THE SAINTS PORTAL
A saint is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness or closeness to God. However, the use of the term "saint" depends on the context and denomination. In Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Oriental Orthodox, and Lutheran doctrine, all of their faithful deceased in Heaven are considered to be saints, but some are considered worthy of greater honor or emulation; official ecclesiastical recognition, and consequently veneration, is given to some saints through the process of canonization in the Catholic Church or glorification in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
While the English word saint originated in Christianity, historians of religion now use the appellation "in a more general way to refer to the state of special holiness that many religions attribute to certain people", with the Jewish tzadik, the Islamic walī, the Hindu rishi or Sikh guru, the Shintoist kami, and the Buddhist arhat or bodhisattva also being referred to as saints. Depending on the religion, saints are recognized either by official ecclesiastical declaration, as in the Catholic faith, or by popular acclamation (see folk saint).
or piispa Henrik
, Biskop Henrik
or Sankt Henrik
, Henricus et cetera
; died allegedly 20 January circa
1150) was a medieval Swedish clergyman
. According to legends, he conquered Finland
together with King Eric the Saint
of Sweden and died as a martyr
, becoming a central figure in the local Roman Catholic Church
. However, the authenticity of the accounts of his life, ministry, and death are widely disputed. Although Henry has never been officially canonized
, he has been referred to as a saint since as early as 1296 according to a papal document of the time, and continues to be called as such today as well. Henry is currently commemorated on 19 January on the calendar of commemorations
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
. 19 January is also Henry's name day
in Sweden and Finland. He continues to be remembered as a local observance in the Roman Catholic Church of Finland, where the cathedral church
is dedicated to Henry's memory. Together with his alleged murderer Lalli
, Henry remains one of the most recognized people from the early history of Finland
. His feast continues to be celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church of Finland
, and he is commemorated in several Protestant liturgical calendars
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"Scripture does not teach calling on the saints or pleading for help from them. For it sets before us Christ alone as mediator, atoning sacrifice, high priest, and intercessor."—A.C. Article XXI.
The symbols of the four Evangelists are here depicted in the Book of Kells. The winged man, lion, eagle and bull symbolize, clockwise from top left, Matthew, Mark, John, and Luke.
The Saints Wikiproject aims primarily at standardizing the articles about people venerated by some Christians as saints or the blessed and ensuring quality articles. If there is an interest in including saints from religions other than Christianity, please propose those changes on our talk page.
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