30 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • COLUMBA, a nun at Tábanos, who was forced to flee to her native Córdoba by the Moorish persecution of A.D. 852. There she was called on to deny Christ, refusing, she openly rejected Mohammed, and was beheaded, A.D. 853.
  • FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY, (on Western calendars 1st August), the three daughters of St. Sophia (vide infra), aged twelve, ten and nine years, who were martyred in Rome under Hadrian, circa A.D. 137.
  • FLOCELLUS, (second century), a youth in Autun, who, under the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 161 - A.D. 180), was tortured, he was flung half-dead to the wild beasts in the amphitheatre.
  • JUSTIN, a priest in Rome who devoted himself to burying the bodies of martyrs. He was eventually martyred himself, A.D. 259, and his relics were later translated to Frisingen in Germany.
  • LAMBERT, six years after being consecrated bishop of his native Maastricht he was driven out by the tyrant Ebroin (A.D. 674). He then lived as a monk for seven years at the monastery of Stavelot. St. Lambert then returned to Maastricht where he did much to assist St. Willibrord (7th November) in his mission to Friesland. He was murdered in Liège (A.D. 709), and is venerated as a martyr.
  • NARCISSUS AND CRESCENDO, early saints in Rome who reposed circa A.D. 260.
  • RODINGUS (ROUIN), an Irish priest-monk who preached in Germany, and then entered the monastery of Tholey near Trier. He later moved to the Forest of Argonne in north-eastern Gaul, where he founded the monastery of Wasloi, later known as Beaulieu. St. Rodingus reposed circa A.D. 690.
  • SATYRUS, the elder brother of St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December), who was baptised when he took ill on a trip from Rome. He rejoined his brother and their sister, St. Marcellina (17th July), at Milan; but unfortunately reposed shortly thereafter (circa A.D. 379 - A.D. 392). St. Ambrose wrote his essay, “On the death of a brother,” in praise of Satyrus.
  • SOCRATES AND STEPHEN, (Fourth Century), Saints Socrates and Stephen were British martyrs during the Diocletian persecution. Cæsar Constantius Chlorus, who ruled with Imperial powers in the West, was less than vigorous in carrying out Diocletian’s edict of persecution, so most British Christians were spared. Hence along with SS. Alban (17th July20th June), Julius and Aaron (17th July1st July), SS. Socrates and Stephen are the only British martyrs of that persecution listed in the ancient Martyrologies. Pious legends place the location of the martyrdom of SS. Socrates and Stephen as South Wales, but there is no evidence to support this.


  • Icon of St. Sophia & Daughters, SS. Faith, Hope and Charity


  • SOPHIA, the mother of the virgin-martyrs Faith, Hope and Charity (vide supra) who were martyred under Hadrian. She was permitted to take thier bodies for burial, and then sat at their graves for three days after their martyrdom. St. Sophia reposed, while praying at their tomb, martyred in her soul, circa A.D. 173.
  • THEODORA, a Roman noblewoman who devoted herself and her wealth to the care of the martyrs during the persecution of Diocletian. It is most likely that she reposed while the persecution was still on going, circa A.D. 305.
  • UNI (UNNI, UNNO, HUNO), a monk at New Corvey in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia Germany, who was consecrated Bishop of Bremen-Hamburg, A.D. 917. St. Uni helped enlighten Sweden and Denmark, before reposing in Birka in Sweden, A.D. 936.


* - 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 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • ABUNDIUS, ABUNDANTIUS, MARCIAN AND JOHN, Abundius and Abundantius were Chistians who had been condemed to death under Diocletian.   On their way to execution they met Marcian, a Roman Senator, who was on his way to bury his recently deceased son John.   Abundius prayed over John, raising him from the dead, and both Marcian and John embraced Christianity.   All four were subsequently beheaded circa A.D. 303.   Marcian is one of the 140 Colonnade saints which adorn St. Peter's Square.
  • CORNELIUS, Pope of Rome, greatly tried by the heresy of Novatianism, he was exiled to Civita Vecchia where his sufferings probably hastened his death in A.D. 253, and St. Cyprian (vide infra) calls him as a martyr.   His tomb in the cemetery of Callistus in Lucina exists to this day.
  • CUNIBERT, the successor of St. Humbert (25th March) as Abbot of Maroilles near Cambrai in north-eastern Gaul.   He reposed circa A.D. 680.




  • CYPRIAN, (on Eastern calendars 31st August), born in North Africa, Thascius Cecilianus Cyprianus was a lawyer who was converted to Orthodoxy, and then consecrated Bishop of Carthage in A.D. 248.   He wrote numerous treatises on theological subjects, one of the most important being De Unitate Catholicae Ecclesiae.   He is one of the greatest Fathers of the Church, and was a model of compassion, discretion, and pastoral zeal.   St. Cyprian went into hiding during the persecution of Decius but was arrested and beheaded under Valerian (A.D. 258).




