Abbey, Ottobeuren, Germany.
Altar of Saint Nicholas of Myra at Ottobeuren Abbey, Ottobeuren, Germany. | Source

Patron Saint of Liverpool

Having no idea in which parts of England my ancestors lived, I do know that many sailed from Liverpool to America. Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra is the patron saint of Liverpool and a few other locales. He is also the saint of archers, children, the falsely accused, fishermen, merchants, sailors, pawnbrokers, pharmacists, prostitutes, and repentant thieves. In real life, his compassion included all of those and more.

Nicholas of Myra, the Movie

Nicholas was a Wonderworker of God.

After many years of project research and development, Nicholas of Myra Writer and Director Gerald Hartke became even more ambitious and completed filming of a never-before-told historically accurate film biography. We know the myth that was written in the 9th Century and now Harke tells us the real story of the 3rd Century. It is even better than the fiction. Even in truth, giving to others is everything to Nicholas of Myra.

Nicholas of Myra or Nicholas the Wonderworker is played by Mathew Mesler in this new independent film of the same name. Early advertisements for the movie urge potential viewers that if they see the film, they will indeed believe in St. Nicholas.

Mesler has won acclaim for his television roles in Dawson's Creek and a PBS short entitled Tiny Magic. Director Gerald Hartke spent 6 months searching for the actor he wished to fill the role and just three days before Christmas of that year, he found Tiny Magic and his new star.

Constantine the Great is portrayed by Robert Vincent Jones, one of the producers who is from the modeling industry in print and on television. Vincent O’Neill portrays the 19th Century Dr. Clement Moore, who is studying Nicholas and acts as a narrator. O'Neill is well known for his acting and directing in Ireland and the USA. The rest of the cast is well credentialed, many from Western New York, and should prove believable and engaging.

Is mid-March 2010, sneak previews were shown to audiences at the Celebrate Santa Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Many veiwers belong to a group that dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

The audience enjoyed the historical film, which Hartke states has the magic of Santa Claus interwoven throughout. They seemed to work well together for the film's acceptance by viewers. A grassroots movement to promote the film began in 2010.

Movie Trailer

Film trailer credit above: Visit the YouTube channel "www.youtube.com/user/NicholasOfMyra" for additional footage about filming and story.

The patron saint of sailors, preserved in the Vatican. Painted 1425.
The patron saint of sailors, preserved in the Vatican. Painted 1425. | Source

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BetsyIckes 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Excellent hub!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

You have found some wonderful photos to go with this interesting hub.


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kowality 6 years ago from Everywhere

This is really a beautiful article, filled with incredible content, pictures and video. I enjoyed every minute. Thank You


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for visiting, everyone! This Hub was a lot of fun to put together and brought back memopries that linked up with new information. I am really excited about seeing the whole movie.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You have done an incredible research and thank you for sharing.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Thank you, Hello, hello - It all began with a search for the patron saint of Liverpool and the Heavens opened up!


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

I was brought up Catholic but there was still loads here that I didn't know. Great hub. Thank you. x


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

And probably there is much more information that I have not found yet. Thanks for reading, Dim!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Most excellent hub, Patty! I shall have to scout out the movie - looks most intriguing.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Hi RedElf - I signed up for their email alerts. Looks as if they are bringing it first to film festivals and communities that show interest - I'll post updats here, but I am anxious to see it.


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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Great Hub! Everyone loves a Hero. England seems to have their fair share. I have not hear of this movie but I'll be sure to check it out.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

Love the layout & colour in this hub. Ine of the best ! :)


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flinchwymer 6 years ago from West Yorkshire U.K.

I went to Catholic schools in England but you have still taught me a lot here. Very good hub!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful work. God Bless You Precious Heart.

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