26 May, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
26th May (13th May O.S.)
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  • AGNES OF POITIERS, After being chosen by St. Radegund (13th August) to be Abbess of Holy Cross at Poitiers, Agnes and St. Radegund travelled together to Arles where St. Caesarius (27th August) handed them the rule for their community. St. Agnes reposed in A.D. 588.
  • ANNO (HANNO, ANNON), Bishop of his native city of Verona. While Bishop he translated the relics of SS. Firmus and Rusticus (9th August) from Africa to Verona. St. Anno reposed in A.D. 780.
  • FORTIS GABRIELLI, a native of Gubbio in Umbria, who became a hermit in the mountains near Scheggia, he was later attached to the monastery of Fontavellana, reposing in A.D. 1040.
  • MAEL (MAHEL), (Sixth Century), St. Mael was a native of Brittany and a disciple of St. Cadfan (1st November), with whom he travelled to Wales. He lived there as a hermit on the Isle of Bardsey. Nothing further is known about him.
  • NATALIS, the Bishop of Milan from A.D. 740 until his repose in A.D. 751.
  • ONESIMUS, the fifth Bishop of Soissons, he reposed circa A.D. 361.
  • SERVATUS (SERVAIS), a Bishop of Tongres, who was the host of St. Athanasius when the latter was exiled to the West. St. Servatus reposed in A.D. 384.
  • VALERIAN, the third Bishop of Auxerre, and a defender of Orthodoxy against Arianism. St. Valerian reposed circa A.D. 350.


* - 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 May, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
25th May (12th May O.S.)
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  • DIOMMA, (Fifth Century), St. Diomma is the patron saint of Kildimo in Co. Limerick, Ireland and was the teacher of St. Déclán of Ardmore (24th July) amongst others. Nothing further is known about him.
  • DIONYSIUS, a native of Asia Minor, he was the uncle and guardian of St. Pancras (vide infra). Traveling together to Rome, they became Orthodox and were martyred under Diocletian in A.D. 304.
  • ÆTHELHARD (ETHELHARD), St. Æthelhard was the fourteenth Archbishop of Canterbury. Little reliable information of his early life exists. It seems that he was a native of Louth in Lincolnshire England and entered the monastery there, becoming Abbot before being consecrated Bishop of Winchester. He served that See until A.D. 793 when he was elevated to Canterbury. His time as Archbishop was one of political upheaval as King Offa of Mercia was attempting to bring the church under his secular control, much like Charlemagne on the Continent. St. Æthelhard reposed A.D. 805.
  • FLAVIA DOMITILLA, EUPHROSYNA, AND THEODORA, (Second Century) Flavia Domitilla was a great-niece of the Emperors Domitian and Titus and St. Flavius Clemens (22nd June). She became Orthodox, and when she refused to marry a pagan, was exiled from Rome and martyred with her foster sisters, Euphrosyna and Theodora, in Terracina.
  • MODOALD,a native of Gascony, who was related by blood and united in friendship with most of the saints of the Merovingian period. In A.D. 622 he became Bishop of Trier, and reposed in A.D. 640.
  • NEREUS AND ACHILLEUS, two Pretorian soldiers, who are traditionally believed to have been baptised by the Apostle Peter, and exiled with Flavia Domitilla to Pontia and later to Terracina, where they were beheaded circa A.D. 100.
  • PANCRAS, (circa A.D. 304), a martyr (vide Dionysius supra) buried in the cemetery of Calepodius in Rome. In the seventh century relics of the saint were sent to England and St. Pancras became popular there.
  • PHILIP OF AGIRONE, (Date Unknown) a Saint venerated in Agirone in Sicily as its first missionary.
  • RICTRUDIS, the wife of St. Adalbald (2nd February), and mother of SS. Maurontius (9th January), Eusebia (20th September), Clotsindis (30th June) and Adalsindis (25th December). After her husband's repose she became a nun, founding the convent of Marchiennes. St. Rictrudis reposed in A.D. 688.


