Monday, March 23, 2009

Monarchist Saints?

I think I am going to attempt to compile a list of those saints that were monarchs of their countries


King David

Latin Catholic

Bl. Charlemagne
Bl. Karl I of Austria
St. Louis of France
St. Edward the Confessor

Byzantine (Catholic and Orthodox)
St. Justinian
St. Theodosios
Great King, St. Constantine
Great King, St. Voldomyr and his mother Olha of Kyiv
Bl. Constantine XI
St. Nicholas, last Tsar and Passion-bearer

Protestant Churches (Anglican)
Charles I Stuart, King of England, Scotland, France, etc.

More to come, the list will be updated each time I think of more.If ye know any (like Armenians, Ethiopians, etc) that I missed then leaving a comment would be great. Plus there are many kyivan princes in the Ukrainian calender that I have missed that will require some time to go through and get them all. A fact I always find interesting is that St. Nicholas of Russia and Bl. Karl of Austria were both the last two sovereigns of empires that claimed succession from the Roman Empire, and both fought on opposing sides in WWI.


Charlie said...

Hey there!

Nice to meet you, thanks for checking out my blog ( I'm really looking forward to attending Belmont Abbey this Fall.

Coming from an Anglican background, I've always appreciated the efforts of Charles I to protect the historic episcopate. His Catholic sympathies during a very anti-Catholic period were certainly admirable.

C.S. Lewis wrote that, "Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison."

You're a Byzantine Catholic?

Matthias said...

Yes I am indeed a Byzantine Catholic : ) . We have a mission in Charlotte if your interested in coming by sometime.

Blessed Constantine XI

Blessed Constantine XI

Mar Isaac of Syria

Mar Isaac of Syria

St. Gregory Palamas

St. Gregory Palamas