  • DULCISSIMA, a virgin-martyr venerated from time immemorial in Sutri in present-day Italy where she is the main patron-saint.


  • Icon of St. Edith of Wilton

  • EDITH OF WILTON, St. Edith of Wilton was the daughter of King St. Edgar the Peaceful (8th July) and St. Wilfrida (13th September). She received monastic tonsure at Wilton at the age of fifteen, and devoted her life to the care of the sick and the poor. Though it was offered many times, she refused the position of abbess. Her repose, foretold by St. Dunstan (19th May), occurred at the early age of twenty-three (A.D. 984) and she was buried at Wilton in the new church of St. Denis. Goscelin of Canterbury wrote that about thirteen years after her repose St. Edith is said to have appeared to several people to enjoin them to exhume her incorrupt relics. This was done, and her relics were found to be incorrupt. Her relics were reinterred, though her thumb was enshrined separately and became an important relic. Goscelin went on to tell how King Canute encountered a terrible storm whilst crossing from England to Denmark; he sought St. Edith’s intercession and the storm calmed. Upon his return to England, King Canute made a pilgrimage to Wilton to give thanks, and commanded that a golden shrine to St. Edith be erected there. Allusions to numerous other, but unspecified, miracles are credited to St. Edith in various hagiographies, and a considerable number of churches throughout England are dedicated to her.

  • TROPARION OF ST. EDITH OF WILTON - TONE IV
    Thou didst love Christ from thy youth, O blessed one, and ardently
    desiring to labour for Him alone, thou didst struggle in asceticism in
    the royal convent at Wilton. And having acquired humility of soul
    and spiritual stillness, thou didst pass over to the mansions of
    paradise, where thou dost intercede for us O venerable mother Edith.

  • EUGENIA, the daughter of Adalbert, Duke of Alsace, and the successor of her aunt, St. Odilia (13th December), as Abbess of Hohenburg.   St. Eugenia reposed A.D. 735.
  • LUCY AND GEMINIAN, A widow and a catechumen, who were martyred together in Rome under Diocletian, circa A.D. 300.


  • Icon of St. Ludmila of Czechia

  • LUDMILLA, a Bohemian princess and grandmother of St. Wenceslas (28th September), following the untimely repose of her husband, St. Ludmilla led an austere, pious life and continued to be concerned for the Church.   However, following the death of her son and successor of her husband, her daughter-in-law, Dragomira, sought to use her influence over the young and inexperienced St. Wenceslas to re-introduce pagan customs back into the country.   This, naturally, was met with oposition by St. Ludmilla, and Dragomira eventually sent two assassins to murder her, which they did, whilst St. Ludmilla was at prayer in her home in Techin, A.D. 921.   Her relics were intially buried at Techin in the city wall, and numerous healings occurred at her grave, St. Wenceslas, later had her relics translated to church of St George in Prague.
  • ROGELIUS AND SERVUS-DEI, St. Rogelius a monk, and St. Servus-Dei, his young disciple, were martyred in Cordoba (A.D. 852) for publicly denouncing Islam.
  • STEPHEN OF PERUGIA, the third Abbot of St Peter at Perugia in Umbria, he reposed A.D. 1026.


