In RCm, heavenly protector (saint or angel) of individuals, institutions, or activities. The example of a patron saint's life is proposed to those under his care. Chs. are often named after patron saints. Many countries, trades, professions, cities, towns, and illnesses also have patron saints. Celebration of patronal feasts of chs. was revived in the Angl. Ch. ca. the middle of the 19th c.
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