25 January, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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



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  • ARCADIUS, a prominent citizen of Caesarea near Algiers, who under Maximianus Herculeus was slowly and barbarously mutilated until he died circa A.D. 302.
  • BENEDICT BISCOP, St. Benedict Biscop was a Northumbrian of noble birth, who spent his youth at the court of King Oswiu. Returning from his second pilgrimage to Rome, A.D. 666, he became a monk at Lérins. Three years later, he accompanied St. Theodore (19th September) to Canterbury, where he became Abbot of the monastery of SS. Peter and Paul (later St. Augustine’s). He went on to found the monasteries of St. Peter at Wearmouth (A.D. 674) and St. Paul at Jarrow (A.D. 682). St. Benedict was an ardent advocate of Roman liturgical practice, and was well known for his enthusiasm for art and learning, returning from each of his five trips to Rome with numerous paintings, relics, and manuscripts.   He was responsible for bringing John the Archcantor of St. Peter’s in Rome to England to teach Roman chant, and is said to have introduced the use of glass windows and stone in the construction of English churches. St. Benedict’s Life was written by St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), who was St. Benedict’s charge from the age of seven.
  • CAESARIA, the sister of St. Caesarius of Arles (27th August) and abbess of the convent founded there by her brother. St. Caesaria reposed circa A.D. 530.
  • JOHN OF RAVENNA, the Bishop of Ravenna from A.D. 452 until his repose in A.D. 494. He saved his flock from the fury of Attila the Hun, and alleviated its suffering when the city was taken by Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths.
  • PROBUS, an early Bishop of Verona who reposed circa A.D. 59.
  • SALVIUS (SALVE, SAUVE), a Bishop of Amiens in Gaul. He reposed circa A.D. 625 and his relics were enshrined in Montreuil in Picardy.
  • TATIANA AND COMPANIONS, a renowned virgin-martyr of the eminent Tatian family, who, along with others, was tortured and slain for the Orthodox Faith in Rome circa A.D. 225.
  • VICTORIAN OF ASAN, founder of Asan (later re-named San Victorian after him) in the Pyrenees. St. Victorian reposed circa A.D. 560.
  • ZOTICUS, ROGATUS, MODESTUS, CASTULUS AND COMPANIONS, (date unknown), a group of forty to fifty soldiers martyred in North Africa.


* - 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 January, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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



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  • ALEXANDER, (Date Unknown), a native of Fermo near Ancona in the Marches, who became bishop of his native city and was martyred under Decius. His relics are enshrined in the Cathedral of Fermo.
  • ANASTASIUS, a notary of the Roman church who became a monk at, and then Abbot of, Castel Sant'Elia. St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) wrote that St. Anastasius and his monks reposed, at the call of an angel, in quick succession circa A.D. 570.
  • BOADIN, (Date Unknown), an Irishman who lived as a monk in France.
  • BRANDAN, (Fifth Century), an Irishman who took refuge from Pelagianism in Britain and then in Gaul, at a monastery where he later became abbot.
  • ETHENIA AND FIDELMIA, amongst the first converts of St. Patrick (17th March), they were daughters of King Laoghaire. Following their conversion, they became nuns and reposed in holiness A.D. 433.

  • KONTAKION OF SS. ETHENIA AND FIDELMIA — TONE IV
    Having been tonsured, O most pure and righteous virgins Ethenia and Fidelmia,
    you were found worthy to tarry in this vale of tears
    and to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, just once,
    before going to your eternal reward.
    We chant your praises and implore Christ our God
    that, in The Eleventh Day of Judgment,
    He will not find us wanting.

  • HONORATA, the sister of St. Epiphanius (21st January), Bishop of Pavia. She was a nun at Pavia when Odoacer, King of the Heruli, captured her, and she was ransomed by her brother and returned to Pavia, reposing circa A.D. 500.
  • HYGINUS, Pope of Rome from circa A.D. 138 until his repose (and possible martyrdom) circa A.D. 140.
  • LEUCIUS OF BRINDISI, a missionary from Alexandria, who is venerated as the first Bishop of Brindisi. He reposed circa A.D. 180.
  • PALDO, TASO AND TATO, three brothers from Benevento, who became monks at Farfa, and went on to found the monastery of San Vincenzo at the headwaters of the Volturno, serving as successive abbots, Paldo reposing circa A.D. 720, Taso circa A.D. 729, and Tato circa A.D. 739.
  • SALVIUS, (Date Unknown), a martyr in North Africa.


