26 November, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • ABBO, born near Orléans, St. Abbo became a monk at Fleury (St. Benoît-sur-Loire), and was later invited by St. Oswald of Worcester (28th February) to take charge of the monastery of Ramsey. Staying there for two years (A.D. 985-7) he wrote the Life of St. Edmund. He then left Ramsey to become the Abbot of Fleury. St. Abbo was martyred in La Réole in Gascony in A.D. 1004.
  • ARCADIUS, PASCHASIUS, PROBUS, EUTYCHIAN AND PAULILLUS, Protomartyrs of the Vandal persecution in Africa in A.D. 437, these saints were natives of Spain who were exiled to Africa by the Vandal Arian King Genseric. Paulillus, a youth, was the younger brother of SS. Paschasius and Eutychian.
  • BRICE (BRITIUS, BRIXIUS), a disciple of St. Martin of Tours (11th November) who was chosen to be his successor. He proved to be a proud and ambitious person and was forced to resign. He repented and was reinstated; and the change in him was so dramatic that his flock proclaimed him a saint immediately after his death in A.D. 444.
  • CAILLIN, (Seventh Century), a disciple of St. Aidan of Ferns (31st January) in Ireland. He is the patron saint of Fenagh, Co. Leitrim, where he had founded a monastery, and is notable for a miracle by which he turned certain unbelieving Druids into stone.
  • CHILLIEN (KILIAN), (Seventh Century), an Irish relative of St. Fiacre (30th August), who worked as a missionary in Artois. His relics were enshrined in Aubigny near Arras.
  • COLUMBA, the patron-saint of two parishes in Cornwall, she is said to have been a Christian virgin put to death by a heathen king.
  • DALMATIUS, the Bishop of Rodez in southern Gaul from A.D. 524 until his repose in A.D. 580. He suffered great persecution under the Arian King Amalric.
  • DAMASUS, a native of Spain who served as deacon in the Spanish church of St. Laurence in Rome. He became Pope of Rome in A.D. 366, and was an opponent of Arianism and Apollinarianism. St. Damasus developed the liturgy and restored many churches and tombs of the martyrs, and reposed in A.D. 384.
  • DEVINICUS (DENICK, TEAVNECK), (Sixth Century), St. Devinicus was born in the north of Scotland and in old age worked with SS. Columba (9th June) and Machar (12th November). He preached in Caithness, most likely as a bishop.
  • EUGENEI OF TOLEDO, a Visigoth born in Toledo who became a monk at St. Engracia in Saragossa, and in A.D. 646 was consecrated Bishop of Toledo. He was a gifted poet and musician, and passionate about the beauty of the liturgy. He reposed in A.D. 657.
  • GREDIFAEL, (Seventh Century), St. Gredifael accompanied St. Paternus (15th April) from Brittany to Wales, and later served as Abbot of Whitland in Dyfed.
  • MAXELLENDIS, a woman stabbed to death in Caudry near Cambrai in northern Gaul because she wished to be a nun, circa A.D. 670.
  • MITRIUS (MITRE, METRE, MERRE), a Greek slave in Aix in Provence, who in A.D. 314, along with his fellow-slaves, was savagely abused by his tyrannical master and was finally beheaded.
  • QUINTIAN, a native of North Africa who fled the Arian-Vandal persecution, and eventually became the Bishop of Rodez. Exiled by the Arian Visigoths, he settled in Auvergne where he succeeded St. Euphrasius (14th January) as Bishop of Clermont, reposing circa A.D. 527.
  • VALENTINE, SOLUTOR AND VICTOR, martyrs (circa A.D. 305) venerated in Ravenna.


