Patron Saint Against Pirate Attacks

I unbeknown to me, St. Brendan apparently does not cover pirate attacks. No that protection is afforded by St. Albinus of Angers

Albinus had a big heart (as saints tend to have) and couldn’t resist a call of distress. He used church money to free hostages from pirates. Obviously, pirate attacks aren’t very common today, but in the 10th century, St. Albinus came in handy for the people of the walled town of Guerande. They had gotten word that pirates were on their way to attack the village and immediately started to pray to St. Albinus. The attackers were mysteriously deterred and the town was saved.

Of course my other favorite patron saint that I discovered in Vienna at a meeting (the very one where I first met Peter) is St. Rupert of Salzburg, patron saint of the salt merchants.

What are some of the readers favorites?

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8 Replies to “Patron Saint Against Pirate Attacks”

  1. Saint Sithney, patron saint of mad dogs.

    The story goes that he was told ahead of time that his virtuous ways merited a sainthood, and that he’d be the patron saint of tween girls. He expressed the opinion that he’d rather deal with mad dogs than young girls.

    I understand the sentiment.

  2. I have always liked St. Marcel, invoked against vampires. You can never be too careful.

  3. St. Dismas, patron saint of thieves. The only one in the entire New Testament to be PERSONALLY guaranteed salvation by J.C. It really does come down to who you know.

  4. It’s a tossup between Amand, patron saint of barkeepers, and Guy if Anderlecht, patron saint of sheds and stables.

  5. Aw, no fair! Not only did someone beat me to “Saint Sithney”, but it was the very first post!

    Who’s the patron saint of bloggers? (St. Lawrence?)

    I don’t recall his name, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that the patron saint of cooks is a guy who was said to have been grilled to death…

  6. Aw, no fair! Not only did someone beat me to “Saint Sithney”, but it was the very first post!

    Who’s the patron saint of bloggers? (St. Lawrence?)

    I don’t recall his name, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that the patron saint of cooks is a guy who was said to have been grilled to death…

  7. Bured within my real name is a reference to St. Blasius, patron saint of sheep shearers, because he was martyred with, you guessed it, sheep shears.

    HJ

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