* - 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 January, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
23rd January (10th January O.S.)
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  • AGATHO, (On Eastern Calendars 20th February), Pope of Rome from A.D. 678 until his repose in A.D. 681. Originally from Palermo in Sicily, he called for the holding of the Sixth Œcumenical Council in Constantinople in A.D. 680 against Monothelitism.
  • DERMOT (DIARMIS, DIARMAID), (Sixth Century), Known from his earliest years for his sanctity, he was the spiritual father and teacher of St. Kieran of Clonmacnoise (9th September). St. Dermot went on to found, and serve as first abbot of a monastery on Innis-Clotran Island (Inchcleraun), Co. Longford Ireland.
  • JOHN CAMILLUS THE GOOD, a Bishop of Milan who worked against Arianism and Monothelitism, and reposed circa A.D. 660.
  • PETER URSEOLUS, a Venititan who served as Admiral of the Venetian fleet and then Doge of Venice. After two years as Doge he abandoned the world to become a monk at the monastery of Cuxa, where he later lived as a hermit until his repose in A.D. 987.
  • PETRONIUS, born in Avignon, he became a monk at Lérins and served as Bishop of Die from circa A.D. 456 until his repose circa A.D. 463.
  • SETHRID (SAETHRYTH), a stepdaughter of Anna, King of East Anglia, and half-sister of SS. Etheldred (Audrey) (23rd June) and Ethelburgh (7th July). She became a nun at Faremoutiers-en-Brie under St. Fara (3rd April), whom she succeeded as abbess. St. Sethrid reposed circa A.D. 660.
  • THOMIAN (TOIMEN), St. Thomian was the seventeenth Archbishop of Armagh, from circa A.D. 623 until circa A.D. 660. Always renowned for his great sanctity of life, he is also remembered for a letter he wrote to Rome concerning the Paschal Controversy.


* - 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 January, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
22nd January (9th January O.S.)
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  • ADRIAN, originally from North Africa, he became Abbot of Nerida not far from Naples. Part of the mission to England, he was chosen to be Archbishop of Canterbury, but declined the office and recommended instead St. Theodore of Tarsus (19th September), with whom he came to England. He became Abbot of SS. Peter and Paul, later called St Augustine's in Canterbury. He was well known for his holiness and learning, and reposed in A.D. 710.
  • BRITHWALD (BRIHTWALD), of Anglo-Saxon ancestry, the ninth Archbishop of Canterbury began as a monk and then became Abbot of Glastonbury. He resigned that dignity to devote his life to study and prayer at the small monastery of Reculver, near the Isle of Thanet in Kent. Upon the death of St. Theodore of Canterbury (19th September), A.D. 692, he was elevated to the Archbishopric of Canterbury; serving that See until his repose A.D. 731.
  • EPICTETUS, JUCUNDUS, SECUNDUS, VITALIS, FELIX AND COMPANIONS, a group of twelve martyrs in North Africa, who probably suffered under Decian circa A.D. 250. Epictetus was a bishop.
  • FOELLAN (FOILAN, FILLAN), (Eighth Century), after accompanying his mother, St. Kentigerna (7th January), and uncle, St. Comgan (13th October) from their native Ireland to Scotland, St. Foellan embraced the monastic life and laboured as a missionary until he was quite advanced in years. The place of his repose is called Strathfillan after him.
  • MARCELLINUS OF ANCONA, a native of Ancona in The Marches, he was consecrated bishop there circa A.D. 550 and reposed circa A.D. 566.
  • MARCIANA, a virgin-martyr in Mauritania in North Africa. Having been accused of breaking a statue of a goddess, she was thrown to the wild beasts and gored to death by a bull circa A.D. 303.
  • MAURONTUS (MAURONTIUS, MAURUNTIUS), the founder of the monastery of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil on the Loire. He reposed circa A.D. 700.
  • PASCHASIA, a virgin-martyr venerated from ancient times in Dijon, believed to have reposed circa A.D. 178.
  • WANINGUS (VANENG), a monk who helped St. Wandrille (22nd July) found Fontenelle. Shortly afterwards he went on to found another important monastery in Fécamp. He reposed circa A.D. 686.


* - 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 January, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
21st January (8th January O.S.)
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  • ALBERT OF CASHEL, (Seventh Century), whilst no reliable Life of this saint is extant, it seems that he was born in England and evangelised in Ireland and then later in Bavaria with St. Erhard of Regensburg (vide infra). He went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and, on his return to Bavaria, reposed, and was buried in Regensburg. St. Albert is the patron saint of Cashel in Ireland.
  • ATHELHELM (ATHELM), the twenty-first Archbishop of Canterbury, and an uncle of St. Dunstan (19th May)St. Athelhelm was a monk, and later became Abbot of Glastonbury. He was consecrated the first Bishop of Wells in Somerset A.D. 909, serving that See until his elevation to the Archbishopric of Canterbury in A.D. 923, reposing shortly after his elevation to that See. Some sources claim he reposed A.D. 926, and most likely presided at the coronation of King Athelstan of England A.D. 925, though there is no definitive evidence to support this.
  • ERGNAD (ERCNACTA), (Fifth Century), a native of present-day Antrim, this holy woman is said to have been tonsured by St. Patrick (17th March). She spent her monastic life as an anchoress and her last years were marked by many miracles.

