01 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
1st September (19th August O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • BADULF (BADOUR, BADOLF), a monk and then Abbot of Ainay near Lyons, who reposed circa A.D. 850.
  • BERTULF, he received monastic tonsure at Luxeuil, and later went to Bobbio in the Emilia-Romagna, where he became abbot on the repose of St. Attalas (10th March).   St. Bertulf reposed A.D. 640.
  • CALMINIUS (CALMILIUS), a hermit and founder of the monasteries of Villars and Mauzac near Riom in Auvergne.   St. Calminius reposed circa A.D. 690.
  • CREDAN, (Eighth Century), St. Credan served as Abbot of Evesham in Worcestershire, England during the reign of King Offa of Mercia. Though the details of his life are lost to the passage of time, he is remembered in various calendars and menologies.
  • DONATUS, originally from Orléans, he lived as a hermit on Mt. Jura near Sisteron in Provence, reposing circa A.D. 535.
  • ELAPHIUS, the 17th Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne in Gaul.   He was sent as an envoy to Spain, and wished to venerate the relics of St. Eulalia (10th December) at Merida, but reposed (A.D. 580) before he reached his destination.
  • GUENNINUS, a seventh century Bishop of Vannes in Brittany whose relics are enshrined in the Cathedral there.
  • JULIUS, a late-second century (circa A.D. 190) martyr in Rome.
  • LEOVIGILD AND CHRISTOPHER, Leovigild was a monk and pastor in Cordoba, and Christopher a monk at the monastery of St. Martin de La Rojana near Cordoba.   They were martyred in Cordoba under Abderrahman II, A.D. 852.
  • MAGNUS, a governor of Avignon, and father of St. Agricola (2nd September).   Following his wife's death he entered the monastery of Lérins, later becoming the 34th Bishop of Avignon. St. Magnus reposed A.D. 660
  • MARIANUS, a hermit in the forest of Entraigues in Berry in Gaul.   St. Marianus reposed circa A.D. 515, and his Life was written by St. Gregory of Tours (17th November).
  • MARINUS, a bishop at the monastery of St. Peter in Besalu in Catalonia, who reposed circa A.D. 800.
  • MOCHTA (MOCHTEUS), St. Mochta, originally from either Scotland or England, went to Ireland where he became the founding Abbot-Bishop of Louth, Co. Louth. Many sources state St. Mochta flourished during the sixth century, though most assert he was consecrated Bishop by St. Patrick (13th March17th March), which would place him in the fifth century.
  • NAMADIA, the wife of St. Calminius (vide supra) who entered the monastery at Marsat in France upon her husband's death.   St. Namadia reposed circa A.D. 700.
  • RUFINUS , (Date Unknown), a saint venerated in Mantua in Lombardy from time immemorial.
  • SEBALDUS OF NUREMBERG (SINIBALD, SEBALD), There are no certain details of this saint’s life known to us.   It is likely he was a Frank, who after a pilgrimage to Rome, joined St. Willibald (7th July) in his evangelisation of the Germans.   His work seemed to have centred around the area of Nuremberg, of which city he is the patron saint.   St. Sebaldus most probably reposed circa A.D. 770.


* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."



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31 August, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
31st August (18th August O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AGAPITUS, a fifteen year old who bravely confessed Christ and was martyred in Palestrina near Rome circa A.D. 274.   He is the patron saint of Palestrina, where as early as the fifth century a church was dedicated to him.
  • DAIG MAC CAIRILL (DAGAEUS, DAGANUS), (Sixth Century), all of the information on St. Daig Maccairill is of doubtful authenticity, though according to legend he was a disciple of St. Finian of Clonard (12th December). St. Daig Maccairill is the patron saint of Iniskeen, Co. Monaghan, Ireland, of which he is reputed to have been both Abbot and Bishop, though it is highly unlikely he was ever elevated to the episcopate.
  • EVAN (INAN), (Ninth Century), a hermit in Ayrshire, Scotland, St. Evan is patron saint of Irvine, Ayrshire. There are several churches in Ayrshire dedicated to him, though the particulars of his life are no longer available.
  • FIRMINUS OF METZ, Originally from Greece or Italy, he served as Bishop of Metz for eight years until his repose A.D. 496.
  • FLORUS, LAURUS, PROCULUS AND MAXIMUS, (Second Century), the former were twin brothers and stonemasons in Illyria, and Proculus and Maximus were their employers.   After they handed over a temple on which they had been working to Christian worship, they were drowned in a well.
  • HERMAS, SERAPION AND POLYAENUS, (Date Uncertain), martyrs in Rome, who were dragged by their feet over rough ground until they died.
  • JOHN AND CRISPUS, (Date Uncertain), generally believed to have been priests in Rome who devoted themselves to recovering and burying the bodies of the martyrs, for which they themselves suffered martyrdom.
  • MILO, Milo became a monk together with his father at Fontenelle, and later lived as an anchorite, reposing circa A.D. 740.


* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."



