Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Justina
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:
- The patron of Padua
- Memorial Day / Feast Day: October 7th
- Date of Death: Saint Justina died in A.D. 303
- Cause of Death: Stabbed to death with a sword
Who or what is Saint Justina the patron saint of?
Saint Justina is the patron of Padua. 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 Justina
The story and history of Saint Justina. Little is known about Saint Justina but she was born in Padua a city in the Veneto, northern Italy. Padua was a Roman province under the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (r.284-305). Emperor Diocletian mounted some of the fiercest persecutions of the early Church especially in the East of the Empire. The inhabitants of Padua were ordered to take part in rituals and sacrifices to the Roman gods. Justina was a devout Christian and had taken vows of chastity. She was ordered to go to the Roman temple to Minerva to worship the Roman goddess and offer her virginity as sacrifice and renounce Christianity. She refused and was stabbed to death with a sword.
Death of Saint Justina
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 Justina died in A.D. 303. Cause of Death: Stabbed to death with a sword.
Why is Saint Justina the patron of Padua?
Why is Saint Justina is the patron of Padua? It was the place of her birth.
How Saint Justina is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Justina 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 Justina is represented in Christian Art crowned as a princess, and with a sword transfixing her bosom, in accordance with her martyrdom.
Feast Day of Saint Justina
The Feast Day of Saint Justina is October 7th. 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.