  • TROPARION OF ST. ERGNAD — TONE III
    Turning thy back on the transitory glamour of the world, O Mother Ergnad,
    thou wast tonsured by the Hierarch Patrick.
    By fulfilling thy obedience, thou dost teach us the virtue of humility.
    Wherefore, O righteous one, pray that we may be given grace
    to accept spiritual guidance for the salvation of our souls.

    KONTAKION OF ST. ERGNAD — TONE VIII
    Adornment of Ireland and joy of monastics, O Mother Ergnad
    thou didst trample on the fiery passions, which war against the soul.
    O conqueror of them all and champion of purity,
    we praise thee, as is thy due, and in thine honour, we sing: Alleluia.


  • ERHARD, an Irishman who preached the Gospel as a bishop in Bavaria, mainly around Regensburg, and reposed circa A.D. 686.
  • EUGENIAN, (Fourth Century), a Bishop of Autun who was a staunch defender of Orthodoxy against Arianism, for which he was martyred.
  • FRODOBERT, a monk at Luxeuil who founded the monastery of Moutier-la-Celle near Troyes, where he led a life of unceasing prayer and asceticism reposing circa A.D. 673.
  • GARIBALDUS, the first Bishop of Regensburg in Bavaria. He was consecrated by St. Boniface (5th June) circa A.D. 740. It is probable that he had been Abbot of St. Emmeran in Regensburg at the time of his consecration. St. Garibaldus reposed in A.D. 762.
  • GUDULA (GOULE), a daughter of St. Amelberga of Maubeuge (10th July); she spent much time with St. Gertrude (17th March) at Nivelles, and afterwards lived a life of holiness reposing in A.D. 712. She is also the patron saint of Brussels, Belgium.
  • LUCIAN, MAXIMIAN AND JULIAN, martyred in Beauvais circa A.D. 290.
  • MAXIMUS, a Bishop of Pavia who attended Councils in Rome under Pope Symmachus, and reposed in A.D. 511.
  • NATHALAN, (Seventh Century), born to a wealthy landed family in Scotland, St. Nathalan distributed his estate amongst the poor and became a hermit, combining tilling the soil with assiduous prayer. He was famous for his learning (both secular and sacred), and his zeal in spreading the Faith. Elevated to the Bishopric of Aberdeen, he continued his charity to the poor, living in great austerity. St. Nathalan reposed A.D. 679.
  • PATIENS, (Second Century), believed to have been the fourth Bishop of Metz, where he is also the patron-saint.
  • PEGA, St. Pega was the sister of St. Guthlac (11th April), who also lived an hermetic life, initially at Crowland and then finally in Northamptonshire, where the village of Peakirk (Pega’s church) commemorates her. At some point after St. Guthlac’s repose, St. Pega went to Rome where she reposed circa A.D. 719. Her relics were placed in a local church, the name of which is now lost to us; however, they were reportedly the source of many miracles.
  • SEVERINUS, an Eastern monk who enlightened Noricum Ripense, now in Austria. He was the founder of several monasteries, notably one on the Danube near Vienna, where he organised help for those afflicted by the invasions of Attila and the Huns and where he reposed in 482. Six years after his repose, the monks were forced into exile, taking his relics to Naples, where the monastery of San Severino was built to enshrine them.
  • WULSIN, St. Wulsin was a monk and one of the restorers of monastic discipline in England during the tenth century A.D. under St. Dunstan (19th May). Appointed to serve as superior over the restored community at Westminster circa A.D. 960, he was elevated to Abbot A.D. 980. St. Wulsin was consecrated Bishop of Sherborne which he served until his repose A.D. 1002.


* - 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 January, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
20th January (7th January O.S.)
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  • ALDERICUS (ALDRIC, AUDRY), consecrated Bishop of Le Mans in A.D. 832, he was known as a saintly prelate and as an able administrator. Some of his works are still extant. St. Aldericus reposed in A.D. 856.
  • ANASTASIUS, Archbishop of Sens from A.D. 968 until his repose in A.D. 977. He began the building of the Cathedral at Sens, and was a great supporter of the monks of Saint-Pierre-le-Vif, in whose church he was buried.


