Honoring Saint Isidore the Laborer


San Isidro Labrador

The image of San Isidro Labrador in Silang’s retablo mayor


Do you know that his real name is Isidro de Merlo y Quintana? Born in 1070 in Spain, he was a laborer under a landlord in Madrid. Known for his piety and care for the hungry, the poor and the animals, he died on May 15, 1130, thus, his feast day is celebrated every 15th of the 5th month. His body was found in a state of incorrupibility, after several cadavers were exhumed in Madrid cemetery after severe rains and flooding in 1212.

Since then, several miracles were attributed to him. Posthumous narratives about his life, charity to the poor, benevolence to animals— all revolving around farm life, spread throughout Spain. Beatified in 1619, he was then canonized on 12 March 1622, by Pope Gregory XV along with St. Ignatius de Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. Therese of Avila and St. Philip Neri.

It is this fact that we can assume his placement in the retablo mayor of Silang. His image donned in simple green and brown boots are typical imagery for obreros or workers. the image bears a spade, a known iconography of St. Isidore.  It is located on the second level, first statue from the left beside the Coronation wooden relief. Aside from being a contemporary of the Jesuit saints, his importance in farm life and the dignity of labor are important lessons and applications of the Good Word.






He is a patron saint of farmers.


Isidore the Farm Labourer, also known as Isidore the Farmer (Spanish: San Isidro Labrador) (c. 1070 – May 15, 1130), was a Spanish farmworker known for his piety toward the poor and animals. He is the Catholic patron saint of farmers and of Madrid, and of La Ceiba, Honduras. His feast day is celebrated on May 15.

The Spanish word labrador means someone who works the cow ,[2][3] not a worker in general, which in Spanish would be obrero,[4][5] or trabajador.[6][7] His real name was Isidro de Merlo y Quintana.