25 October, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
25th October (12th October O.S.)
:


Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • EDISTIUS, martyred in Ravenna under Diocletian circa A.D. 303.
  • EDWIN, King of Northumbria who married St. Ethelburgh of Kent (8th September), and was baptised by St. Paulinus (10th October).   He died in battle at Hatfield Chase (A.D. 633) fighting against pagan Mercians and Welsh and was venerated as a martyr.
  • EVAGRIUS, PRISCIAN AND COMPANIONS, (Date Unknown), a group of martyrs either in Rome or Syria.
  • FELIX AND CYPRIAN, two bishops in North Africa, and leaders of a group, believed to be close to five thousand, Orthodox Christians, driven to starvation and death in the Sahara Desert by the Arian Vandal King, Hunneric circa A.D. 484.
  • FIACE (FIECH), (Fifth Century), a bishop in Ireland, who was a friend and disciple of St. Patrick (17th March), in whose honour he wrote a hymn which is still extant.
  • HERLINDIS AND RELINDIS, daughters of Count Adelard who built the convent of Maaseyk on the Meuse in present-day Belgium for them.   Herlindis served as the first abbess reposing circa 745, and Relindis the second abbess reposed circa 750.


  • Icon of St. Martin_of_Tours

  • MARTIN OF TOURS, (on Western calendars 11th November).   The son of a Roman officer born in Upper Pannonia (modern-day Hungary).   At the age of fifteen he enrolled in the imperial cavalry.   While on posting in Amiens in Gaul he cut his cloak in half and gave his own half to a beggar.   This beggar turned out to be Christ which led to his baptism.   Leaving the army he became a disciple of St. Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers (13th January), living for ten years as a hermit and founding a monastery in Ligugé, he reluctantly was consecrated bishop of Tours in A.D. 372.   He went on to found another monastic centre in Marmoutier, he continued to live as a monk, while devoting himself to his See.   He was an opponent of both Arianism, and Priscillianism, but befriended Priscillianists when they were persecuted by the civil authorities.   He was the greatest monk in the West of the age and hundreds of churches were dedicated to him.   This great saint reposed A.D. 397 and his shrine in Tours is still is a site of Orthodox pilgrimage.
  • MAXIMILIAN, born in Noricum in present-day Austria, he was a bishop who founded the church of Lorsch near Passau, and was martyred in Cilli in Styria under Numerian A.D. 284.
  • MONAS, sixth(?) Bishop of Milan, almost nothing is known about his life and episcopate, it seems he served from A.D. 193 until his repose A.D. 249, though there are sources that place him as bishop aproximately a century later.
  • PANTALUS, (Date Unknown), a martyr and Bishop of Basle.
  • SALVINUS, a Bishop of Verona who reposed A.D. 562.   His relics are enshrined in St. Stephen's church there.


  • Icon of St. Wilfrid

  • WILFRID, A cosmopolitan Churchman, notable missionary, great defender of Papal authority, and one of the most celebrated, and controversial bishops of the Anglo-Saxon Church.   Wilfrid was born in Northumberland, and entered Lindisfarne in his teens and soon sought to expand his knowledge spending time at Canterbury, France and Rome, and upon his return to Britain, he was made abbot of the newly founded monastery at Ripon.   He served as the chief spokesman at the Synod of Whitby, where his erudition served him well and as a result was able to persuade the Synod to adopt the Roman practices.   So impressive was he at the Synod that he was elevated to the See of York.   However, Wilfrid declined to be consecrated by the Northern bishops, instead traveling to France for ordination.   For reasons no longer clear to us, his trip to France took longer than usual and in his absence St. Chad (2nd March) was appointed in his place.   Upon his return, Wilfrid in great humility accepted St. Chad as bishop and retired to Ripon.   A few years after St. Wilfrid’s return, St. Theodore of Canterbury (19th September), visited Northumbria, where he found Chad working as bishop.   He pointed out to him the defects of his position and, at his instigation, St. Chad withdrew and Wilfrid once more became Bishop of York.   During his tenure of the see, he acted with great vigour and energy, completing the work of enforcing the Roman obedience against the Scottish monks.   He founded several monasteries, especially at Hexham and at Ripon, and completely rebuilt the minster at York.   Not a decade later Theodore divided the diocese of York into three sees without Wilfrid's consent.   Wilfrid departed for Rome to appeal against the high-handed act, spending a year on the way preaching in Frisia.   Though he prevailed in his appeal, on his return to England he was imprisoned, and then exiled to Sussex, where he carried out successful missionary work.   He was once more reinstated to the See of York, which he held for about five years before disputes with King Aldfrith compelled him to flee yet again.   He was invited by the King of Mercia to administer the vacant see of Lichfield.   Once more appealing to Rome, and although his claims were completely vindicated, he agreed, to resign in favour of St. John of Beverley (7th May), accepting instead the See of Hexham, and spending the last years of his life in his monastery at Ripon, reposing A.D. 709.


