18 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • BERTIN, a monk at Luxeuil in Burgundy, who served as an assistant to St. Omer (9th September), Bishop of Thérouanne, and later as Abbot of Sithin (afterwards renamed St. Bertin). Under his direction the monastery prospered, he founded many new monasteries as well. St. Bertin reposed circa A.D. 709.
  • GENEBALD OF LAON, first Bishop of Laon, and a relative of St. Remigius of Rheims (1st October). According to legend he is said to have performed seven years of continous penance for an unnamed sin he had committed. St. Genebald reposed circa A.D. 555.
  • HERCULANUS, a martyr in Porto near Rome, most likely under Marcus Aurelius, circa A.D. 180.
  • OBDULIA, (Date Unknown), a holy virgin whose relics are enshrined at Toledo in Spain, where she is venerated, no further details of her life are extant.
  • QUINTIUS, ARCONTIUS AND DONATUS, (Date Unknown), martyrs venerated in Capua and elsewhere in the south of Italy, no further details of their lives are extant.
  • VICTORINUS, a Bishop of Como known for his fervent opposition to Arianism. He reposed A.D. 644.


* - 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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17 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
17th September (4th September O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • BONIFACE I, Pope of Rome from A.D. 418 until his repose A.D. 422, there is little in the way of reliable information on his life prior to his election.
  • CALETRICUS, the successor of St. Leobinus (15th September) as Bishop of Chartres (circa A.D. 557). He reposed circa A.D. 580, and nothing else certain is known of his Life.
  • CANDIDA THE ELDER, an elderly woman, miraculously healed by the Apostle Peter (29th June) in Naples, and converted to Orthodoxy. She later converted St. Aspren (3rd August), who became the first Bishop of Naples. St. Candida reposed circa A.D. 78.
  • IDA OF HERZFELD, a young widow who founded the convent of Herzfeld in Westphalia, devoting the rest of her life to good works. St. Ida reposed circa A.D. 825.
  • MARCELLUS, a priest in Lyons, arrested during the persecution under Marcus Aurelius, who escaped from prison, and continued to preach the Gospel but was arrested again. He was buried up to his waist on the banks of the Saône, where he survived for three days before he died, circa A.D. 178.
  • MARCELLUS, (Date Unknown), we know little or nothing about this saint of which we can be certain, but both Tongres and Trier have claimed him as having served as one of their early bishops.
  • MARINUS, (Fourth Century ?), according to tradition, St. Marinus was a stonemason who was born on an island off the coast of Dalmatia.   Later ordained to the Deaconate by Gaudentius, Bishop of Rimini, he reposed as an anchorite in the region that is now known as the Republic of San Marino after him.
  • MONESSA, St. Monessa, the daughter of an Irish chieftain, was baptised by St. Patrick (17th March). According to tradition, she reposed immediately following her baptism (A.D. 456). No further information on her life is extant.
  • RHUDDLAD, (Seventh Century ?), St. Rhuddlad is the patron saint of Llanrhyddlad (Welsh: Llan-Rhûddlad) in Anglesey, Wales. There is no further information on her life extant.
  • SALVINUS, there is no information on this Saint extant, beyond that he was the successor of St. Maurus (20th January) as the third Bishop of Verdun and reposed circa A.D. 420.
  • SULPICIUS OF BAYEUX, a Bishop of Bayeux from circa A.D. 838 until he was martyred by Vikings in Livry, circa A.D. 843.
  • ULTAN, St. Ultan was the Abbot-Bishop of Ardbraccan, Co. Meath, Ireland. Although no contemporary Lives have survived, the Annals of Ulster record the year of his repose as A.D. 657, and extensive mention of him is made in the Félire Óengusso* (Martyrology of Ængus). He is remembered for his care of the poor, and especially his work on behalf of destitute and orphaned children.


* - 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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16 September, 2014

AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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The following excerpt, from The Orthodox Veneration of the Mother of God by our modern day Saint John Maximovitch, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco, is an Orthodox Christian response to the Roman Catholic belief of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The Immaculate Conception, the belief that the Mother of God was conceived and born without sin, was declared a dogma of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854. The feast of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics.  Read the entire article at: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/73378.htm


Ground Blessing for Saint Nicholas at WTC Set for Oct. 18

A Ground Blessing ceremony for the St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center is set for Saturday October 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

St. Nicholas National Shrine NYC Ground Blessing

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
16th September (3rd September O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AIGULPHUS (AYOU, AYOUL), a monk at Fleury who was sent to Montecassino in an attempt to obtain the relics of St. Benedict of Nursia (11th July), and later became Abbot of Lérins, where it is said he undertook much needed reforms.   His clashes with a local chieftain who opposed him, led to him being taken, with four of his monks, to an island near Corsica where they were all martyred, circa A.D. 676.
  • AMBROSE, a Bishop of Sens who reposed circa A.D. 455, and about whom no further information is extant.
  • AUXANUS, known in Milan as Sant'Ansano, where he seems to have served as bishop for two or three years, and has always been held in great veneration as a Saint and model bishop.   St. Auxanus reposed A.D. 568.
  • EUPHEMIA, DOROTHY, THECLA AND ERASMA, (First Century?), a group of virgin-martyrs in Aquileia, who are venerated in Venice and Ravenna.
  • FRUGENTIUS, a monk at Fleury, who was martyred with St. Aigulphus (vide supra), A.D. 675.