* - 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 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • AICHARDUS (AICARD, ACHARD), he was born at Poitiers to an officer at the Court of Clotaire II. It was his father wish that he follow him in a career in the military, but St. Aichardus wanted to enter monastic life, and, with the support of his mother, he eventually was tonsured at the Abbey of St. Jouin in Poitou. He went on to serve as Abbot of the monasteries of St Benedict's at Quinçay near Poitiers, and then succeeding St. Philibert (20th August) as Abbot of Jumièges, and was known throughout his life as a model of prayer, austerity, and of observance of Religious Rule. St. Aichardus reposed A.D. 687.
  • ALBINUS (AUBIN, ALPIN), The successor of St. Justus (2nd September, and 14th October) as Bishop of Lyons (A.D. 381). It is believed that he had the church of St. Stephen built, and then chose it for his Cathedral. St. Albinus reposed circa A.D. 390.
  • APRUS (APER, APRE, EPVRE, EVRE), a native of Trier, who began life as a lawyer and acquired great fame on account both of his legal skills as well as his scrupulous integrity. After many years he abondoned the legal profession to become a priest, and was later chosen to serve as Bishop of Toul. St. Aprus reposed A.D. 507, following a long episcopate during which he was deeply loved by his flock, and was buried in the basilica, which was being constructed at the time.
  • EMILAS AND JEREMIAH, two young martyrs in Cordoba. St. Emilas, a deacon, and St, Jeremiah, a layman, were imprisoned and then beheaded under the Caliph Abderrahman, A.D. 852.
  • HEMAN (HERNAN),a native of Britain, who fled to Brittany and lived as a hermit at a place called Loc-Harn after him. He is also the patron-saint of the village of Loc-Harn.
  • LEOBINUS (LUBIN),born near Poitiers to a family of peasants, he became an anchorite in early life, and was later ordained to the priesthood, then made Abbot of Brou and finally consecrated Bishop of Chartres. St. Leobinus reposed circa A.D. 556.
  • MAMILLIAN, a Bishop of Palermo in Sicily who was exiled to Tuscany by the Arian King Genseric.   St. Mamillian reposed circa A.D. 460 in Tuscany and his relics were eventually translated to Palermo.
  • MERINUS (MERRYN, MEADHRAN), as with many of his contemporaries, it is almost impossible to separate fact from fiction in the limited amount of information that remains on the life of St. Merinus. He is commonly believed to have entered Bangor Abbey while still a youth, where he was a disciple of St. Comgall (10th May), serving at one point as Prior. St. Merinus journeyed to Scotland where he founded the monastic community that became Paisley Abbey. Eventually what is now Paisley, Renfrewshire in Scotland, grew up around the Abbey, and St. Merinus is the patron saint of both the town, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paisley. St. Merinus reposed circa A.D. 620.
  • NICOMEDES, he is traditionally thought to have been a priest martyred in Rome, perhaps under Domitian, circa A.D. 90.
  • PORPHYRIUS, an actor who whilst mocking Orthodox baptism in a performance in front of Julian the Apostate, experienced a sudden conversion, declaring himself to be Christian, and was at once martyred, A.D. 362.
  • RIBERT, a seventh century monk and Abbot of Saint-Valèry-sur-Somme, and the patron of several churches near Rouen. It is possible St. Ribert was also a bishop in Normandy and Picardy.
  • RITBERT, a monk and disciple of St. Ouen (24th August). St. Ritbert also served as abbot of a small monastery in Varennes in Lorraine before reposing circa A.D. 690.
  • VALERIAN, A companion of St. Photinus (Pothinus) of Lyons (2nd June), who managed to escape, reappearing at Tournus near Autun, where he preached the Gospel. He was captured and this time beheaded. A.D. 178 is given as the year of his martyrdom.


* - 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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27 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
27th September (14th September O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • CACREALIS AND SALLUSTIA, Caerealis was a soldier, who, together with his wife Sallustia, was martyred in Rome under Decius in A.D. 251.
  • CORMAC, St. Cormac, a King of Munster, was most likely the first Bishop of Cashel in Ireland. Though the reliability of some of the traditions concerning St. Cormac is questionable, he is reputed to have been a great scholar. The authorship of the Sanas Cormaic (Cormac's Glossary), and the now-lost Psalter of Cashel, among other works, have been attributed to him. St. Cormac reposed A.D. 908.
  • CRESCENTIAN, VICTOR, ROSULA AND GENERALIS, martyrs in North Africa along with St. Cyprian (31st August, and 16th September), circa A.D. 258.
  • CRESCENTIUS, the son of St. Euthymius (29th August, who at the age of eleven, was brought from Perugia to Rome where he bravely confessed Christ under torture, and was then beheaded under Diocletian, circa A.D. 300.
  • MATERNUS, the first known Bishop of Cologne.   He founded a church at the site upon which Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) now stands.   St. Maternus reposed circa A.D. 325.


