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PATRON, eccl. law. He who has the disposition and gift of an ecclesiastical benefice. In the Roman law it signified the former master of a freedman. Dig. 2, 4, 8, 1.

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| Don't miss the Echo next week when, every day from Monday to Friday, we'll be running a series of special pullouts packed with pictures of Cardiff schoolchildren dressed in their finest St David's Day outfits to celebrate our patron saint's day.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas said: "Cadw is always looking for new and creative ways to bring Wales's historic figures to life, and this fusion of history, Welsh culture and interpretive art not only celebrates the life of our beloved patron saint but offers a one-ofa-kind welcome to one of Wales' most tranquil historic gems - St Davids Bishop's Palace."
This has given rise to St Nicholas being the patron saint of pawnbrokers, whose symbols are three golden balls (usually hanging outside the shop).
It really was a fantastic day and a great way of celebrating our patron Saint's Day.
Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and the stereotypical reference is shockingly offensive to those of us of Irish heritage and to others who find such comments insensitive.
While he's patron saint of Scotland, he also acts as a 'guardian' over other countries, which means he's seen as a sort of special protector.
Maureen Aitken's The Patron Saint of Lost Girls pretends to be a collection of short stories but is not.
He was the patron saint of the Kehar Jams of Kakrala, who were known for their bravery and chivalry.
There is even a book, ST JOSEPH, MY REAL ESTATE AGENT--Why the Patron Saint of Home Life Is the Patron Saint of Home-Selling by Stephen J.
The 1046th feast started on Friday with the traditional release of white doves and the raising of the patron saint's flag in front of Saint Blaise's Church.
"Whilst other countries make the most of their nationhood, commemorating their patron saints, a Welsh Plaid-run council seems to have forgotten our patron saint."
"Who's the patron saints of patron saints?" Win quips at one point.