Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Dunstan
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:
- The patron of Goldsmiths
- Born: 909 at Baltonsborough, Somerset, Wessex (part of Anglo-Saxon England)
- Memorial Day / Feast Day: May 19th
- Date of Death: Saint Dunstan died in A.D. 988
- Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Who or what is Saint Dunstan the patron saint of?
Saint Dunstan is the patron of Goldsmiths. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.
The Story and History of Saint Dunstan
The story and history of Saint Dunstan. Dunstan was born to a noble family at Baltonsborough, Somerset, Wessex in 909AD. His family were well connected to Wessex royalty and were wealthy nobles. Dunstan was educated by the monks at Glastonbury Abbey and Dunstan choose the religious life and was eventually appointed Abbot of the great monastery. He had the trust of the Royal family and became advisor to the Wessex Kings of England. He fell from favor during the reign of King Edwig (r.955-959), but he was called back to England by Edgar, king of Northumbria and Mercia who succeeded Edwig to the throne and Dunstan was created Archbishop of Canterbury in 960 where he encouraged scholarship and monastic settlements. Saint Dunstan was revered as the Patron Saint of England some time after the Norman conquest in 1066 and the period of the crusades, knights and chivalry when Saint George was given this title.
Death of Saint Dunstan
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Dunstan died in A.D. 988. Cause of Death: Natural Causes.
Why is Saint Dunstan the patron of Goldsmiths?
Why is Saint Dunstan is the patron of Goldsmiths? He became an accomplished metal worker when he was educated at Glastonbury Abbey.
How Saint Dunstan is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Dunstan in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Dunstan is represented in Christian Art with a pair of pincers as according to the legend, the devil paid him a visit one day in the form of a beautiful woman; but finding he could not tempt him in that character, he appeared in person, whereupon the saint tweaked his nose with the red-hot pincers so unmercifully that the howls of the devil were heard by all the neighbours. .
Feast Day of Saint Dunstan
The Feast Day of Saint Dunstan is May 19th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.