* - 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 May, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
24th May (11th May O.S.)
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  • ANASTASIUS AND COMPANIONS, a tribune in the army of the Emperor Decius who was converted upon witnessing the courage of the martyrs whom he was torturing to death. Shortly after his conversion, he too was arrested and beheaded with all his family and servants (A.D. 251). Their relics are -venerated in Camerino in central Italy.
  • ANASTASIUS, (Date Unknown) the patron-saint of the town of Lérida in Catalonia. Pious belief amongst the people of Lérida is that Anastasius was born there.
  • ANTHIMUS, a priest in Rome, who converted the pagan husband, a prefect, of the Christian matron Lucina, famed for her charity to imprisoned fellow-Orthodox. The martyr, thrown into the Tiber and miraculously rescued by an angel, was then recaptured and beheaded in A.D. 303.
  • EVELLIUS, an advisor to Nero, who was converted to Christ on witnessing the patience of the martyrs, and himself martyred in Pisa circa A.D. 66.
  • FREMUND, St. Fremund was an Anglo-Saxon hermit, and perhaps a member of the Royal Family of Mercia. He appears to have been martyred by the Danes in A.D. 866. His relics were enshrined at Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England.
  • GANGULF, a native of Burgundy, who led the life of a hermit and was murdered in A.D. 760.
  • ILLUMINATUS, a monk at the Monastery of San Mariano in his native town of San Severino near Ancona, who reposed circa A.D. 1000.
  • MAJOLUS (MAIEUL), born in Avignon, he became a priest, and then a monk at Cluny in order to avoid becoming a bishop. Later he became Abbot of Cluny, advising Popes and Emperors, and reposing in A.D. 994.
  • MAMERTUS, an Archbishop of Vienne, and a man of great piety and faith. He reposed in A.D. 475.
  • MAXIMUS, BASSUS, AND FABIUS, martyrs in Rome under Diocletian in A.D. 304.
  • ODILO, born to a noble family in Auvergne, he became a monk at the monastery of Cluny circa A.D. 990 and was made abbot four years later. He was a gentle and kind man, known for his generosity to the poor. St. Odilo reposed in A.D. 1049.
  • ODO OF CLUNY, born in Maine in Normandy, he became a monk at Baume in A.D. 909, and Abbot of Cluny in A.D. 927. He freed Cluny from secular interference, paving the way for its rapid growth. St. Odo reposed in A.D. 942 at the tomb of St. Martin in Tours.
  • POSSESSOR, a magistrate in Verdun, who became bishop there in A.D. 470. He and his flock met with great trouble from the barbarian Franks, Vandals and Goths. St. Possessor reposed circa A.D. 485.
  • PRINCIPIA, a holy virgin in Rome who was a disciple of St. Marcella (31st January). She reposed circa A.D. 420.
  • SISINIUS, DIOCLETIUS, AND FLORENTIUS, martyrs in Osimo near Ancona under Diocletian in A.D. 303. They were stoned to death at the same time as the Roman priest, St. Anthimus (11th May).
  • TUDY (TUDINUS, TEGWIN, THETGO), (Fifth Century), a disciple of St. Brioc (1st May) in Brittany. He was a hermit and then an abbot near Landevennec in Brittany. Like St. Brioc he also spent some time in Cornwall, where a church and parish still bear his name.
  • WALBERT (VAUBERT), a duke of Lorraine who was the husband of St. Bertilia (3rd January) and father of SS. Waldetrudis (9th April) and Aldegund (30th January). St. Walbert reposed circa A.D. 678.


