Saints’ Lives

What follows is a list of saints, which includes both those officially canonized by the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, and those who have simply, to my mind, lived exemplary Christian lives. My purpose here is not to make any sort of controversial statement about the canonization, the cult of the saints, praying to the saints, their intercessions, etc. Rather, I list these individuals as those who should be held in high honour by Christians, inasmuch as they are part of the “great cloud of witnesses” that point us, through their lives and faithful witnesses, to Christ himself, the “founder and perfecter of our faith,” who alone, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, is the only being worthy of worship, reigning as one undivided God in Three Persons eternally. Thus, we commemorate and honour the saints, because of their lives and faithful witnesses, and because of the way they point us to God. We in no way worship them.

This list is in progress and will grow over time.

17 November: Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

30 November: The Apostle Andrew, the First-Called

6 December: Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

21 December: The Apostle Thomas