24 July, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
24th July (11th July O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • ABUNDIUS, a parish priest in Ananelos, a village near Cordoba, who bravely confessed Christ before the tribunal of the Moorish Caliph of Cordoba. He was beheaded and his body was thrown to the dogs, A.D. 854.
  • AMABILIS, the daughter of an English noble who became a nun at Saint-Amand in Rouen. She reposed circa A.D. 634.

  • St. Benedict of Nursia


  • BENEDICT, born near Nursia in Umbria, at the age of twenty he went to live as a hermit in a cave near Subiaco. In time many disciples flocked to him and he built a lavra, composed of twelve small monasteries for them. Around A.D. 530 he left Subiaco for Monte Cassino, where he founded a monastery, and spent the rest of his life as a deacon and famed as a wonderworker. St. Benedict reposed while standing in prayer before the altar A.D. 550; some of his relics were later translated to France but others remained at Monte Cassino.
  • DROSTAN, originally from Ireland, he became a monk with St. Columba (9th June), was the first Abbot of Deer in Aberdeenshire, and is venerated as one of the Apostles of Scotland. He reposed circa A.D. 610, and his holy well is near Aberdour.
  • HIDULF (HIDULPHUS), a native of Regensburg who became a monk at the monastery of Maximinus in Trier, and later was consecrated bishop, but about A.D. 676 he founded the monastery of Moyenmoutier in Lorraine and lived there. At the time of his repose, A.D. 707, he was Abbot both of Moyenmoutier and Bonmoutier (Galilaea, afterwards called Saint-Dié).
  • JOHN OF BERGAMO, the Bishop of Bergamo from circa A.D. 656 until his repose circa A.D. 690; he was renowned for his learning and great success in fighting Arianism.
  • LEONTIUS THE YOUNGER, a soldier who served against the Visigoths. He married and went to live in Bordeaux, where he later became bishop, reposing A.D. 565.
  • PIUS I, the Pope of Rome from circa A.D. 142 until his repose circa A.D. 155. It is possible he was a brother of Hermas, the writer of the work called The Shepherd of Hermas. If this indeed is the case, then St. Pius, like his brother, was born a slave. He opposed the Gnostics, notably the Gnostic Marcion, and may have been martyred.
  • SABINUS (SAVINUS) AND CYPRIAN, (Date Unknown), two brothers who were martyrs venerated in Brescia.
  • SABINUS, (Fifth Century), a Saint venerated near Poitiers, who is said to have been a disciple of St. Germanus of Auxerre (31st July). The local tradition claims him as a martyr.
  • SIDRONIUS, a martyr in Rome under Aurelian, circa A.D. 270.
  • SIGISBERT AND PLACID, Sigisbert was the founder of the monastery of Dissentis in Switzerland. He built it on land given to him by St. Placid, a wealthy landowner who joined the monastery as a monk and was later martyred for defending it (circa A.D. 650 or possibly A.D. 750).
  • THURKETYL (TURKETIL), of Danish ancestry, he restored the monastery of Crowland in England, which had been destroyed by the pagan Danes. He was also abbot of the monastery at Bedford. St. Thurketyl reposed A.D. 975.


* - 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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23 July, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
23rd July (10th July O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • ALEXANDER, an early martyr in Rome, circa A.D. 150.
  • AMELBERGA, the wife of Count Witger and mother of SS. Gudula (8th January), Emebert (15th January) and Reineldis (16th July).   When Witger became a monk at Lobbes, she joined the convent at Maubeuge.   She reposed A.D. 690.
  • AMELBERGA, a nun at Münsterbilsen in Limburg (present-day Belgium).   She reposed circa A.D. 772, and her relics were later transferred to the monastery of St. Peter in Ghent.
  • ETTO (HETTO), an Irishman who was Abbot of St. Peter's at Fescau, and also bishop.   He reposed circa A.D. 670.
  • JANUARIUS, MARINUS, NABOR AND FELIX, (Date Unknown), martyrs in North Africa.
  • LANTFRID, WALTRAM AND ELILANTUS, three brothers who founded the monastery of Benediktbeuren in Bavaria, and succeeded one another as abbots.  Circa A.D. 770 is given as the date of repose.
  • PASCHARIUS (PASQUIER), a Bishop of Nantes in France, who founded the monastery of Aindre.   He reposed circa A.D. 680.
  • PETER OF PERUGIA, Peter Vincioli was born near Perugia, and founded the monastery of St. Peter there.   He reposed A.D. 1007.
  • RUFINA AND SECUNDA, two virgin-martyrs in Rome under Valerian (A.D. 257), buried at Santa Rufina on the Aurelian Way.
  • RUFINUS AND SECUNDUS, (Date Unknown), two early martyrs buried on the Via Cornelia at the eleventh milestone from Rome.
  • SEVEN BROTHERS, seven early martyrs in Rome under Antoninus Pius, circa A.D. 150, who became brothers through sharing martyrdom.   Their names are: Januarius, Felix and Philip, who were scourged to death; Sylvanus, who was thrown over a precipice; Alexander, Vitalis and Martial, who were beheaded.