  • Icon of St. Gregory the Dialogist


  • GREGORY THE DIALOGIST (THE GREAT), the son of St. Sylvia (4th November), and nephew of SS. Tarsilla and Emiliana (5th January), and commonly believed to have been the grandson of St. Felix II, Pope of Rome (1st March).   Gregory was born in Rome, and having recieved an excellent secular education, received several high-ranking government appointments, though his true desire was to recieve monastic tonsure.   Following the repose of his father, he used his inheritence to found six monasteries, including one in Rome dedicated to the holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called, where he received monastic tonsure.   He spent some time in Constantinople as an emissary of the Pope of Rome; and upon his return was chosen successor of Pelagius II as Pope of Rome himself.   His Pontificate was notable for many events, not the least of which was his sending missionaries to England, not only due to the conversion of the English, but also for the subsidiary effect of spreading the Faith amongst the Germanic peoples of north-west Europe.   He was instrumental in the conversion of the Lombards and Goths, was a supporter of monasticism, and a prolific writer.   St. Gregory is credited with the first writen record of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in Latin, and his Dialogues, and Regula Pastoralis are classics of Orthodox literature.   He reposed A.D. 604, and his relics are enshrined in the cathedral of the holy Apostle Peter in the Vatican.


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  • HERESWITH, a princess from Northumbria in England, and sister of St. Hilda of Whitby (17th November).   After being widowed, St. Hereswith recieved monastic tonsure at Chelles in Gaul, where she lived out the rest of her life, reposing circa A.D. 690.
  • MACANISIUS, according to tradition, St. Macanisius was baptised as an infant by St. Patrick (17th March), who later consecrated him first Abbot-Bishop of Connor (sometimes known as Kells, not to be confused with Kells, Co. Meath or Kells, Co. Kilkenny) in present-day Co. Antrim, Ireland. Nothing further is known of his life; St. Macanisius reposed A.D. 514.
  • MANSUETUS (MANSUY), a Bishop of Toul in Gaul, widely believed to have been originally from Scotland.   His work to spread the Faith amongst the local population was so successful that he is regarded as the Apostle of Lorraine.   St. Mansuetus reposed circa A.D. 350.
  • MAURILIUS, a Bishop of Cahors in Gaul, who is reputed to have known the entire Bible by heart.   He reposed A.D. 580.
  • NATALIS, (Sixth Century), a native of Benevento in Campania, who became a priest in Casale in Piedmont, and is remembered as a man of great sanctity.
  • REGULUS (REOL), a monk at Rebais, who succeeded St. Nivard (1st September) as Archbishop of Rheims (circa A.D. 670).   He served that See until circa A.D. 690, and reposed A.D. 698.
  • REMACLUS, a noble from Aquitaine, who became a monk, and then first Abbot of Solignac near Limoges, and later Abbot of Cougnon in Luxembourg.   He founded the monasteries of Stavelot and Malmédy (circa A.D. 648), and in A.D. 652 he was consecrated Bishop of Maastricht in Holland, reposing circa A.D. 663.
  • SANDILA (SANDALUS, SANDOLUS, SANDULF), (Date Uncertain - Possibly Mid-Ninth Century), a martyr in Cordoba under the Moors, about whom there is no further information extant.


* - 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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15 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
15th September (2st September O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • AGRICOLA (AGRICOLUS), the son of St. Magnus (19th August), Bishop of Avignon, who recieved monastic tonsure at Lérins at the age of sixteen.   At the age of thirty, his father summoned him to Avignon to serve as his coadjutor, and succeeding him in A.D. 660.   St. Agricola reposed A.D. 700, and is one of the patron saints of Avignon.
  • ANTONINUS, (Date Unknown), the patron saint of Pamiers, Palencia, and Medina del Campo.   There are no reliable details of his life extant, and there are possible doubts to his historicity and exact identity.
  • CASTOR, originally from Nîmes, he married and settled in Marseilles, though after a short time he and his wife separated by mutual consent and both entered monasteries.   St. Castor founded the monastery of Manauque in Provence, and shortly afterwards became Bishop of Apt, reposing circa A.D. 420.
  • ELPIDIUS, the successor of St. Antiochus (15th October) as Bishop of Lyons.   St. Elpidus reposed A.D. 422, and his relics were enshrined in the church of St Justus.
  • HIEU (HEIU), (Seventh Century), St. Hieu received monastic tonsure from St. Aidan of Lindisfarne (31st August), and went on the serve as Abbess of Tadcaster in Yorkshire, England. Some sources aver that she is the same saint as St. Bega (6th September).
  • JUSTUS OF LYONS, (Also 14th October), a deacon in Vienne who was consecrated Bishop of Lyons in A.D 350.   He was in attendence at the Council of Aquileia (A.D. 381), and then went to Egypt where he lived as a hermit.   St. Justus reposed A.D. 390.
  • LOLANUS, (Fifth Century), a variety of legends regarding the life of St. Lolanus have completely obscured the historical record. While some sources profess that he was a nephew of St. Servan (1st July), others claim that he was a native of Cana in Galilee who lived in Rome for seven years before travelling to Scotland where he spent the rest of his life. Still other sources maintain that he was a bishop in Scotland.
  • MAXIMA, a Roman slave who was martyred by scourging in Rome during the persecution of Diocletian (A.D. 304).   She was condemned to death together with St. Ansanus (1st December).
  • NONNOSUS, a contemporary of Saint Benedict of Nursia (11th July), who was a prior at the San Silvestre monastery on Monte Soratte north of Rome and later a monk at Suppentonia, near Civita Castellana.   St. Nonnosus reposed circa A.D. 575, and what we know of this saint comes from the Life written by St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September).
  • VALENTINE, (Fourth Century), the fourth Bishop of Strasbourg.


