20th December (7th December O.S.):
- AMBROSE, appointed to the governorship of Liguria and Aemilia with his headquarters in Milan before the age of thirty-five, at a time when the whole province was rent by the Arian controversy. When the Bishop of Milan died in A.D. 374, Ambrose, as governor, went to the Cathedral to ensure peace and order the new election. Though still a catechumen, he was elected by acclamation, after a child had been suddenly heard to cry out 'Ambrose for bishop'. Ambrose's objections were overruled, and he was consecrated on 7th December, A.D. 374. He excelled as an administrator, writer, protector of the poor and the 'hammer of Arianism'. He was outspoken in withstanding the tyranny of Emperors. His courage in reproving Theodosius the Great was a fine example of Orthodoxy. St. Ambrose reposed on Great Friday, 4th April, A.D. 397.
- ANIANUS (AGNAN), (Fifth Century) the fifth Bishop of Chartres.
- BUITHE (BUITE, BOETHIUS), after sojourns of several years in Italy and other places, he returned to Scotland and helped enlighten the Picts, reposing in A.D. 521. Kirkbuddo in Forfar, Angus, Scotland is named after him.
- BURGUNDOFARA (FARA) (also 3rd April), having been blessed by St. Columbanus (2nd February) as a child, she became a nun despite her father's opposition, and founded the convent of Brige in France. This was later called Faremoutiers, i.e. Fara's Monastery, where she was abbess for thirty-seven years, reposing in A.D. 657.
- DIUMA, an Irish missionary and bishop who laboured to convert Mercia in England. He reposed in A.D. 658.
- MARTIN OF SAUJON, a disciple of St. Martin of Tours (11th November) who founded the monastery of Saujon, and reposed circa A.D. 400.
- SERVUS, a layman of noble birth who lived in North Africa. He was tortured to death under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric in A.D. 483.
- URBAN, a Bishop of Teano in Campania who reposed circa A.D. 356.
- VICTOR OF PIACENZA, the first Bishop of Piacenza from circa A.D. 322 until his repose in A.D. 375. He was a great defender of Orthodoxy against Arianism.
* - 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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