16 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
16th February, (3rd February O.S.):




  • ANATOLIUS, a ninth century bishop in Scotland who went to Rome on pilgrimage, and settled as a hermit in Salins in the Jura, where at a later date a church was dedicated to him.
  • ANSGAR (ANSCHAR), born near Amiens in France, as a child he became a monk at Old Corbie in Picardy. He later moved to New Corbie in Saxony, from where he was taken by King Harold of Denmark to enlighten the heathen Danes. There he worked as Archbishop of Hamburg for thirteen years, extending his mission to Sweden, Norway and the north of present-day Germany. St. Ansgar reposed in 865.
  • BERLINDA (BERLINDIS, BELLAUDE), a niece of St. Amandus (6th February) who became a nun at Moorsel near Alost in Flander and later an anchoress in Meerbeke. St. Berlinda reposed in 702.
  • CAELLAINN (CAOILFIONN), a sixth century saint to whom a church in Roscommon Ireland is dedicated.
  • CELERINUS, a native of North Africa who earned the title of martyr on account of the sufferings he endured under Decius during a visit to Rome. Once he was freed, he returned to Carthage, where he was ordained deacon, reposing circa 250. Later a church was dedicated to him.
  • DEODATUS, an eighth century monk at Lagny.
  • FELIX, SYMPHRONIUS (SEMPRONIUS), HIPPOLYTUS AND COMPANIONS, a group of martyrs in North Africa.
  • HADELIN, a native of Gascony who followed St. Remaclus (3rd September) to Solignac, Maastricht and Stavelot and founded the monastery of Chelles. He lived as a hermit near Dinant on the Meuse, and reposed circa 690.
  • IA (HIA, IVES), the sister of St. Erth (31st October), who left her native Ireland to go to Cornwall with Ss. Fingar, Piala and others (14th December) and was martyred at the mouth of the River Hayle in 450. The town of St. Ives is named for her.
  • LAURENCE THE ILLUMINATOR, a Syrian who was driven by the Monophysite persecution to Italy, where he was ordained and founded a monastery near Spoleto. He was a bishop for twenty years, but then founded the monastery of Farfa in the Sabine hills near Rome, where he reposed in 576. St. Laurence was a well known peacemaker, and is called the Illuminator due to his gift of healing blindness, both spiritual and physical.
  • LAURENTINUS, IGNATIUS AND CELERINA, third century martyrs in North Africa. Ss. Laurentinus and Ignatius were uncles and St. Celerina was an aunt of the deacon St. Celerinus (3rd February).
  • LIAFDAG, a bishop in Jutland who ministered to the needs of the growing number of Orthodox, there but was martyred by pagans circa 980.
  • LUPICINUS AND FELIX, fifth century bishops of Lyons.
  • OLIVER (OLIVERIUS, LIBERIUS), a monk at Santa Maria di Portonuovo in Ancona who reposed circa 1050.
  • PHILIP OF VIENNE, the bishop of Vienne from circa 560 until his repose in 578.
  • REMEDIUS, a bishop of Gap.
  • TIGIDES AND REMEDIUS, two, probably sixth century bishops who served in succession in Gap.
  • WERBURGH, a daughter of St. Ermenhild (13th February) and King Wulfhere of Mercia, who became a nun at Ely under St. Etheldred (23rd June), and later founded three convents. She reposed at Trentham circa 699, but her relics were transferred to Chester, where she is the patron saint.
  • WERBURGH, a widow who became a nun, and later abbess, most likely at Bardney in England, and reposed circa 785.



* - 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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