31 January, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
31st January, (18th January O.S.):




  • ARCHELAIS, THECLA AND SUSANNA, three holy-virgins of the Romagna who fled to Nola in the Campagna in order to escape death, but there too they were accused of being Orthodox, were tortured, taken to Salerno and beheaded in 293.
  • DEICOLA (DEICOLUS, DESLE, DICHUL, DEEL, DELLE, DEILLE), a monk at Bangor in Ireland who followed St. Columbanus (23rd November) to Burgundy, where he helped found the monastery of Luxeuil. He went on to found a second monastery in Lure in the Vosges, and reposed circa 625.
  • FAUSTINA, a holy-virgin in Como, where, with her sister St. Liberata, she founded the convent of Santa Margarita. Both reposed in 580. Their relics are in Como Cathedral.
  • LEOBARD (LIBERD), a hermit in Tours near the monastery of Marmoutier for twenty-two years. He reposed in 593.
  • LIBERATA, a holy-virgin in Como, where, with her sister St. Faustina, she founded the convent of Santa Margarita. Both reposed in 580. Their relics are in Como Cathedral.
  • PRISCA, a third century virgin-martyr venerated from ancient times in Rome, where a church is dedicated to her on the Aventine.
  • ULFRID (WOLFRED, WILFRID), an Englishman who was a missionary in Germany and Sweden. He was martyred for destroying an image of Thor in 1028.
  • VOLUSIAN, a married senator who was chosen to serve as Bishop of Tours, and shortly after driven out by Arian Visigoths. He reposed in Toulouse in 496.



* - 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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