By Lawrence Cunningham
Short historical past of Saints follows the increase of the cult of saints in Christianity from its beginning within the age of the martyrs right down to the current day.
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Because of the enormous popularity of the pilgrimage the iconography of the saint made him a fellow pilgrim with his pilgrim’s hat and a cockle shell, which was the badge of those who made the pilgrimage, just as the palm branch was the badge of those who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem (hence the surname Palmer). Why did pilgrims travel? The reasons were various. Some were sent on pilgrimage as an act of penance, while others took to the pilgrimage road for the same reason but on their own initiative.
He was named the patron of England in the same century probably due to his connection to the founding of the Order of the Garter. ” It is not difﬁcult to see how such stories could arise. The cult of the saints had, until the early Middle Ages, a certain ad hoc quality about them. What constituted a saint, basically, was reputation in life and, more importantly, a cultus around the saint’s tomb. That cultus, in turn, depended on the regularity of evidence of cures, healings, and favors granted through the intercession of the saint.
7 When such saints are so “recognized” it typically happens through synodal decree. It should be noted in passing that the Western church had, in the past, allowed a certain regional autonomy in the matter of the saints even after the canonization process was centralized in Rome. For example, Saint Rita of Cascia (died 1457), the Augustinian visionary ascetic and bearer of the stigmata, enjoyed a fervent cult in her native area where she was buried in an ornate tomb, with accompanying letters from the local bishop lauding her sanctity and permitting prayers in her honor.
A Brief History of Saints by Lawrence Cunningham