* - 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 May, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
23rd May (10th May O.S.)
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  • ALPHIUS, PHILADELPHUS, AND CYRINUS, brothers from Sicily martyred under Decius in A.D. 251. They were held in great veneration in Sicily, primarily in Lentini, where they are patron-saints.
  • AURELIAN, (Third Century). a disciple of St. Martial of Limoges (30th June) and later bishop of that See.
  • CALEPODIUS, PALMATIUS, SIMPLICIUS, FELIX, BLANDA, AND COMPANIONS, martyrs in Rome under Alexander Severus A.D. 222-232. St. Calepodius, a priest, was the first to suffer; St. Palmatius, of consular rank, died with his wife and children and forty-two members of his household. St. Simplicius, a senator, was martyred with sixty-five members of his family and dependents. SS. Felix and Blanda were husband and wife.
  • CATALDUS, a seventh century monk at Lismore in Ireland who was originally from Munster. While returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he was chosen as bishop by the people of Taranto in southern Italy. The Cathedral of Taranto is dedicated to him.
  • COMGALL, St. Comgall was born at Dalaradia (Dál nAraidi), Ulster, Ireland, in the early part of the sixth century. Following a period spent as a soldier, he became a monk under St. Finian (10th September) at Moville Abbey in Co. Down. After ordination to the priesthood, St. Comgall and a group of monks spent some time living a very strict ascetical life on an island in Lough Erne, Ulster.

    It was St. Comgall’s wish to go to Scotland as a missionary, but his Bishop gave him the obedience of establishing a monastery at Bangor (Bennchor) in Co. Down. It is commonly accepted that St. Comgall trained over four thousand monks at Bangor, including SS. Columbanus of Luxeuil (23rd November) and Moloc (25th June).

    The success of Bangor was extraordinary; to this day St. Comgall is refered to as “the Father of Monks”. It was said that he often prayed whilst standing in the water for several hours and that at times his cell seemed to be illuminated with a heavenly radiance. Eventually St. Comgall was able to follow his earlier wish to visit Scotland where he became close friends with St. Columba of Iona (9th June), by whose prayers St. Comgall was once saved from drowning. St. Comgall lived to an advanced age, and after a prolonged illness, he received Holy Communion from St. Fiacre (30th August), and reposed at Bangor on 10th May, A.D. 602.

  • Icon of St. Comgall

    TROPARION of ST. COMGALL - TONE III

    Having learned of the goodness of the Grace that comes from the Highest
    And girded yourself from your youth in a clear conscience,
    O Dionysius, imitator of Christ, you were a pillar of patience
    And a preacher of the Word of God,
    You confirmed the teachings of the faith and subdued the imaginations of the superstitious,
    By so doing you glady suffered for the truth being an example of suffering.
    Since you possess boldness before Christ our God
    Do not cease to pray for us, who in love revere your holy memory.

  • QUARTUS AND QUINTUS, (Date Unknown), two citizens of Capua in Campania who were condemned and executed in Rome. Their relics were translated to Capua where they were enshrined.
  • SOLANGIA (SOLANGE), a poor shepherdess near Bourges, who defended her chastity and was brutally murdered circa A.D. 880.


* - 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 May, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
22nd May (9th May O.S.)
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  • BEATUS, (Date Unknown), an early hermit, venerated as the Apostle of Switzerland. His hermitage was at the place now called Beatenberg above the Lake of Thun.
  • GERONTIUS, a Bishop of Cervia near Ravenna who was murdered in Cagli on the Flaminian Way, circa A.D. 501, which led to him being honoured as a martyr.
  • GORFOR, (Date Unknown), the patron saint of Llanover in Gwent, Wales. Nothing else is known about this saint’s life.
  • GREGORY OF OSTIA, a Bishop of Ostia who a great deal of time in Navarre and Old Castile. He reposed at Logroño circa A.D. 1044.
  • JOHN OF CHÂLON, the third Bishop of Châlon-sur-Saône. He was consecrated by St. Patiens of Lyons (10th September). St. John reposed circa A.D. 475.
  • SANCTAN, (Sixth Century) St. Sanctan was a Briton who went to Ireland where he was made Bishop of Kill-da-Les / Kill-na-Sanctan, an unknown See which may have been near present-day Dublin. Some sources state he was a son of St. Selyf of Cornwall (25th June), and a brother of St. Cybi (8th November), though there is nothing extant to substantiate this theory.
  • VINCENT, Abbot of St. Peter de Montes in Spain as well as a disciple and successor of St. Gennadius (25th May). He reposed circa A.D. 950.