* - 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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26 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
26th September (13th September O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AMATUS (AMAT, AMÉ, AIMÉ, AMADO), a native of Grenoble who received monastic tonsure at the monastery of St. Maurice of Agaunum in Switzerland, and then lived as an anchorite for over thirty years.   St. Eustace (29th March) encouraged him to move to Luxeuil, where St. Amatus converted St. Romaricus (8th December), who went on to found the monastery of Remiremont (A.D. 620), selecting St. Amatus as its first abbot.   St. Amatus reposed A.D. 630.
  • AMATUS, an Abbot of Agaunum who then served as the tenth Bishop of Sion in Valais.   He is often confused with the previous St. Amatus, he reposed A.D. 690.
  • BARSENORIUS, (Seventh Century), the successor of St. Leutfrid (Leufroy) (21st June) as Abbot of La-Croix-Saint-Leuffroi in France.   His relics are enshrined at Fécamp.
  • COLUMBINUS, the successor of St. Deicola (18th January) as Abbot of Lure in the Vosges.   He reposed circa A.D. 680.
  • HEDWIG, a noblewoman who became a nun, and later served as Abbess of Herford in Westphalia.   She reposed circa A.D. 887.
  • MAURILIUS, a native of Milan who moved to France where he became a disciple of St. Martin of Tours (11th November).   He was later consecrated Bishop of Angers (circa A.D. 407), reposing circa A.D. 430.
  • NECTARIUS, a Bishop of Autun, and friend of St. Germanus of Paris (28th May).   St. Nectarius reposed circa A.D. 550./li>
  • PHILIP, Prefect of Egypt under Commodus (A.D. 180 - A.D. 192), though he was dissmissed from this post when it was learnt he had been baptised.   He was then chosen to be Bishop of Alexandria, but the new Prefect sent assassins who mortally wounded St. Philip while he was praying, and he reposed three days later.   St. Philip was also the father of St. Eugenia of Rome (24th December), in whose home SS. Protus and Hyacinth (11th September) were employed.
  • VENERIUS, (Seventh Century ?) an anchorite, and later abbot on the Island of Tino in the Gulf of Genoa.
  • WILFRIDA, St. Wilfrida was the mother of St. Edith of Wilton (16th September), who, after the birth of her daughter, received monastic tonsure from St. Ethelwold of Winchester (1st August) at Wilton Abbey, eventually serving as its Abbess. In time, her daughter joined her at Wilton as a monastic. St. Wilfrida reposed circa A.D. 988.


* - 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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25 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
25th September (12th September O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AILBE (ALBEUS, AILBHE), (sixth century), St. Ailbe is considered to have been the first Bishop of Emly in Ireland and is said to have reposed circa A.D. 527 or 541. Unfortunately many legends concerning St. Ailbe, all of which are disputed, and some completely unfounded makes it impossible to state with certainty anything further about him.
  • GUY, Called 'the Poor Man of Anderlecht', he was the sacrist of Our Lady of Laken, who then lived for seven years in the Holy Land, he returned to Anderlecht near Brussels where he reposed circa A.D. 1012.
  • JUVENTIUS OF PAVIA, (Also 8th February), (First Century), according to tradition St. Hermagoras (12th July), Bishop of Aquileia, and disciple of the Apostle Mark, sent SS. Syrus and Juventius to preach the Gospel in Pavia, and where, according to some accounts St. Juventius became the first bishop.
  • SACERDOS, the Bishop of Lyons from A.D. 544 until his repose A.D. 551.   He presided over the Council of Orléans (A.D. 549).
  • SILVINUS, a Bishop of Verona who reposed circa A.D. 550.


* - 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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24 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • ADELPHUS, the grandson of St. Romaricus (8th December), and his successor as Abbot of Remiremont in eastern Gaul.   St. Adelphus reposed circa A.D. 670.
  • ALMIRUS (ALMER, ALMIRE), a native of Auvergne in central Gaul, who ended his life as a hermit at Gréez-sur-Roc, circa A.D. 560.
  • BODO, the brother of St. Salaberga (22nd September).   Though he married, he and his wife mutually decided to enter monastic life, with him receiving tonsure at Laon.   St. Bodo was later forced to leave to become Bishop of Toul, and also was the founder of monasteries at Etival, Bon-Moutier and Affonville.   St. Bodo reposed circa A.D. 670.
  • DEINIOL (DANIEL), very little is known of St. Deiniol’s life. He is considered the founding Abbot of Bangor, and thought to have been consecrated Bishop of Bangor by St. Dubricius (14th November). St. Deiniol reposed circa A.D. 584 and was buried on the Isle of Bardsey off the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales. Following his repose, the cathedral at Bangor and several other churches in Wales were dedicated to his honour.
  • EMILIAN, after living as an anchorite for forty years, St. Emilian was consecrated Bishop of Vercelli in Piedmont.   He reposed a centenarian, A.D. 520.
  • FELIX AND REGULA, a brother and sister who, at the time of the martyrdom of St. Maurice and the Theban Legion (22nd September) under Maximian Herculeus (circa A.D. 287), took refuge in Switzerland.   Unfortuately they were were found and martyred near Zürich, circa A.D. 287.
  • PATIENS, Archbishop of Lyons from circa A.D. 456 until his repose circa A.D. 491, who according to his contemporary St. Sidonius Apollinaris (21st August), despite the austerity of his life, he made himself “all things to all men.”   He played a role in fighting the heresies of his day, but is chiefly remembered for devoting all of his income to the poor.   St. Patiens reposed circa A.D. 491.
  • PROTUS AND HYACINTH, according to tradition they were brothers who served in the household of St. Eugenia (24th December), and had been baptized along with her.   SS. Protus and Hyacinth were martyred in Rome, circa A.D. 257.
  • VINCENT OF LEÓN, an Abbot of St. Claudius in León Spain who was martyred by the Arian Visigoths circa A.D. 554.


* - 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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