* - 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 November, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • ASTERICUS (ASTRICUS, ASCRICK), a monk who accompanied St. Adalbert (23rd April) in the Czech mission. He became the first Abbot of Brevnov but was forced to flee to Hungary where he became the first Abbot of Pannonhalma, recently founded by King Stephen, and Archbishop of Kalocsa. He reposed circa A.D. 1035.
  • BENEDICT, JOHN, MATTHEW, ISAAC AND CHRISTINUS (CHRISTIAN), monks from Italy who followed St. Adalbert of Prague (23rd April) on one of his missions to Poland and were murdered by thieves at their monastery near Gnesen in A.D. 1005.
  • CADWALLADER, a pious Welsh king of whom little is known, and who is believed to have reposed in the second of two devastating plagues which stuck during his reign, circa A.D. 682.
  • CUMMIAN FADA, a monk at Clonfert who went on to found the monastery of Kilcummin, reposing in A.D. 662.
  • CUNIBERT, Archbishop of Cologne and an indefatigable builder of churches and monasteries. He reposed circa A.D. 663.
  • EMILIAN, a poor shepherd in La Rioja who became a hermit and was later ordained to the priesthood to serve the parish of Berceo. Returning to the life of a hermit, a large number of disciples gathered around him and he became their abbot. This community grew into the monastery of La Cogolla. In Spain he is known as San Millan de la Cogolla.   St. Emilian reposed in A.D. 574.
  • EVODIUS, a Bishop of Le Puy who reposed circa A.D. 560.
  • HIMERIUS (IMIER) , (Early Seventh Century), a hermit in the Jura. The site of his hermitage is now called after him, Val-Saint-Imier.
  • LIAFWINE (LEBUIN), a monk at Ripon who went to Holland to take part in the work begun by St. Boniface (5th June). Working with St. Marcellinus (14th July) under St. Gregory of Utrecht (25th August) he founded a church in Deventer from which he based his mission to the Saxons and the Frisians. He is known as an Apostle of the Frisians, and patron of Deventer, and reposed circa A.D. 773.
  • MACHAR (MACHARIUS, MOCHUMNA), (Sixth Century), born in Ireland, St. Machar was baptised by St. Colman (18th February) and later became a disciple of St. Columba (9th June) at Iona. Later he led a mission of twelve disciples to convert the Picts near Aberdeen.
  • NAMPHASIUS (NAMPHRASE), following a career in the military, he became a hermit near Marcillac and reposed circa A.D. 800.
  • PATERNUS, a Breton who was a monk at Cessier and then at Saint-Pierre-le-Vif near Sens. St. Paternus was murdered by bandits circa A.D. 726.
  • RENATUS (RENÉ), a Bishop of Angers, and commonly believed of Sorrento as well. He reposed circa A.D. 422.
  • RUFUS OF AVIGNON, venerated as the first Bishop of Avignon, he reposed circa A.D. 200.
  • YMAR, a monk at the monastery of Reculver in Kent who was martyred by the Danes circa A.D. 830.


* - 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 November, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • BARTHOLOMEW OF ROSSANO, of Greek ancestry, St. Bartholomew was born in Rossano in Calabria.   He followed St. Nilus (26th September) to the foundation of Grottaferrata in Frascati near Rome and St. Bartholomew is considered as its second founder. He persuaded Pope Benedict IX to repent for his sins. St. Bartholomew reposed A.D. 1065.
  • BERTUIN, a native of England who became a monk at Othelle. He later was consecrated a missionary bishop and founded the monastery of Malonne near Namur in present-day Belgium. St. Beruin reposed circa A.D. 698.
  • CYNFRAN, (Fifth Century), the founder of a church in Gwynedd in Wales where there is also a holy well.


  • Icon of St. Martin of Tours

  • MARTIN OF TOURS, (on Eastern calendars 12th October). 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.
  • MENNAS, (Sixth Century), a Greek from Asia Minor who became a hermit in the Abruzzi, most likely in Santomena.
  • RHEDIW, (Date Unknown), a saint of whom there is nothing known, save the existence of a church dedicated to him in Llanllyfni, Gwynedd.
  • VALENTINE, FELICIAN AND VICTORINUS, martyrs (circa A.D. 305) venerated in Ravenna.
  • VERANUS, (Fifth Century), a bishop in Lyons.


