20 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


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


  • 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 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.



  • 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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