  • Icon of St. Brannoc

  • BRANNOC, A sixth century saint, legends concerning him vary and are unreliable. However, it seems that he served for a time as tutor to the children of King St. Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April), and accompanied the king on a pilgrimage to venerate the tombs of the Apostles, possibly stopping in Brittany on his return for several years. Returning to Britain, he founded a monastery at Braughton, near Barnstaple in Devon, where his relics are said to rest beneath the church altar.
  • CRISPIN, a fifth century Bishop of Pavia who signed the acts of the Council of Milan.
  • CRONAN BEG, (Seventh Century), a Bishop of Ændrum, Co. Down, Ireland, St. Cronan Beg is mentioned in connexion with the Paschal Controversy in A.D. 640. There is no further information extant.
  • EMILIAN (AEMILIO), a monk at Saujon near Saintes, who reposed as a hermit in the forest of Combes near Bordeaux in A.D. 767.
  • KENTIGERNA, St. Kentigerna was the mother of St. Coellan (29th July) and the daughter of Kelly, Prince of Leinster, Ireland. Upon the death of her husband, she left Ireland and moved to Inchebroida Island in Loch Lomond, Scotland, where, along with her brother St. Comgan (13th October) and her son St. Foellan (9th January), she lived as an anchoress until her repose A.D. 733. A church remains dedicated to her to this day.
  • REINOLD (RAINALD, REYNOLD), a monk at the monastery of St. Pantaleon in Cologne. In A.D. 960 he was killed by stonemasons who threw his body into a pool near the Rhine, which was later found by divine revelation.
  • TILLO (THILLO, THIELMAN, THÉAU, TILLOINE, TILLON, TILMAN), a native of Saxony who was abducted by robbers and enslaved. After being freed by St. Eligius of Noyon (1st December), he became a monk at Solignac and enlightened the area around Tournai and Courtrai. He reposed circa A.D. 702.
  • VALENTINE, an abbot who became a bishop in Rhaetia. He reposed circa A.D. 470 in Mais in the Tyrol. Some years later his relics were translated to Trent and then to Passau.
  • WITTIKUND, a noble from Westphalia who was converted by a vision and baptised in A.D. 785. He was zealous in spreading Christianity and restoring churches resposing circa A.D. 804.


* - 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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19 January, 2015

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
19th January (6th January O.S.)
:



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  • ANASTASIUS, JUCUNDUS, FLORUS, FLORIANUS, PETER, RATITES, TATIA AND TILIS, (Fourth Century), a group of martyrs in Syrmium in Pannonia, now Hungary.
  • DIMAN (DIMAS, DIMA), (Seventh Century), a monk under St. Columba of Iona (9th June), and later Bishop of Connor in Ireland, St. Diman reposed A.D. 658. He was one of the prelates to whom the Church in Rome addressed its epistle on the Paschal Controversy and on the errors of Pelagianism.
  • EDEYRN, (Sixth Century), a hermit who was born in Britain, and is the patron saint of a church in Brittany.
  • EIGRAD, (Sixth Century), a brother of St. Samson (28th July), he was a disciple of St. Illtyd (6th November) and founder of a church at Anglesey in Wales.
  • FREDERICK OF ARRAS, a son of the Count of Verdun who gave his inheritance to the Bishop of Verdun. He then set out for the Holy Land, and on his return became a monk at St. Vanne and later at St. Vedast in Arras. He reposed in 1020.
  • HYWYN, (Sixth Century), St. Hywyn was most likely a companion of St. Cadfan (1st November) on his return journey from Brittany to Cornwall and Wales A.D. 516. It is believed that he was the founder of Aberdaron (Carnarvon); in addition, there are several churches in the West of England known as St. Owen’s or St. Ewen’s, which may have him for their patron. There are no other details of his life extant.
  • MACRA, a holy virgin from Rheims who was martyred in Fismes in Champagne in A.D. 287, before the persecution under Diocletian began.
  • MARTYRS OF NORTH-WEST AFRICA, a number of Christians of both sexes burnt at the stake under Septimius Severus circa A.D. 210.
  • MELANIUS (MELAINE), a Bishop of Rennes in Brittany, who succeeded in overcoming idolatry in his diocese and reposed circa A.D. 535.
  • MERINUS, St. Merinus was a disciple of St. Donat (Dunwyd) (7th August) of Bangor, and patron saint of churches in Wales and in Brittany. He lived at some point in the sixth century A.D.; there is no further information on this saint extant.
  • PETER OF CANTERBURY, a member of the Gregorian mission to the Anglo-Saxons, St. Peter was the first Abbot of the monastery (SS. Peter and Paul — later St. Augustine’s) founded by St. Augustine of Canterbury (27th May). St. Peter was killed at Ambleteuse, near Boulogne either A.D. 607 or A.D. 614. His relics are still honoured at the location of his repose.
  • SCHOTIN (SCARTHIN), (Sixth Century), whilst still quite young, this saint left his native Ireland to become a disciple of St. David (1st March) in Wales. He later returned to Ireland, living as a hermit on Mt. Mairge in Leix for many years, he was also the founder of a school for youths at Kilkenny.
  • WILTRUDIS, a pious woman who after the death of her husband founded the convent of Bergen near Neuburg, where she became a nun and the first abbess. Reposing circa A.D. 986.


* - 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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