* - 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 November, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • AEDH MACBRICC (ÁED MAC BRICC), (Sixth Century), a disciple of St. Illadan (10th June) at Rathlihen in Offaly and Bishop of Meath. He was the founder of churches at Rahugh and other places throughout his See.
  • ELAETH THE KING, (Sixth Century), a Briton forced to flee to Wales by the Picts. He became a monk with St. Seiriol (1st February) in Anglesey in Wales. He was a poet as well and some of his poems are still extent.
  • GUEREMBALDUS, a monk at Hirschau who, out of humility, refused to become Bishop of Spire. He reposed in A.D. 965.
  • HADELIN (ADELHEIM), a monk, then Abbot of Saint-Calais, and then Bishop of Séez from circa A.D. 884 until his repose circa A.D. 910.
  • JUSTUS OF CANTERBURY, was sent from his native Italy by St. Gregory the Dialogist(3rd September) in A.D. 601 to assist the evangelisation of the English. In A.D. 604 he became first Bishop of Rochester, and in A.D. 624 he succeeded St. Mellitus (24th April) as the fourth Archbishop of Canterbury, serving that See until his repose in A.D. 627.


  • Icon of Pope St. Leo the Great

  • LEO THE GREAT, (On Eastern Calendars 18th February), in all probability born in Tuscany, he became Bishop of Rome in A.D. 440, and fought against many heresies. His illustrious Tomos defined the Orthodox belief in the Two Natures and One Person of Christ, and was later acclaimed as the as the teaching of the Orthodox Church at the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451. Undoubtly the most famous event of his life was his meeting in A.D. 452 with Attila the Hun outside the gates of Rome which resulted in the salvation of the city. St. Leo the Great reposed in A.D. 461.

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  • MONITOR, the twelfth Bishop of Orléans, he reposed circa A.D. 490.
  • PROBUS, a native of Rome who was the sixth Bishop of Ravenna. He reposed circa A.D. 175 and his relics are venerated at his Cathedral.
  • TIBERIUS, MODESTUS AND FLORENTIA, martyrs under Diocletian at Agde in southern Gaul circa A.D. 303.


* - 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 November, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AGRIPPINUS (ARPINUS), (Second or Third Century), traditionally counted as the sixth Bishop of Naples, St. Agrippinus has been greatly venerated from time immemorial in that city. His relics are enshrined under the high altar of the Cathedral of Naples with SS. Eutychius and Acutius (19th September), companions of St. Januarius (19th September).
  • BENIGNUS (BENEN), Sometimes styled “Benen, son of Sessenen, St. Patrick’s Psalmsinger.” Saint Benignus of Armagh was a favourite disciple of St. Patrick (17th March) and succeeded him as Bishop of the See of Armagh. He appears to have resigned his See some time before his repose circa A.D. 468.
  • PABO, The son of a Borders region Scottish chieftain, Pabo left the life of a soldier behind, travelling to Wales where he founded the monastery in Anglesey which came to be called Llanbabon in his memory. He reposed circa A.D. 510.
  • URSINUS, (Third Century), the first Bishop of Bourges.
  • VITONUS (VANNE, VAUNE), Bishop of Verdun from circa A.D. 500 until his repose in A.D. 525. St. Vitonus founded a college for priests and the monastery in Lorraine that was later dedicated to him.


* - 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 November, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • CLARUS, a native of Tours who became a monk at the monastery of Marmoutier with St. Martin (11th November). St. Clarus was ordained priest and then lived as a hermit near the monastery reposing in A.D. 379.