* - 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 October, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
24th October (11th October O.S.)
:


Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AGILBERT (AGLIBERT), a monk at Jouarre in north-central Gaul under Abbot Ado, who went to England where he preached in Wessex. Upon returning to Gaul, he was consecrated Bishop of Paris. He reposed circa A.D. 685 and was buried at Jouarre, where his tomb is still preserved.
  • ANSILIO, (Seventh Century), a monk whose relics were enshrined at the monastery of Lagny in Picardy.
  • BRUNO, The youngest son of King Henry I the Fowler and St. Matilda (14th March), and brother of Emperor Otto I the Great. He served as Abbot of Lorsch and Corvey, where he restored monastic observance before he was consecrated Archbishop of Cologne (A.D. 953), and soon after was made duke of Lorraine by Otto. St. Bruno was a zealous pastor whose episcopate marked a new age in the city’s growth — spiritually, scholarly and physically; many of the next generation of German ecclesiastical leaders were educated at Bruno's court, and he not only extended the then cathedral to the point where it was said to rival St. Peter's in Rome, he built churches and founded the monastery of St. Pantaleon at Cologne. St. Bruno reposed whilst on a mission to Reims A.D. 965, and was buried at the monastery of St. Pantaleon.
  • EMILIAN, (Date Unknown), traditionally thought to have been a hermit in Rennes in Brittany.
  • ETHELBURGH (ETHELBURGA), sister of St. Erconwald of London (30th April) the founder of the monastery at Barking in Essex, where she served as its first abbess. According to St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), St. Ethelburgh led a virtuous life and guided those who were under her, and it is said that many miracles took place at the monastery during her time. St. Ethelburgh reposed circa A.D. 675.
  • EUFRIDUS, (Seventh Century), a monk whose relics were venerated in the Cathedral of Alba in Piedmont.
  • FIRMINUS OF UZÈS, a native of Narbonne in southern Gaul, who served as Bishop of Uzès, reposing A.D. 553.
  • GERMANUS OF BESANÇON, (Fourth Century), a Bishop of Besançon in Gaul, there are no reliable details of his life extant, but it appears certain that he was martyred by heretics (probably Arians) towards the end of the fourth century.
  • GRATUS, the first Bishop of Oloron in Aquitaine, it is believed he took part in the Council of Agde (A.D. 506), reposing later that year.
  • GUMMARUS (GOMER), after a trying life in the world he became a hermit in the area that is now the town of Lierre (Lier) in Belgium, which grew up around his hermitage. St. Gummarus reposed circa A.D. 774.
  • JULIANA OF PAVILLY, a servant girl who became a nun, and later served as abbess at Pavilly in Normandy, reposing circa A.D. 750.
  • KENNETH (CANICE, CAINNECH, KENNY), an Irishman who was a disciple of St. Finian of Clonard (12th December), and St. Cadoc (24th January) in Wales. He was the founder of the monastery of Agahaboe and perhaps of Kilkenny, which is named after him. St. Kenneth later preached in Scotland where he was built the first church in the place now known as St. Andrews. He reposed circa A.D. 599
  • PLACIDIA, a holy virgin who reposed circa A.D. 460 and is venerated in Verona .