* - 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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22 July, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
22nd July (9th July O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AGILULF, a monk and Abbot of Stavelot-Malmédy, and Archbishop of Cologne.   His martyrdom, circa A.D. 720, was the result of his zeal and was aided by the connivance of Charles Martel.
  • AGRIPPINUS, a Bishop of Autun, he ordained St. Germanus of Paris (28th May) to the diaconate and the priesthood.   St. Agrippinus reposed A.D. 538.
  • ANATOLIA AND AUDAX, martyrs in Rome under Decius, circa A.D. 250.   Anatolia was confined to a prison near Rieti the small village now called Sant' Anatolia, and his miracles converted Audax, one of the guards.
  • BRICTIUS, a Bishop of Martola near Spoleto in Umbria who was imprisoned for Orthodoxy under Diocletian.   He escaped death and died a confessor under Constantine, circa A.D. 312.
  • EVERILDIS (AVERIL), a holy maiden from the South of England, who, along with St. Bega (6th September) founded a monastery in Yorkshire at a place now called after her, Everillsham or Everingham, which grew to some eighty nuns.
  • GOLVINUS (GOLWEN), (Seventh Century), originally from Britain, his holiness led to him becoming Bishop of St Pol-de-Léon in Brittany.   He reposed in Rennes where his relics are enshrined.
  • JUSTUS OF POLAND, one of four hermit-brothers in Poland — Benedict, Andrew, Barnabas and Justus.   He reposed A.D. 1008.


* - 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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21 July, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
21st July (8th July O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • APOLLONIUS, a Bishop of Benevento, who was forced into hiding during the last persecution under Diocletian.   He reposed circa A.D. 326.
  • AQUILA AND PRISCILLA, (First Century), husband and wife who were part of Rome's Jewish community, where they worked as tentmakers.   Exiled from Rome with all the other Jews under Claudius, they settled in Corinth, where they received the Apostle Paul (29th June) into their house (Acts 18:2).   Under Nero they returned to Rome and Paul sent greetings (Romans 16:3) to them.   They are traditionally believed to have been martyred in Rome.
  • ARNOLD, a member of the Court of Emperor Charlemagne of Greek decent, who has been described as a model of Christian virtue, and has been venerated above all for his devotedness to the poor.   He reposed circa A.D. 800, and left his name to the village of Arnold-Villiers (Arnoldsweiler) near Jülich in present-day Germany.
  • AUSPICIUS, traditionally counted as the fourth Bishop of Trier.   He reposed circa A.D. 130.
  • AUSPICIUS, a Bishop of Toul who reposed circa A.D. 475.
  • EDGAR THE PEACEFUL, a King of England whose reign was marked by a strong religious revival.   He lent his support to the work of monastic reform, appointing SS. Dunstan (19th May), Ethelwold (1st August), and Oswald (28th February) to their Sees, and it was through his initiative that a synodal council was convened at Winchester (circa A.D. 970), resulting in the promulgation of the Regularis Concordia.   St. Edgar's reign was remembered by Churchmen as a period of great order and prosperity, and hence he became to be known as Edgar the Peaceful.
  • GRIMBALD, a monk at Saint Bertin in the north of France.   He was invited by King Alfred to come to England (A.D. 885), becoming Abbot of Winchester where he worked to restore learning in England.   St. Grimbald reposed A.D. 901.
  • KILIAN (CHILIANUS), COLMAN AND TOTNAN, Irish monks who enlightened Franconia and East Thuringia, where they were martyred (circa A.D. 689).   Kilian was Bishop of Wurzburg in present-day Germany where he is still honoured.
  • LANDRADA, the foundress and first Abbess of Munsterbilsen in Flanders, she reposed circa A.D. 690.
  • MORWENNA, (Fifth Century?), a Cornish Saint whom we know little of, but to whom we owe some place-names: notably Morwenstow in Cornwall, where her relics are probably buried under the church floor and where she has appeared.   She is often confused with St. Modwenna (5th July), who flourished two centuries later.
  • SOSTRATUS, SPIRUS, ERACLIUS, EPERENTIUS AND CECILIA, fourth century martyrs of Syrmium in Pannonia.
  • SUNNIVA (SUNNIFA), (Tenth Century) commonly believed to have been a princess who fled from Ireland with her brother and others.   They were shipwrecked off the coast of Norway but landed on Selje Island, where they were slain by people from the mainland and their relics were enshrined in Bergen.
  • URITH OF CHITTLEHAMPTON, (Sixth Century?), she was most likely a nun who was martyred by pagan English invaders at Chittlehampton in Devon.   Her shrine was in the village church there, where her relics may still be buried under the floor.
  • WITHBURGH (WITHBURGA), the youngest daughter of King Anna of East Anglia, who, after her father had fallen in battle, became a nun and lived as an anchoress at East Dereham in Norfolk, where she later founded a convent.   St. Withburgh reposed circa A.D. 743.


