Saint of the Day
In times past there was a Catholic Saint for practically every day of the year and these are referred to as the Feast Days or Saint's Days. What is the origin and meaning of Feast Days and why are they referred to as Saint of the Day? Many saints have specially designated feast days which are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day.
The Catholic Saint's 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 entrance into heaven. Eventually, as time passed, practically every day of the year had at least one saint who was commemorated on that date - a Saint of the day.
Saint of the Day
Click one of the following links for the Saint of the Day for each month:
Saint of the Day - Changes & Reforms
The dates and names attributed to the Saint of the year section include those used by many Catholics in America in the 1900's as detailed in the Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler which was taken from the Benziger Brothers edition of the book published in 1894. Various changes and reforms have resulted in different calendars culminating in the General Roman Calendar of 1962.
Definition of Saints
The term 'Saints' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe a person who is perceived of being an example of great holiness and virtue and considered capable of interceding with God on behalf of a person who prayed to them. A person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization. The Roman Catholic Church has an official process for creating saints.
Definition of a Martyr
The Definition of a Christian martyr is one who is murdered or put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Many Christian martyrs suffered cruel and torturous deaths like stoning, crucifixion, and burning at the stake and many have been canonized to become one of the Roman Saints of the Days. The word 'martyr' comes from the Greek word translated "witness." Martyrdom is the result of religious persecution. The first known Christian martyr was St. Stephen as recorded in the Acts 6:8–8:3, who was stoned to death for his faith.