You and Your Saint: Amanda

Who is your patron saint? How did you or your godparent choose this saint? 

St. Hannah – she chose me!

What do you know about your saint? What would you like to know? 

St. Hannah is a beautiful mother who wanted nothing more than to have a child!

What role does your saint play in your daily spiritual life? 

I ask for prayers for motherhood, for my children, for their spiritual education!

Have you ever been asked to be a godparent? Did you help choose your godchild’s saint? 

Yes, I was asked. I have 3 beautiful godchildren, and no, I didn’t choose a patron for any of them!

Share something special that forms a particular bond between you and your saint. 

Before converting to Orthodoxy, my husband and I struggled with infertility. We had lost 2 babies already and were struggling to get pregnant again.

We moved to Fort Collins, CO, to help plant a church. During their 40 days of prayer and fasting, we would have daily prayer and worship sessions where we would all meet at the church and just pray while the worship team played quietly in the background. It was beautiful. I remember the pain of being childless hit me so hard one day during prayer. I couldn’t pray. Instead, I paced the room sobbing with a broken heart.

In the back where I was walking, there was a large Bible laid out on the table. I approached it and read what it was opened too. Psalm 112 or Psalm 113 in the NIV

7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8 he seats them with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.
Praise the Lord.

That night I prayed again, and I remembered Hannah. Her weeping was so intense they thought her drunk. I felt so close to her. I felt the same pain.

It was another year before we were blessed with our rainbow baby. During my pregnancy, we converted to Orthodoxy. When our priest asked who we would choose as patrons, I blurted out St. Hannah. There was not a second thought to it. She had comforted me long before I found the church.

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