patron saint


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patron saint

a saint regarded as the particular guardian of a country, church, trade, person, etc.
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Thou art very simple, Sancho," said Don Quixote; "God, look you, gave that great knight of the Red Cross to Spain as her patron saint and protector, especially in those hard struggles the Spaniards had with the Moors; and therefore they invoke and call upon him as their defender in all their battles; and in these he has been many a time seen beating down, trampling under foot, destroying and slaughtering the Hagarene squadrons in the sight of all; of which fact I could give thee many examples recorded in truthful Spanish histories.
A man conscious of enthusiasm for worthy aims is sustained under petty hostilities by the memory of great workers who had to fight their way not without wounds, and who hover in his mind as patron saints, invisibly helping.
Once again the Labour run council have excelled themselves in snubbing our patron saint.
POLAND were looking for divine inspiration against Scotland last night - by praying to the patron saint of sport to deliver three points against Gordon Strachan's men.
A survey, organised to coincide with yesterday's celebrations for the patron saint, has shown the West Midlands is the most patriotic region in England.
Jen Miller, 63, Longhoughton: "He's the patron saint of England and he makes me very very proud.
She repeated the call as England celebrates its patron saint today.
In 1222 the Synod of Oxford declared a holiday in his honour on April 23 and thus he became our patron saint.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 13 people were killed and 154 others injured when a truck containing fireworks exploded in a freak accident in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala, casting a pall over a Catholic procession in honor of a local patron saint.
But the home of the patron saint of Wales, the jewel in the crown of Pembrokeshire, the City of St David's and the residents west of Camrose to Goodwick (where the invasion of the French was quashed) will not have the pleasure of seeing it pass.
The Union Flag consists of three heraldic crosses ie the cross of St George, patron saint of England, the cross of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland and the cross of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland.
This date was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment.