28 February, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
28th February (15th February O.S.)
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  • AGAPE, a virgin-martyr (circa A.D. 273) in Terni in Umbria. She was a member of a group of virgins formed by St. Valentine (14th February) into a community.
  • BERACH (BARACHIAS, BERACHIUS), (Sixth Century), a disciple of St. Kevin (3rd June), St. Berach founded a monastery at Clusin-Coirpte (now Termonbarry from the Irish: Tearmann Bearaigh, meaning “St. Barry’s sanctuary”) in Connaught. He is venerated in Co. Roscommon and is the patron saint of Kilbarry near Dublin.
  • CRATON AND COMPANIONS, St. Craton was a well-known philosopher converted to Christianity by St. Valentine (14th February), Bishop of Terni, and martyred in Rome along with his wife and family circa A.D. 273.
  • DECOROSUS, Bishop of Capua for thirty years, he reposed in A.D. 695.
  • DOCHOW (DOCHAU, DOGWYN), (Date Uncertain), there is a fair degree of uncertainty surrounding this saint. He is mentioned in the English Menology as a Welsh saint, though he may be the same as St. Cadoc (24th January), sometimes called St. Dockoe, or St. Dogmæl, St. Docmæl. There is a church in north-east Wales dedicated to a St. Docwy, or Dogway. It is probable that he was the founder of a monastery in Cornwall, and the Annals of Ulster describes him as a bishop.
  • DRUTHMAR, a monk at Lorsch who became Abbot of Corvey in Saxony in A.D. 1014. He reposed in A.D. 1046.
  • FARANNAN, a native of Ireland St. Farannan went to Iona to become a disciple of St. Columba (9th June). He later settled in the West of Ireland, where he lived as an anchorite in a cave in the strictest asceticism, reposing circa A.D. 590. He is the patron saint of Alterna (All-Faranna) in Sligo, the probable place of his death.
  • FAUSTINUS AND JOVITA, two brothers from a noble family in Brescia in Lombardy, who were zealous preachers of Orthodoxy. They were beheaded in their native city under Hadrian during the second century.
  • FAUSTUS, (Sixth Century), a disciple of St. Benedict (11th July) at Monte Cassino.
  • GEORGIA, an anchoress near Clermont in Auvergne, who reposed circa A.D. 500.
  • QUINIDIUS, a hermit in Aix in Provence, who became Bishop of Vaison, reposing circa A.D. 579.
  • SATURNINUS, CASTULUS, MAGNUS, AND LUCIUS, disciples of St. Valentine (14th February), Bishop of Terni, who were martyred in A.D. 273.
  • SEVERUS, a priest from the Abruzzi. St. Gregory the Great (3rd September) told of him restoring the life of a dead man so he could receive communion and unction. St. Severus reposed circa A.D. 530.
  • SIGFRID, a priest-monk, most likely at Glastonbury who went to enlighten Sweden where he was based in Vaxjo, and one of his converts was King Olaf of Sweden. St. Sigfrid reposed circa A.D. 1045.
  • WALFRID (GUALFREDO) DELLA GHERARDESCA, a native of Pisa who married and was father of five sons and one daughter. In later life he joined two other married men in founding the monastery of Palazzuolo and a convent nearby for their wives and Walfrid's daughter. Walfrid was the first abbot and was succeeded by one of his sons. St. Walfrid reposed circa A.D. 765.
  • WINAMAN, UNAMAN AND SUNAMAN, monks and nephews of St. Sigfrid (vide supra). They followed thier uncle to Sweden, where they were martyred by pagans circa A.D. 1040.


* - 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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27 February, 2015

God loves us, and we hate Him.
The devil hates us, and we love him with our actions. 

 — Elder Ephraim

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
27th February (14th February O.S.)
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Icon of Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • ANTONINUS OF SORRENTO, a monk in one of the dependencies of Monte Cassino. With wars raging in the country around him, he was forced to flee his monastery, becoming a hermit. He was then invited by the people of Sorrento to live among them, which he did as abbot of St. Agrippinus. He reposed in A.D. 830, and is now venerated as the patron-saint of that town.
  • CONRAN, (Date Unknown), little is known about St. Conran, other than that he was a Bishop of the Orkney Islands, known for his austere life and zealousness in pastoring souls. In the past he was held in great veneration in the North of Scotland.
  • ELEUCHADIUS, (Second Century), a Greek saint who was converted by St. Apollinaris of Ravenna (23rd July), and succeeded St. Adhentus (27th September) as third Bishop of that city.
  • NOSTRIANUS, the sixteenth Bishop of Naples, and a undaunted opponent of Arianism and Pelagianism. St. Nostrianus reposed circa A.D. 450.
  • PROCULUS, EPHEBUS AND APOLLONIUS, martyred in A.D. 273 in Terni in Umbria.
  • THEODOSIUS, a (thirteenth?) Bishop of Vaison, who reposed in A.D. 554, and was succeeded by St. Quinidius (15th February).
  • VALENTINE, a priest and doctor in Rome martyred in A.D. 269, most likely under Claudius the Goth. He was buried on the Flaminian Way, and in A.D. 350 a church was built over his tomb.
  • VALENTINE, a Bishop of Terni in Umbria martyred under Claudius the Goth circa A.D. 269.
  • VITALIS, FELICULA AND ZENO, (Date Unknown), early martyrs in Rome.


* - 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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26 February, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
26th February (13th February O.S.)
:



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  • AIMO (AIMONIUS), the founder of the convent of St. Victor in Meda in Lombardy, who reposed circa A.D. 790.
  • BENIGNUS, a priest in Todi in Umbria, who was martyred under Diocletian circa A.D. 303.
  • DYFNOG, a Welsh saint of the family of Caradog, he was greatly venerated in Clwyd. No further information on this saint is extant.
  • ERMENHILD (ERMENGILD, ERMENILDA), St. Ermenhild was the daughter of King Erconbert of Kent and St. Saxburgh (6th July), as well as the wife of King Wulfhere of Mercia, and the mother of St. Werburgh (3rd February). Upon the death of her husband, she joined her mother at the Abbey of Minster in Sheppey, and eventually succeeded her as abbess. She later joined her daughter St. Etheldreda’s (23rd June) monastery at Ely, where they remained for the rest of their earthly lives. It is thought the repose of St. Ermenild may have taken place about A.D. 700.
  • FULCRAN, a Bishop of Lodève in Languedoc who was renowned for his asceticism. He served as bishop for over half a century, reposing in A.D. 1006.
  • FUSCA AND MAURA, martyrs in Ravenna under Decius, circa A.D. 250. Fusca was a young girl and Maura her nurse.
  • GOSBERT, the fourth Bishop of Osnabruck. He was a disciple of St. Ansgar (3rd February) and reposed circa A.D. 859.
  • HUNA, St. Huna was a priest-monk at Ely under St. Audrey (Etheldred) (23rd June), to whom he attended during the last moments of her life. He subsequently became a hermit in the fens near Chatteris, at a place now called Honey Farm after him, reposing circa A.D. 690.
  • JULIAN OF LYONS, (Date Unknown), a martyr venerated in Lyons, of whom nothing further is known.
  • LUCINUS (LEZIN), a cousin of King Clotaire I who renounced his noble title and position in Court to live as an anchorite. He was later compelled to become the fifteenth Bishop of Angers. St. Lucinus reposed circa A.D. 618.
  • MODOMNOCK (DOMNOC, DOMINIC), an Irish saint, perhaps of the O’Neil Clan, he was a disciple of St. David (1st March) in Wales. He returned to Ireland where he lived as a hermit near Kilkenny. According to legend, St. Modomnock introduced bees to Ireland when a swarm followed him from his monastery in Wales where he had been a beekeeper. St. Modomnock reposed circa A.D. 550.
  • STEPHEN OF LYONS, a Bishop of Lyons, who was active in converting the Arian Burgundians to Orthodoxy. He reposed in A.D. 512.
  • STEPHEN OF RIETI, an Abbot in Rieti, who reposed circa A.D. 590, and whom St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) describes as 'rude of speech but of cultured life'.


* - 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 February, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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



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  • BENEDICT REVELLI, a monk at Santa Maria dei Fonti who became a hermit on the island of Gallinaria in the Gulf of Genoa. In A.D. 870 he was consecrated Bishop of Albengac, and reposed in A.D. 900.
  • DAMIAN, (Date Unknown), a martyr in Rome, whose relics were found in the catacombs of St. Callistus (15th October) and later translated to Salamanca.
  • ETHILWOLD, a disciple of St. Cuthbert (20th March), St. Ethilwold went on to serve as Abbot of Melrose in Scotland. For the last twenty years of his life, he was Bishop of Lindisfarne. He was a contemporary of St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), who spoke of him with great praise. St. Ethelwold reposed A.D. 750, and was initially buried at Lindisfarne, though his relics were later translated to Durham.
  • EULALIA (AULAIRE, AULAZIE, OLALLA) OF BARCELONA, a native of Barcelona, who was a virgin-martyr under Diocletian circa A.D. 304.
  • GAUDENTIUS OF VERONA, a Bishop of Verona, who reposed circa A.D. 465. His relics are enshrined in the ancient basilica of St. Stephen in Verona in present-day Italy.
  • JULIAN THE HOSPITALLER, also called 'the Poor'. According to tradition, Julian accidentally killed his own parents, and in repentance he and his wife went on pilgrimage to Rome where they built a hospice by the side of a river. There they tended to the poor and the sick, and rowed travellers across the river. St. Julian is venerated as the patron saint of boatmen, innkeepers and travellers.
  • MODESTUS, a Sardinian deacon martyred under Diocletian circa A.D. 304. His relics were translated to Benevento circa A.D. 785.
  • MODESTUS, a second century martyr in Carthage in North Africa, who is venerated as the patron-saint of Cartagena in present-day Spain.


* - 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 February, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
24th February (11th February O.S.)
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  • BENEDICT OF ANIANE, a Visigoth, by name of Witiza who was born in Languedoc. In A.D. 773 he became a monk at Saint-Seine near Dijon, and in A.D. 779 founded a monastery in Languedoc by a stream called Aniane. He was then asked by the Emperor to oversee monasteries in Languedoc, Provence and Gascony and eventually all those in France and Germany. St. Benedict reposed in A.D. 821.

  • CÆDMON, a Northumbrian, who is author of the first recorded poem in English, he is known as the Father of English Poetry.
    The only source of original information about St. Cædmon is from St. Bede the Venerable’s (25th May) Historia ecclesiastica, in which he relates that St. Cædmon was a lay brother who worked and cared for the animals at Whitby Abbey. One evening, while the monks were feasting, singing, and playing a harp, St. Cædmon left early to sleep with the animals because he knew no songs. St. Bede the Venerable (25th May) implies that St. Cædmon felt he lacked the knowledge needed to compose the words to songs. While sleeping, Cædmon had a dream in which “someone” (quidam) approached him and asked him to sing principium creaturarum, “the beginning of created things”. After first refusing to sing, Cædmon subsequently produced a short eulogistic poem praising God, the Creator of heaven and earth.

    Upon awakening the next morning, Cædmon not only remembered everything he had sung in his dream, but added additional lines to his poem. After telling his foreman about this dream, he was taken immediately to see the abbess, believed to be St. Hilda (17th November), who closely questioned St. Cædmon about his dream. Satisfied that it was a gift from God, the abbess gave him a new commission as a test; this time for a poem based on “a passage of sacred history or doctrine”. Upon returning the next morning with the requested poem, St. Cædmon was ordered to take monastic vows. The abbess then ordered her scholars to teach St. Cædmon sacred history and doctrine, which after a night of reflection; St. Cædmon would turn into the most beautiful poetry. According to St. Bede the Venerable, St. Cædmon was responsible for a great number of splendid vernacular poetic texts on a variety of Christian topics.

    After a long and zealously pious life, St. Cædmon, having received a premonition of death, asked to be moved to the abbey’s hospice where, having gathered his friends around him, he expired, after receiving the Holy Eucharist circa A.D. 680.

  • CÆDMON’S HYMN OF CREATION

    Nu scylun hergan hefaenricaes uard
    metudæs maecti end his modgidanc
    uerc uuldurfadur sue he uundra gihuaes
    eci dryctin or astelidæ
    he aerist scop aelda barnum
    heben til hrofe haleg scepen
    tha middungeard moncynnæs uard
    eci dryctin æfter tiadæ
    firum foldu frea allmectig
    Now we should praise the heaven-kingdom’s guardian,
    the measurer’s might and his mind-conception,
    work of the glorious father, as we each wonder,
    eternal Lord, instilled at the origin.
    He first created for men’s sons
    heaven as a roof, holy creator;
    then, middle-earth, mankind’s guardian,
    eternal Lord, afterward made
    the earth for men, father almighty.


  • CALOCERUS, a disciple of St. Apollinaris (23rd July), whom he succeeded as Bishop of Ravenna. St. Calocerus reposed circa A.D. 130.
  • DESIDERATUS (DÉSIRÉ), (also 10th February), (Sixth Century), the successor of St. Avitus (21st August) as Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne.
  • DESIDERIUS, a native of Autun, who became Bishop of Vienne. He was a defender of Orthodox values, and for this was murdered in A.D. 608, at the place now called Saint-Didier-sur-Chalaronne.
  • GOBNATA (GOBNET), according to legend, an angel appeared to St. Gobnata one day and told her to leave her home, and to keep walking until she found nine white deer. She saw three white deer at Clondrohid, Co. Cork, and decided to follow them. Then, at Ballymakeera, she saw six white deer. Finally, at Ballyvourney she came upon nine white deer grazing in a wood. There she was given land for a women’s monastery by her spiritual father, St. Abban of Kill-Abban, Co. Laois (16th March), and he installed her as abbess. A holy well still exists there named for St. Gobnata. The patron saint of Ballyvourney, she is venerated throughout southern Ireland; there are churches dedicated to her in Waterford and Kerry. She is also revered in Scotland. The exact year of her repose is unknown, though it was most probably in the sixth century A.D.

  • TROPARION — (TONE III):
    As a spiritual child of the God-inspired Abban,
    Thou didst worthily guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnata
    Wherefore we entreat thee to intercede for us that we may be guided aright and be found worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

    KONTAKION — (TONE V):
    Praise and honour are thy due
    O physician of bodies and souls,
    Most Pious Gobnata.
    As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,
    Didst bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,
    Pray now for us that our tormented souls
    May come to know the joy of godly healing.


  • GREGORY II, a librarian and archivist of the Roman Church when he was chosen Pope in A.D. 715. He is famous for encouraging the spreading of the Gospel among the Germanic peoples, to whom he sent SS. Boniface (5th June) and Corbinian (8th September). He restored several Italian monasteries, notably Monte Cassino, was an opponent of Iconoclasm and helped slow the progress of the advancing Lombards. St. Gregory reposed in A.D. 731.
  • LAZARUS OF MILAN, the (eighteenth?) Archbishop of Milan who defended his flock from the Ostrogoths, and reposed circa A.D. 450.
  • MARTYRS OF NORTH-WEST AFRICA, martyrs under Diocletian, circa A.D. 303, they are known as the 'Guardians of the Holy Scriptures' — for preferring martyrdom to surendering the sacred books to be burnt.
  • PRISCUS, CASTRENSIS, TAMMARUS, ROSIUS, HERACLIUS, SECUNDINUS, ADJUTOR, MARK, AUGUSTUS, ELPIDIUS, CANION AND VINDONIUS, (also 1st September), (Fifth Century?), a bishop in North Africa, who along with his priests was cast adrift in a boat by the Arian Vandals. They reached the south of Italy, where they settled and eventually Priscus became Bishop of Capua.

  • SATURNINUS, DATIVUS, FELIX, AMPELIUS, VICTORIA AND COMPANIONS, a group of forty-six martyrs in Albitina in North Africa. Arrested during the liturgy, they were sent to Carthage for questioning. Saturninus was a priest, and with him suffered his four children, Saturninus and Felix, readers, Mary, a virgin, and Hilarion, a young child. Dativus and another Felix were senators. Others from this group, whose identities have remained known to us are: Thelica, Ampelius, Emeritus, Rogatian and Victoria, a holy virgin of undaunted courage. The child Hilarion, when threatened by the magistrates while his companions were being tortured, replied: 'Yes, torture me too; anyhow, I am a Christian'. They all died in prison in A.D. 304.

  • SEVERINUS, a native of Burgundy who was an Abbot of Agaunum in Valais, and reposed circa A.D. 507.



* - 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 February, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
23rd February (10th February O.S.)
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  • AUSTREBERTA, was born near Thérouanne in Artois, and became a nun with St. Omer (9th September) in Abbeville where she later served as Abbess. St. Austreberta went on the serve as abbess of Pavilly as well, and reposed in A.D. 704.
  • BALDEGUNDIS, an Abbess of Saint-Croix in Poitiers, who reposed circa A.D. 580.
  • DESIDERATUS (DÉSIRÉ), (also 11th February), (Sixth Century) the successor of St. Avitus (21st August) as Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne.
  • ERLUPH, most likely a native of Ireland, he became Bishop of Werden and was martyred by pagans in A.D. 830.
  • MARTYRS OF ROME, ten soldiers martyred on the Via Lavicana in Rome circa A.D. 250.
  • MEREWENNA, of noble Irish birth, she was the first Abbess of Romsey in Hampshire after its restoration under King Edward the Peaceful.   Under her leadership, the monastery prospered and even attracted royalty, including the princess St. Elfleda (8th February). St. Merewenna reposed circa A.D. 970.
  • PROTHADIUS (PROTAGIUS), the successor of St. Nicetius (8th February) as Bishop of Besançon in Gaul. He reposed in A.D. 624.
  • SALVIUS, an Abbot of Albelda in northern Aragon, he reposed in A.D. 962.
  • SCHOLASTICA, the sister of St. Benedict (11th July). She became a nun and lived near Montecassino, reposing circa A.D. 543. St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September), in his Life and Miracles of St. Benedict (Book Two of the Dialogues) says that St. Benedict saw her soul ascend to heaven in the form of a dove.
  • SILVANUS, (Date Unknown), a Bishop of Terracina.
  • SOTERIS, a virgin-martyr in Rome under Diocletian in A.D. 304. It appears she was related to St. Ambrose (7th December), who often mentioned her.
  • TRUMWIN, consecrated by St. Theodore of Canterbury (19th September) as Bishop of the Southern Picts in Scotland, St. Trumwin was a close friend of St. Cuthbert (26th October). According to St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), he was in attendance at the Synod on the Alne (A.D. 684). He suffered greatly in his work amongst the Picts, and often had to flee from province to province. When the Picts overran his monastery, St. Trumwin retired to Whitby, where he served as spiritual father to the nuns there under St. Elfleda (8th February), reposing in the beginning of the eighth century A.D.
  • ZOTICUS, IRENAEUS, HYACINTH, AMANTIUS AND COMPANIONS, a group of ten soldiers martyred in Rome in A.D. 120 and buried on the Via Lavicana.


* - 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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