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30 August, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
30th August (17th August O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AMOR (AMATOR, AMOUR), (Eighth Century), a companion of St. Pirmin (3rd November) in his evangelisation of the Germans, and founder of the monastery of Amorbach in Franconia.
  • ANASTASIUS, a Bishop of Terni who reposed circa A.D. 553.
  • BENEDICTA AND CECILIA, (Tenth Century), two daughters of the King of Lorraine who became nuns and served as successive Abbesses of Susteren in the Rhineland.
  • CARLOMAN, the eldest son of Charles Martel, he became King of Austrasia upon the death of his father.   He encouraged the foundation of monasteries at Fulda in Germany and Lobbes and Stavelot in Belgium.   On the advice of St. Boniface (5th June), St. Carloman left his kingdom to his brother and became a monk on Mt. Soracte and then at Montecassino.   He reposed at a monastery in Vienne in France A.D. 755.
  • EUSEBIUS, a Greek by birth, who reposed in exile in Sicily, A.D. 310.
  • HIERO (IERO), an Irishman who preached in Holland where he was martyred, A.D. 885.
  • JAMES THE DEACON, (Seventh Century), the little we know of St. James is from St. Bede the Venerable’s (25th May) writings on St. Paulinus of York (10th October) (Historia Ecclesiastica 2:16 and 2:20). It appears St. James was a member of the mission led by St. Augustine of Canterbury (27th May). St. James served as St. Paulinus’ deacon when he accompanied St. Ethelburgh (5th April) to Northumbria upon her marriage to King St. Edwin (12th October). Following King St. Edwin’s martyrdom (A.D. 633), SS. Ethelburga and Paulinus returned to Kent leaving St. James as the sole member of the mission in Northumbria It is not understood why St. Paulisnus did not ordain St. James to the priesthood when he left him in charge, and St. James remained a deacon until his repose.

    Following the complete collapse of the secular power which had supported the Church, Christianity faced active pagan opposition. Nevertheless, St. James, from his base near the village of Catterick in Yorkshire, tirelessly and faithfully ministered to his flock, and won many new souls for Christ as well. He was quite talented musically and skilled in the Roman chants composed by St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September), known to us today as Gregorian Chant. St. James taught these to his flock, and once peace returned and the churches reopened, the services in Northumbria were beautified by these chants. The exact date of St. James’ repose in not known, but it is believed that he lived at least thirty years after the repose of King St. Edwin (A.D. 633), and was personally known to St. Bede the Venerable (A.D. 673-735). According to some sources he participated in the Synod of Whitby which took place A.D. 664.
  • LIBERATUS, BONIFACE, SERVUS, RUSTICUS, ROGATUS, SEPTIMUS AND MAXIMUS, martyrs (A.D. 483) under the Arian King Hunneric.   Liberatus was abbot of a monastery in North Africa, the others were monks: Boniface, a deacon, Servus and Rusticus, sub-deacons, Rogatus and Septimus, monks, and Maximus, a child educated in the monastery.
  • THEODULUS (THEODORE) OF GRAMMONT, a fourth century Bishop of Valais who was much revered in Switzerland and Savoy.


* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."



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29 August, 2014

ORTHODOX EDUCATION DAY 2014: “Do Books Still Matter? A Celebration of Orthodox Christian Publications”

FATHER JOHN MEYENDORFF MEMORIAL LECTURE with Bishop Alexander (Golitzin): “Force Your Mind to Descend into the Heart”

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
29th August (16th August O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AMBROSE, a centurion put to death under Diocletian (circa A.D. 303) in Ferentino in central present-day Italy.
  • ARMAGILLUS (ARMEL), a native of the south of Wales and a cousin of St. Samson (28th July).   He went to Brittany where he founded Saint-Armel-des-Boscheaux and Plou-Ermel (Ploermel), reposing circa A.D. 550.
  • ELEUTHERIUS, Bishop of Auxerre from A.D. 532 until his repose A.D. 561.
  • SIMPLICIAN, a friend and advisor of St. Ambrose (7th December), whom he succeeded as Bishop of Milan.   St. Simplician reposed A.D. 400.


  • St. Stephen of Hungary

  • STEPHEN OF HUNGARY, upon the death of his father, St. Stephen became King of Hungary (A.D. 997).   He was married to Gisela, a sister of the Emperor Henry II, and together they set about enlightening their people.   St. Stephen organised dioceses and founded monasteries (among them Pannonhalma, which still exists).   Though the last years of his life were darkened by many misfortunes and difficulties, he never ceased to be just, kind and merciful. He reposed A.D. 1038, and to this day is considered Hungary's greatest national saint and hero.
  • TITUS, a deacon martyred (circa A.D. 410) during the sack of Rome by the Goths while he was distributing alms to the half-starved population.


* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."



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28 August, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
28th August (15th August O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • ALIPIUS (ALYPIUS), a disciple and lifelong friend of St. Augustine of Hippo (28th August), and was also baptised in Milan on Easter Eve A.D. 387.   He returned to Africa where he lived as a hermit.   St. Alipius later visited the Holy Land, and was consecrated Bishop of Tagaste in North Africa circa A.D. 393, reposing circa A.D. 430.
  • ALTFRID, a monk at Corvey in Germany, who was consecrated Bishop of Hildesheim in A.D. 851.   He was known as a fosterer of peace and goodwill and for his devotion to the Theotokos.   St. Altfrid reposed A.D. 874.
  • ARDUINUS, a priest in Rimini, who lived as a hermit, and reposed at the monastery of San Gudenzio A.D. 1009.
  • TARSICIUS, (Third or Fourth Century), Tarsicius was seized by a heathen mob and elected to die rather than to allow the sacred mysteries to be profaned.


* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."



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