  • Icon of SS. Cybi and Seriol

  • CYBI (CUBY), (Sixth Century), an abbot who, along with St. Seiriol (1st February), is one of the most famous saints of Anglesey. He was the founder of a monastery there, called Caer Gybi (the fortress of Cybi) and is the patron saint of Llangibby and Llangybi in Wales and Tregony, Landulph and Cuby in Cornwall.
  • DEUSDEDIT (ADEODATUS I), Pope of Rome from A.D. 615 until his repose in A.D. 618. He is especially remembered for his untiring work for the sick during an outbreak of the plague.
  • FOUR CROWNED MARTYRS, there are two groups known as the Four Holy Crowned Martyrs. The first group (Secundus, Severian, Carpophorus and Victorinus) were martyred in Albano circa A.D. 305. The second group, who actually are five in number (Claudius, Nicostratus, Symphorian and Castorius and Simplicius), were martyred in Pannonia at about the same time. The latter were sculptors who refused to carve a statue of the god Aesculapius and were martyred by Diocletian. The relics of four of the martyrs from the second group were brought to Rome, and as a result, veneration of four, not five, began.
  • GERVADIUS (GERNARD, GARNET), (Tenth Century), a native of Ireland who left his home and went to Moray where he became hermit near Elgin.
  • GREGORY OF EINSIEDELN, whilst on a pilgrimage from England to Rome, he became a monk. During his return he stopped at the monastery of Einsiedeln, remaining there and eventually becoming abbot. The monastery flourished under his leadership. St. Gregory reposed in A.D. 996
  • MAURUS, the second Bishop of Verdun from A.D. 353 until his repose in A.D. 383.
  • MOROC, (Ninth Century), an Abbot of Dunkeld and later Bishop of Dunblane in Scotland.
  • TYSILIO (TYSSEL, TYSSILO, SULIAU), (Seventh Century), a prince who became abbot of Meifod in Powys and was the founder of several churches in other parts of Wales.
  • WILLEHAD, a Northumbrian monk who left England circa A.D. 766 to enlighten the Frisians. Later he preached to the Saxons, but was forced to abandon this mission and retired to the monastery of Echternach. In A.D. 787 he was consecrated Bishop of Bremen reposing circa A.D. 789.
  • WIOMAD (WEOMADUS), a monk at St. Maximinus in Trier, who became Abbot of Mettlach, and later served as Bishop of Trier from circa A.D. 750 until his repose A.D. 790).


* - 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 November, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • AMARAND, an Abbot of Moissac in Gaul who became Bishop of Albi. He reposed circa A.D. 700.
  • AMARANTHUS, (Third Century), a martyr venerated in Albi in southern Gaul.
  • BLINLIVET (BLEVILEGUETUS), (Ninth Century) the twenty-fifth Bishop of Vannes in Brittany.
  • CUMGAR (CONGAR, CYNGAR), (Sixth Century?), born in Devon, St. Cumgar went on to found monasteries in Budgworth, Congresbury in Somerset and in Llangennith in Wales. He was buried in Congresbury which was named after him.
  • FLORENTIUS OF STRASBOURG, an Irishman who went to Alsace, settling near Haselac, where he built a monastery. He was consecrated Bishop of Strasbourg circa A.D. 678, where he founded another monastery dedicated to St. Thomas. St. Florentius reposed circa A.D. 693.
  • GEBETRUDE (GERTRUDE), the third Abbess of Remiremont in Lorraine, she reposed circa A.D. 675.
  • GERTRUDE OF REMIREMONT, a granddaughter of St. Romaricus (8th December), who became a nun and succeeded her aunt as abbess of the convent of Saint-Mont near Remiremont in Lorraine. St. Gertrude reposed circa A.D. 690.
  • HERCULANUS, (also 1st March), the first Bishop of Perugia, and patron saint of that city, he was beheaded by soldiers of Totila of the Ostrogoths A.D. 549.
  • PROSDOCIMUS, the first Bishop of Padua, he reposed circa A.D. 100.
  • RAVERRANUS, a Bishop of Séez who reposed A.D. 682.
  • RUFUS OF METZ, an early Bishop of Metz. He served that See for some twenty-nine years before reposing circa A.D. 400.
  • TREMORUS, (Sixth Century), the infant son of St. Triphina (5th July) who was murdered in Carhaix in Brittany by his stepfather, Count Conmore. He is the patron saint of Carhaix.


  • Icon of St. Willibrord

  • WILLIBRORD (CLEMENT), a native of Northumbria who went, first to Ireland, and then circa A.D. 690 to Friesland in the company of eleven other monks from England. Six years later he was consecrated bishop with the name of Clement, founding his Cathedral in Utrecht. His work with the Frisians bore much fruit, as also in Heligoland and Denmark. Reposing A.D. 739, his relics were enshrined at the monastery of Echternach, which he had founded as well in A.D. 698.


* - 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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