* - 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 October, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
23rd October (10th October O.S.)
:


Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • ALDERICUS (ALDRIC, AUDRI), an Abbot at Ferrières who was consecrated Archbishop of Sens circa A.D. 828 and reposed circa A.D. 836 - 841.
  • CASSIUS, FLORENTIUS AND COMPANIONS, martyrs under the Emperor Maximian Herculeus at Bonn A.D. 303.
  • CERBONIUS, a Bishop of Verona who reposed circa A.D. 400.
  • CERBONIUS, one of the bishops in North Africa driven from their sees by the Arian Vandals. He settled at Populonia in Tuscany where he served as bishop, reposing circa A.D. 580.
  • CLARUS, (Third Century), a missionary to Brittany and later Bishop of Nantes.
  • FULK, the twenty-first Abbot of Fontenelle in Normandy. He reposed A.D. 845.
  • GEREON, (Third Century), a soldier martyred either in Xanten or Bonn.
  • PATRICIAN, (Fifth Century), a bishop in Scotland who was forced into exile by heathen and spent the remainder of his life on the Isle of Man.
  • PAULINUS OF CAPUA, a pilgrim, who may have come from England. While staying in Capua he was compelled by the inhabitants to become their bishop. He served that see for eight years, reposing A.D. 843 in Sicopolis where he had sought refuge during the invasion of the Saracens.
  • PAULINUS OF YORK, born in Rome, St. Paulinus was sent to England along with SS. Mellitus (24th April), and Justus (10th November) to assist St. Augustine (27th May). He spent twenty-four years in Kent before accompanying the Kentish Princess St. Ethelburga (8th September), who had espoused King St. Edwin of Northumbria (12th October), to the North of England, where he was consecrated the first Archbishop of York, baptising the King and an immense number of his subjects. After St. Edwin’s martyrdom, St. Paulinus accompanied St. Ethelburga on her return to Kent, and her subsequent founding of the convent of Lyminge. There he was made Bishop of Rochester, and served that See until his repose A.D. 644.
  • TANCA, a young girl near Troyes in north-central Gaul, who was martyred defending her virginity circa A.D. 637.
  • VICTOR AND COMPANIONS, a group of three hundred and thirty soldiers associated with the Theban Legion (22nd September) martyred at Agaunum (present-day Saint-Maurice, Switzerland) 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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22 October, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
22nd October (9th October O.S.)
:


Orthodox Saints of the British Isles




Icon of St. Denis of Paris


  • DENIS (DIONYSIUS), RUSTICUS AND ELEUTHERIUS, St. Denis has for many years been regarded as the patron saint of France. According to St. Gregory of Tours (17th November), he was sent to preach the Gospel at Lutetia Parisiorum (present-day Paris) in Gaul circa A.D. 250. There he served as the first Bishop of Paris. He was beheaded with the priest Rusticus and the deacon Eleutherius at Montmartre (Hill of the Martyrs) circa A.D. 258, and the abbey of Saint-Denis, where French kings were interred, was built on the site of their martyrdom. According to a later legend, St. Denis carried his severed head from Montmartre to his burial place at Vicus Catulliacus, the present Parisian suburb of St. Denis.
  • DEUSDEDIT, an Abbot of Montecassino, who was renowned for his almsgiving. A tyrant attempted to extort money from him through torture and imprisonment, resulting in his repose in prison of hunger and misery A.D. 836. He was subsequently venerated as a martyr.
  • DOMNINUS (DONNINO), a native of Parma who was captured whilst fleeing persecution and beheaded on the Via Claudia (A.D. 304), the location of his martyrdom is now called Borgo San Donnino after him, and where his relics are venerated as well.
  • GEMINUS, a monk at Sanpaterniano de Fano in Umbria, who reposed circa A.D. 815. He is the patron saint of San Gemini in Umbria.
  • GISLENUS (GHISLAIN, GUISLAIN), a hermit who lived in the forest in Hainault, near present-day Mons in Belgium. As disciples gathered around him he built the monastery of SS. Peter and Paul, now Saint-Ghislain, where he served as abbot for thirty years reposing A.D. 680.
  • GUNTHER, a cousin of St. Stephen of Hungary (16th August). Though he began life full of worldly ambition, he became a monk at Niederaltaich in Bavaria through the influence of St. Godehard of Hildesheim (4th May). His ambitious nature asserted itself again and he became Abbot of Göllingen, but was a failure in that role. Humbled by his experience, he went to live as a hermit for twenty-eight years in the mountains of Bakory in Hungary reposing A.D. 1045.
  • LAMBERT AND VALERIUS (BELLÈRE, BERIHER), disciples of St. Gislenus (vide supra) in Hainault in present-day Belgium, who reposed circa A.D. 680.