* - 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 May, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
21st May (8th May O.S.)
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  • BENEDICT II, Pope of Rome from A.D. 683 until his repose in A.D. 685.
  • BONIFACE IV, a native of Valeria in the Abruzzi, he became a monk at St. Sebastian in Rome. He was Pope of Rome from A.D. 608 until his repose in A.D. 615.
  • DESIDERATUS, (Sixth Century), the successor of St. Arcadius (1st August) as Bishop of Bourges.
  • DIONYSIUS, the successor of St. Justus (6th May) as Bishop of Vienne in the Dauphiné, he reposed circa A.D. 193.
  • GIBRIAN, a hermit in Ireland who reposed circa A.D. 515. The eldest of five brothers and three sisters, all of whom went to Brittany. Their names are given as St. Tressan (7th February), St. Helan (7th October), Germanus (or German 3rd December), St. Abran (or Gibrian), Petran, Franca, Promptia and Possenna.
  • HELLADIUS OF AUXERRE, a Bishop of Auxerre for thirty years. He converted his successor, St. Amator (1st May), reposing in A.D. 387.
  • IDA (ITA, IDUBERGA) OF NIVELLES, a widow who became a nun at Nivelles, under her daughter, St. Gertrude (17th March). St. Ida reposed in A.D. 652.
  • ODRIAN, (Date Unknown), St. Odrian was an early Bishop of Waterford, and is the patron saint of Waterford as well. No further information, including the dates he lived, about this saint exists.
  • VICTOR THE MOOR, a soldier from Mauritania in North Africa who was martyred in Milan under Maximian in A.D. 303.
  • WIRO, PLECHELM AND OTGER, the founders of a monastery at Odilienburg; St. Wiro became Bishop of Utrecht, and is one of the Apostles of Frisia. He reposed circa A.D. 753.


* - 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 May, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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



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  • DOMITIAN, Bishop of Maastricht and Apostle of the Meuse Valley. He reposed circa A.D. 560 and his relics were venerated at Huy.
  • JOHN OF BEVERLEY, our father among the saints John of Beverley was a diligent scholar and teacher who was educated at St. Augustine's monastery at Canterbury under the supervision of St. Theodore of Canterbury (19th September). St. John then went to the double monastery of Whitby under St. Hilda (17th November). At Whitby his students included St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), whom St. John ordained to the priesthood. St. Bede the Venerable relates in his Historia Ecclesiastica how St. John cured a deaf mute through his blessing. St. John was first consecrated Bishop of Hexham (circa A.D. 687), and was made Bishop of York in A.D. 705. However he resigned that See after eight years, and retired to the abbey at Inderawood which he had founded, and which later became known as Beverley. St. John reposed there after seven years, A.D. 721.
  • JUVENAL OF BENEVENTO, a Saint of Narni. He reposed circa A.D. 132 and his shrine is in Benevento.
  • PETER OF PAVIA, the Bishop of Pavia during the reign of Luitprand, King of the Lombards. He reposed circa A.D. 735.
  • PLACID (PLACIDUS, PLAIT), an abbot of St. Symphorian in Autun, he reposed circa A.D. 675.
  • SERENICUS AND SERENUS, two brothers from a noble family in Spoleto, who became monks and later settled as hermits near the River Sarthe in Gaul. Serenus remained a hermit until the end of his life, but Serenicus became the abbot of a monastery with some one hundred and forty monks. They are believed to have reposed circa A.D. 669.


* - 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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