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"My son is in the military. I would like to get him a patron saint medallion to protect him in battle. Which is more appropriate St. Michael medallion or St. Christopher, or is there another one?"

 

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We thank your son for his service. To answer your question, there are a number of patron saints associated with the military – for our list, please see here (select "Military" from the drop down list, click the Submit/Search button, and scroll down to view the list). I counted almost 20 entries total.

For St. Christopher, we do not have him listed specifically as patron saint of the military [he is listed for Motorists, Safe Journeys, Sailors, Sports, Travel, Sudden Death (against)...]. However, I do see that a number of other sites sell medals that list St. Christopher in connection with the Military.

It would be difficult for me to say which patron saint would be "best" as this is really a personal decision. You can look at how close the patronage matches the situation (for example, you mention protection in battle – IMHO, that would seem to favor St. Michael, whereas protection in travel would seem to favor St. Christopher). You might also want to consider whether your son is named after any of the patron saints associated with the military, or whether your son (or you?) have a particular devotion to one of the patron saints for the military, or if a saint has been particularly efficacious for you in the past, or if there are any known similarities between your son and any of the patron saints for the military (of course St. Michael is an angel, but still there are some known qualities about him), etc. Finally, as a practical matter, since your son will presumably be wearing the medal in difficult conditions, it might be wise to consider factors such as the size, durability, weight, comfort, etc. of the various medallions that may be available.


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