Saints Called on for Various Special Needs

Source: Eastern Orthodox Spirituality

May 12, 2016


In the Orthodox Church, a patron saint is regarded as the intercessor and advocate in heaven of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, or person. Since the time of the early Christians up to the present, a vast number of patron saints have been recorded. The following is a list of saints who are often called upon for special purposes.

To Have a Child

St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos

St. Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner

St. Sabbas the Sanctified of Palestine

St. Irene Chrysovolantou

For Safe Childbirth

St. Eleftherios

For the Care & Protection of Infants

St. Stylianos

For Young People

Holy Great Martyr Demetrios the Wonderworker

Delivery from Sudden Death

St. Barbara the Great Martyr

Against Drinking

Holy Martyr Boniface & the Righteous Aglais

For Travelers

St. Nicholas: in general, & specifically for sea travel

St. John the Russian: for transport, auto, busses

St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople: for safety at sea

For Cobblers

St. Eustathius the Cobbler of Georgia

For Physicians

St. Panteleimon

The Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas & Damian

For the Kitchen, Home

St. Euphrosynos the Cook

St. Sergius of Radonezh: for baking

Sts. Spyridon & Nikodim of Kievo-Pechersk: Prosphora making

For Trading

St. Paraskeva

For Headaches

Holy New Martyr Demas of Smyrna

For Eyes

St. Paraskeva

For Ears

St. Spyridon the Wonderworker

For Teeth

St. Antipas of Pergamum

For Hernias & Intestinal Disorders

Holy Great Martyr Artemius

St. Artemius of Verkola

For Throat

St. Blaise of Sebastia

For Finding Employment

St. Xenia of St. Petersburg

For Help in Studies

The Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the


St. Sergius of Radonezh

St. John of Kronstadt

St. Justin the Philosopher

For Church-Chanting

St. Romanos the Melodist

For Iconographers

St. Luke the Apostle and Evangelist

St. John of Damascus

For Patient Endurance of Affliction

St. Job the Much-Suffering

Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia: especially in freezing cold weather

Holy Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorion

For Protection Against Thieves

St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Kievo-Pechersk

For Stone-workers

Holy Martyrs Florus & Laurus

For Soldiers

Holy Archangel Michael

St. George the Great Martyr

St. Barbara the Great Martyr

For Spiritual Help, Consolation & Compunction

St. Ephraim the Syrian

St. Alexis the Man of God

St. Seraphim of Sarov

For a Good End to One's Life

Holy Archangel Michael

St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople

For Captives and Court Cases

St. Onouphrios the Great

St. Peter of Athos

St. George the Great Martyr

For Help in Distress, Poverty, etc.

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

St. John the Almsgiver of Alexandria

St. John of Kronstadt

For Finding Things

St. Phanourios the Great Martyr

St. Menas the Great Martyr of Egypt

For Meeting a Difficult Situation, an Interview, etc.

St. David the Prophet, Psalmist & King

The Holy Unmercenaries & Healers

SS. Cosmas & Damian of Rome

SS. Panteleimon & Hermolaus

St. Julian the Martyr

St. John of Kronstadt

St. Nectarios of Aegina

Holy Archangel Raphael

For Animals & Livestock

St. George: cattle & herds

St. Parthenius of Radovysdius: cattle

SS. Spevsippus, Elesippus & Melevsippus: horses

St. Tryphon: geese

For Protection of Crops from Pests

St. Michael of Synnada

For the Protection of Gardens Against Pests

Holy Great Martyr Tryphon: also for hunters and Patron of Moscow

Against Demons & Witchcraft

SS. Cyprian & Justina

St. Theodore Sykeote

St. Mitrophan of Voronezh

For Chastity & Help in Carnal Warfare

St. John the Forerunner

St. Demetrios the Great Martyr

St. John the Much-Suffering

Holy Martyr Theodore the Byzantine

Holy Martyr Ignatios of Athos

St. Mary of Egypt

St. Joseph the All-Comely

St. Susanna [Old Testament]

For Mental Disorders

St. Naum of Ochrid

St. Anastasia

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia: the possessed

Against Plague

St. Haralambos

St. Marina the Great Martyr

For Help Against Quick-Temper & Despondency

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

For Workers in Hospitals

Holy Unmercenaries Saints Cosmas & Damian

St. Dositheus, Disciple of Abba Dorotheus

For Guilelessness & Simplicity

Holy Apostle Nathaniel & St. Paul the Simple

Nina Zalwango4/18/2018 9:17 am
Thank you so much. I have really longed to learn about Orthodoxy
Sally Swetzof 6/7/2017 1:55 am
Thank you for making this available for people who wants to learn to pray unceseasinly and ask for help.
Darlene6/7/2017 1:14 am
This is beautiful and a Blessing to know all these Saints
Rosemary E. Lloyd1/14/2017 2:50 pm
Thank you for this ... I needed it. I am a Roman Catholic but I love the Orthodox faith, too. GOD BLESS!
Suzanne Jenkins 5/31/2016 9:44 am
Fabulous! Thank you so much!
BB5/14/2016 4:56 am
Christ is risen!
Could each name somehow be hyperlinked to an appropriate prayer?
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