* - 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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20 July, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
20th July (7th July O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AMPELIUS, Bishop of Milan under the Lombards, and a great influence for good among the invaders.   St. Ampelius reposed circa A.D. 672.
  • ANGELELMUS, an Abbot of SS. Gervase and Protase in Auxerre, and later Bishop of that See.   He reposed A.D. 828.
  • APOLLONIUS, (Date Unknown) an early Bishop of Brescia.
  • BONITUS, the fourth Abbot of Monte Cassino, during the time the Lombards plundered and destroyed the monastery.   He reposed circa A.D. 582.
  • ETHELBURGH (ETHELBURGA, AUBIERGE), a daughter of Anna, King of East Anglia.   She became a nun at Faremoutiers-en-Brie, where she succeeded St. Fara (3rd April) as abbess.   St. Ethelbutgh reposed circa A.D. 664.
  • FELIX OF NANTES, a great Bishop of Nantes, who served his See for over three decades, reposing A.D. 584.
  • HEDDA, a monk and abbot in England, who was consecrated Bishop of Wessex in A.D. 676.   He lived in Dorchester-on-Thames and later in Winchester where his relics are preserved.   He was Bishop for about forty years, was greatly esteemed for his wisdom, and was a great benefactor of the monastery of Malmesbury.   St. Hedda reposed A.D. 705.
  • IFLIDIUS (ALLYRE), the fourth Bishop of Clermont, held in great reverence by St. Gregory of Tours (17th November), he reposed A.D. 385.
  • MÁEL RUAIN (MAOLRUAIN), The founder and first Abbot of the famous monastery of Tallaght in County of Dublin, Ireland. With the assistance of St. Ængus the Culdee (11th March) St. Máel Ruain began the compilation of the Martyrology of Tallaght.   He reposed at Tallagh, A.D. 792.
  • MEDRAN AND ODRAN, (Sixth Century), two brothers who started their monastic life as disciples of St. Kieran of Saghir (5th March) in Ireland, one of whom remained with St. Kieran, while the other founded a monastery in Muskerry.
  • PALLADIUS, a fifth century deacon from either Rome or Auxerre who was sent to preach the Gospel in Ireland (circa A.D. 430).   He landed near Wicklow and after some success there went on to Scotland, where he reposed.
  • PANTAENUS, a native of Sicily who became the head of the Orthodox School in Alexandria, reposing circa A.D. 190.
  • PROSPER OF AQUITAINE, a married layman in Aquitaine, who devoted himself to theology.   He reposed A.D. 436.
  • WILLIBALD, a brother of SS. Winebald (18th December) and Walburgh (25th February) and a cousin of St. Boniface (5th June), who at the age of five entered the monastery at Waltham in Hampshire.   Later he accompanied his father St. Richard (7th February) and his brother St. Winebald (18th December) on a pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land (A.D. 722), visiting all the holy places, a great number of monasteries, and staying in Constantinople for two years.   Returning through Italy he lived at Monte Cassino for ten years, and was then sent to Germany to help his cousin St. Boniface (5th June), and was consecrated Bishop of Eichstätt (A.D. 742).   With his brother St. Winebald (18th December) he founded the monastery of Heidenheim where their sister St. Walburgh (25th February) became abbess.   St. Willibald reposed circa A.D. 787, and his relics are still in the Cathedral in Eichstätt.