  • Icon of St. Savin


  • SABINUS (SAVIN), venerated as one of the Apostles of the Lavedan in the Pyrenees, he is believed to have reposed circa A.D. 820.


* - 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 October, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
21st October (8th October O.S.)
:


Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AMOR (AMOUR) OF AQUITAINE, (Ninth Century), a hermit in Maastricht and founder of the convent of Münsterbilsen near Liège in present-day Belgium.
  • BADILO, a monk at Vézelay in Burgundy, who became Abbot of Leuze in Hainault near Mons in present-day Belgium.   St. Badilo reposed circa A.D. 870.
  • BENEDICTA, (Date Unknown), a virgin-martyr in Laon in Picardy.
  • EVODIUS, the sixteenth Bishop of Rouen from circa A.D. 542 until his repose circa A.D. 550.
  • GRATUS, the thirteenth Bishop of Châlons-sur-Saône in Burgundy, he reposed circa A.D. 652.
  • KEYNA (KEYNE, CEINWEN), (Fifth Century), a daughter of St. Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April) who lived as an anchoress in Cornwall.   There is a church in Cornwall dedicated to her, and it is possible that Keynsham in Somerset was named after her.
  • PALATIAS AND LAURENTIA, Palatias was a lady of Ancona in Italy who was converted to Christ by her slave Laurentia.   They were martyred in Fermo near Ancona under Diocletian A.D. 302.
  • PETER OF SEVILLE, (Date Unknown), a martyr venerated in Seville.   Many legends surround this saint, though none are reliable.
  • TRIDUNA (TREDWALL, TRALLEN), (Eighth Century), a virgin from Colossæ in Asia Minor who, according to Scottish tradition, accompanied St. Regulus (17th October) when he brought to Scotland the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle.   It is believed she lived the rest of her life as an anchoress in Forfarshire, and Restalrig, her shrine, was a noted place of pilgrimage in Catholic times.
  • YWI (IWI), a monk at Lindisfarne who was ordained to the deaconate by St. Cuthbert (20th March).   He reposed circa A.D. 690, and his relics were later translated to Wilton near Salisbury.


* - 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 October, 2014

Ground Blessing Service for The St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
20th October (7th October O.S.)
:


Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • ADALGIS, Bishop of Novara in Italy from circa A.D. 830 until his repose circa A.D. 850. He is buried in the church of San Gaudenzio.
  • AUGUSTUS, (Sixth Century), an Abbot of Bourges in central Gaul, and friend of St. Germanus of Paris (28th May). He is best known for having discovered the relics of St. Ursinus (9th November), Apostle of that region.
  • CANOG (CYNOG), the eldest son of King St. Brychan of Brecknock (6th April), he was martyred by barbarians at Merthyr-Cynog in Powys in Wales circa A.D. 492. There were several churches in Wales were dedicated to him.
  • DUBTACH, the Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland from A.D. 497 until his repose circa A.D. 513.
  • HELANUS, (Sixth Century), a native of Ireland, who went to France with nine other family members, six brothers and three sisters, settling near Rheims where he became a priest and ministered.
  • JUSTINA, a virgin who was martyred in Padua under Diocletian circa A.D. 300.
  • MARCELLUS AND APULEIUS, (Date Unknown), martyrs in Capua in Campania near Naples.
  • MARK, a Roman, and successor of St. Silvester (31st December, and 2nd January) as Pope of Rome. The Liber Pontificalis, credits St. Mark with the foundation of the Basilica of San Marco in Rome. St. Mark reposed A.D. 336 of natural causes, after only 263 days as Pope of Rome.
  • OSYTH (OSITH), Osyth was a princess in the west of England who was married Sighere, King of the East Saxons, and the mother of the future St. Offa (15th December). St. Osyth later founded a convent, now St. Osyth, on a creek of the River Colne in Essex, of which she was its first Abbess. She reposed (according to some sources she was martyred by Vikings) circa A.D. 700.
  • PALLADIUS, the Bishop of Saintes in south western Gaul, from A.D. 570 until his repose circa A.D. 590


* - 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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