* - 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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14 September, 2014

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
14th September (1st September O.S.)
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Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


Start of the Indiction.




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Beginning of the Liturgical Year.



  • AGIA (AIA, AYE), (Sixth Century) mother of St. Lupus of Sens (vide infra), she was a woman of great holiness who, following her repose, was venerated as a saint.
  • CONSTANTIUS, a Bishop of Aquino (Aquinum) in Lazio (present-day Italy), he reposed circa A.D. 520.
  • FIRMINUS OF AMIENS, (Fourth Century) named for St. Firminus (25th September), who, as first Bishop of Amiens in Picardy, had baptised his father, this St. Firminus was third Bishop of Amiens.
  • GILES AND ARCANUS, Giles was a Spaniard, who with the Italian St. Arcanus, founded a monastery to enshrine relics which they had brought from The Holy Land; which grew to become Borgo Santo Sepolcro in Tuscany.   circa A.D. 1050 is given as the year of their repose.
  • GILES, (Eighth Century) whilst we don't have much in the way of reliable infomation on this saint, it is resonable to believe he was probably born in Provence, and was later the Abbot of a monastery on the Rhône, where the town of Saint-Gilles now stands.   He is venerated as the patron-saint of cripples and beggars.
  • LUPUS OF SENS, A monk at Lérins who was consecrated Bishop of Sens in Burgundy in 609.   He was slandered, and forced into exile, but was recalled by his people and fully vindicated.   St. Lupus reposed A.D. 623.
  • LYTHAN (LLYTHAOTHAW), St. Lythan is the patron saint of two churches in the Diocese of Llandaff. Nothing further, including the years he lived, is known of his life.
  • NIVARD, Archbishop of Rheims..   He reposed circa A.D. 670, and buried at Hautvilliers Abbey, which he had restored.
  • PRISCUS, sent by the Apostle Peter (29th June)to be the first Bishop of Capua in Campania, he is believed to have been martyred under Nero, circa A.D. 66.
  • PRISCUS, CASTRENSIS, TAMMARUS, ROSIUS, HERACLIUS, SECUNDINUS, ADJUTOR, MARK, AUGUSTUS, ELPIDIUS, CANION AND VINDONIUS, (also 11th February), most likely fifth century Saints, Priscus, was a bishop in North Africa, who along with his priests, it seems, was cast adrift in a boat by the Arian Vandals.   They reached the south of Italy, where eventually Priscus became Bishop of Capua.
  • REGULUS, exiled by the Arian Vandals from his native North Africa.   He landed in Tuscany where he was martyred under Totila, circa A.D. 545.
  • SIXTUS (XYSTUS) OF RHEIMS, the first Bishop of Rheims, he reposed circa A.D. 300, there is no further reliable information on his life extant.
  • TERENTIAN, a Bishop of Todi in Umbria, martyred under Hadrian (A.D. 118).   According to tradition he was racked, had his tongue cut out, and finally beheaded.
  • TWELVE HOLY BROTHERS, the relics of several groups of martyrs who had suffered in the south of Italy were brought together and enshrined at Benevento in A.D. 760.  The various groups who comprised the so-called 'Twelve Brothers' or Martyrs of the South are:
    1. In Potenza in the Basilicata: Arontius or Orontius, Honoratus, Fortunatus and Sabinian.
    2. In Venosa in Apulia: Septiminus, Januarius and Felix.
    3. In Velleianum in Apulia: Vitalis, Sator (Satyrus) and Repositus.
    4. In Sentianum in Apulia: Donatus and another Felix.
  • VERENA, A third century Egyptian saint related to a soldier of the Theban Legion, who travelled to Switzerland in search of him and settled as an anchoress near Zürich.
  • VIBIANA (BIBIANA), (Date Unknown), a virgin-martyr in Rome, who is the main patron saint of Los Angeles, where her relics are now venerated.
  • VICTORIUS, a disciple of St. Martin of Tours (11th November), who was Bishop of Le Mans from circa A.D. 453, until his repose circa A.D. 490.
  • VINCENT AND LAETUS, (Date Unknown), possibly born in Toledo in Spain.   It is possible they are the same as the St. Vincent who is patron saint of Dax, Gascony, France, and St. Laetus, a deacon to St. Vincent.


* - 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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