* - 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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19 July, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
19th July (6th July O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • DOMINICA, (Date Unknown), a martyr venerated in Campania who suffered under Diocletian.
  • GOAR, a priest from Aquitaine, who lived as a hermit near Oberwesel on the Rhine, now St. Goar in present-day Germany.   He reposed circa A.D. 575.
  • MONENNA (DARERCA), ascetic and Abbess of Sliabh Cuillin in Ireland, who reposed A.D. 518.
  • NOYALA, (Date Unknown), a holy virgin from Britain who was beheaded at Beignan in Brittany.
  • ROMULUS AND COMPANIONS, according to tradition Romulus was ordained by the Apostle Peter (29th June) as first pastor of Fiesole, and was martyred with several companions under Domitian circa A.D. 90.
  • SAXBURGH (SEXBURGA), the daughter of Anna, King of East Anglia, sister of SS. Etheldred (23rd June), Ethelburgh (7th July) and Withburgh (8th July) and half-sister of St. Sethrid (10th January).   She married Erconbert, King of Kent, becoming mother of SS. Ermenhild (13th February) and Ercongotha (21st February).   As Queen she founded the convent of Minster in Sheppey, and when widowed (A.D. 664), she became a nun there, later moving to Ely (A.D. 679), where she became abbess.   St. Saxburgh reposed circa A.D. 699.
  • TRANQUILLINUS, a martyr in Rome (circa A.D. 288), who is connected with St. Sebastian.


* - 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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18 July, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
18th July (5th July O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AGATHO AND TRIPHINA, martyrs in Sicily, circa A.D. 306.
  • EDANA (ETAOIN), (Date Unknown), a patron of parishes in the west of Ireland, who lived near the confluence of the rivers Boyle and Shannon.   A famous holy well bears her name.
  • ERFYL (EURFYL), (Date Unknown), the foundress of the church of Llanerfyl in Powys in Wales.
  • FRAGAN AND GWEN (BLANCHE), (Fifth Century), the parents of SS. Winwalöe (3rd March), Jacut and Guithern (8th February), who left Britain after the departure of the Romans.   There are several churches in Brittany dedicated to them.
  • MODWENNA, the successor of St. Hilda (17th November) as Abbess of Whitby in England.   She reposed circa A.D. 695.
  • MODWENNA, a seventh century anchoress and later Abbess of Polesworth in Warwickshire in England.
  • NUMERIAN (MEMORIAN), the son of a wealthy man in Trier, who first became a monk at Remiremont with St. Arnulf (18th July), and then went to the monastery of Luxeuil with St. Waldebert (2nd May), later serving as the Bishop of Trier.   St. Numerian reposed circa A.D. 666.
  • PHILOMENA, a saint venerated in San Severino near Ancona in the Italian Marches, who reposed circa A.D. 500.
  • PROBUS AND GRACE, (Date Unknown), Cornish Saints who are traditionally thought to have been husband and wife.   The church of Tressilian or Probus, is dedicated to them.
  • STEPHEN OF REGGIO, (First Century), traditionally believed to have been consecrated the first Bishop of Reggio by the Apostle Paul and martyred under Nero.   He is the primary patron-saint of Reggio.
  • TRIPHINA, (Sixth Century), the mother of St. Tremorus (7th November), the infant-martyr.   She spent the latter years of her life in a convent in Brittany.
  • ZÖE (ZOA), though she had a Greek name, she lived in Rome and was married to a high official of the imperial court.   St. Zöe was martyred for the faith circa A.D. 286.


* - 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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